Festival of Ideas was created in 1995 by President Emeritus David C. Hardesty, Jr. It was inspired by events he organized as WVU’s student body president in the 1960’s.
Today, the lecture series spans the academic year and brings a diverse group of newsmakers, public figures and thought leaders—along with WVU’s own academic superstars—to engage the campus community in important issues of the day.
A speaker series such as the David C. Hardesty, Jr. Festival of Ideas is at the heart of what a university represents—the free exchange of ideas, knowledge, and the discovery of new and exciting ideas and possibilities.
These events are supported in part by the David C. Hardesty, Jr. Festival of Ideas Endowment.