September 1, 2015
Eric A. Spiegel
October 13, 2015
Waterfront Place Hotel Ballroom
Mr. Spiegel joined Siemens USA in January 2010 after 25 years of global consulting experience with complex organizations in the oil and gas, power, chemical, water, industrial and automotive fields. As the President and CEO of Siemens USA, Spiegel is responsible for growing the U.S. business into the company’s largest market. Siemens is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 167 years. An expert on the global energy industry, Mr. Spiegel co-authored the 2009 book Energy Shift: Game-changing Options for Fueling the Future.
Mr. Spiegel holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where he was an Edward Tuck Scholar and received his A.B. with Honors in Economics from Harvard University. He is the chairman of Ford’s Theatre Society Board in Washington, D.C. and a member of The Board of Overseers at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business and the Board of Trustees at Rollins College. He is also a director of Liberty Mutual Holding Company, Inc., and a member of the President’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee.
October 27, 2015
Erickson Alumni Center
Charles F. Reynolds III, MD
October 28, 2015
Fukushima Auditorium, HSC North
Beyond the Hype and Headlines: The 2016 Elections Matter More than You Think
While Donald Trump’s tweets and Hillary Clinton’s emails have dominated the headlines, there is actually much more at stake in the upcoming presidential election – issues that will help define our country’s course for current and future generations. A distinguished panel of Washington journalists and pundits from across the political spectrum will discuss why 2016 could be one of the most important elections in our lifetime.
Michael Tomasky, Special Correspondent for The Daily Beast and Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas
WVU, Class of 1982
Jamelle Bouie, Chief Political Correspondent, Slate
Ezera Klein, Editor in Chief, Vox
Paige Lavender, Senior Political Editor, Huffington Post
WVU, Class of 2011
Mercedes Schlapp, Cofounder of Cove Strategies, TV Political Commentator, and former White House spokesperson under President George W. Bush
March 18, 2015
Barbara Kellerman is the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She will discuss her global work and latest book, Hard Times: Leadership in America. This event is co-sponsored by West Virginia University’s Nath Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series and the F. Duke Perry Professorship in Leadership Studies.
April 1, 2015
Marcel Drimer is a Holocaust survivor and current survivor volunteer with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He will share his stories of surviving the Holocaust while a young boy living in Drohobycz, Poland, a small town now part of Ukraine.
All lectures are free and open to the public
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 1960s.
Today, the lecture series spans the academic year and engages a diverse group of newsmakers, public figures, thought leaders, and West Virginia University’s own superstars with the campus community.
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