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Welcome to Hardesty Festival of Ideas

The lecture series spans the academic year and brings a diverse group of news-makers, public figures and thought leaders—along with WVU’s own academic superstars—to engage the campus community in important issues of the day.

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2020-2021 Series 

Peter C. Harvey

Peter C. Harvey

Creating A New Relationship Between Communities and Police Departments: Establishing Mutual Trust and Shared Responsibility For Safer Neighborhoods.

October 7, 2020
W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell

Sociopolitical comedian, host and executive producer of United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell

October 14, 2020
7:00 PM


Co-sponsored by the WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 
Chris Herren

Chris Herren

Former NBA player and advocate for prevention of substance abuse

October 21, 2020
7:00 PM

Clemantine Wamariya
Author of the Campus Read book The Girl Who Smiled Beads

October 28, 2020
7:00 PM


Co-sponsored by the WVU Humanities Center

Photo credit: Julia Zave


Mary Marantz

Mary Marantz

WVU grad and author of the debut book Dirt, a story about growing up in West Virginia and her journey after.

March 3, 2021
7:00 p.m.