Free and open to the public!
All lectures begin at 7:30 p.m.
Former Governor of New Mexico
September 23, 2013 | The Erickson Alumni Center
Former Governor of New Mexico Bill Richardson visits WVU in conjunction with the College of Law Business and Human Rights: Moving Forward, Looking Back conference, an event supported by the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights. As the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Richardson will reflect on his experiences within the organization and the importance of its work in promoting human rights in innovation, business and globalization.
Founder and CEO of Nuru International
October 17, 2013 | Mountainlair
Jake Harriman is a West Virginia native and former U.S. Marine who toured the Middle East, Africa and Asia, where he saw firsthand the devastating effects of extreme poverty. He will discuss how his personal experiences convinced him that eradicating this problem is the key to ultimately stemming the proliferation of terrorism. This conviction spurred him to develop and launch Nuru International – a social venture committed to ending extreme poverty in remote, rural areas – while earning an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
WVU Professor Emeritus of History
November 5, 2013 | Mountainlair
As part of Mountaineer Week, Ronald Lewis, professor emeritus of history at WVU and Historian Laureate of West Virginia, will discuss his latest book, Aspiring to Greatness: West Virginia University since World War II, which chronicles the emergence of WVU as a major land-grant institution. The book focuses on the modern historical developments that elevated the University from a small regional institution to one of national prominence. Lewis will explore the University’s history as an innovative, pioneering force within higher education through its major postwar stages of expansion, diversification and commercialization.
Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (documentary)
February 5, 2014 | Mountainlair Ballrooms
Professor Angela Davis is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad. Over the years she has been active as a student, teacher, writer, scholar, activist, and organizer. She is a living witness to the historical struggles of the contemporary era.
Graduate Student, WVU Center for Neuroscience
March 6, 2014 | The Erickson Alumni Center
Paul Holcomb, a graduate student in Dr. George Spirou’s lab at the WVU Center for Neuroscience, was selected from a diverse group of scientists across campus as WVU’s 2013 Science Idol. WVU’s Science on Tap coordinated the competition and the winner was awarded the chance to present their original research as part of the 2013-14 Festival of Ideas.
Author and Philanthropist
Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis
March 27, 2014 | Creative Arts Center
While living in Florence, Italy, Robert Edsel developed a great passion for art and architecture and became curious as to how so many of the iconic monuments and great works of art (including Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” and Michelangelo’s “David”) survived theft and devastation during World War II. What began as a question evolved into an impassioned journey to tell the story of the Monuments Men, the unsung heroes who saved the world’s greatest art and cultural treasures for the benefit of civilization.
March 26, 2014 | Clay Center in Charleston, WV
One of America’s most respected political analysts, Jeff Greenfield has spent more than 30 years on network television and is known for his quick wit and savvy insight into politics, history, media and current events. A former speechwriter for Robert F. Kennedy, Greenfield explores what might have been in American political history had JFK not been assassinated.
Festival of Ideas was created in 1995 by former president, David C. Hardesty, Jr. It was inspired by events he organized as WVU’s student body president in the 1960s. 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 superstars to campus to engage the community in important issues of the day.