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Welcome to Festival of Ideas

Today, 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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Spring 2018 Series

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic: A panel discussion 

Moderated by Dr. Clay B. Marsh
Vice President and Executive Dean for WVU Health Sciences

Co-sponsored by Charleston Gazette-Mail

February 20, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Charleston Civic Center - Little Theater

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Culture in Crisis

A #1 New York Times best seller, soon to be a major motion picture from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Hillbilly Elegy is J.D. Vance’s gripping examination of both his upbringing in a poor Rust Belt town and the growing concerns of working‐class Americans. Vance strikes a chord with audiences as he shares his personal story of the impact of a social, regional, and economic decline. In this fascinating and timely discussion, he sheds light on an often‐forgotten corner of the country, offering not just a powerful picture of how upward mobility really feels, but also the loss of the modern‐day American dream.

February 21, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Mountainlair Ballrooms
ECatte book
What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia

Catte will discuss her new book, What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia -- a frank assessment of the country's recent obsession with the people and problems of Appalachia that uses the region's rich and complex history to push back against media stereotypes.

Co-sponsored by WVU Humanities Center and the WVU Press

February 27, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Life Sciences Building - G15

*Complimentary parking will be available in Lots 5, 10 and Short Term 10 beginning @ 7PM.
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The Industries of the Future

New York Times best-selling author and one of America's leading experts on innovation, Alec Ross explores the technological and economic trends and developments that will shape the next ten years.

March 21, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Mountainlair Ballrooms - 2nd FL
Talking Black in America
Talking Black in America

Watch the documentary and then stay for the panel discussion!
April 10, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Mountainlair Ballrooms - 2nd FL

Talking Black in America: A panel discussion

Moderated by Dr. Kirk Hazen
WVU Professor of Linguistics

Co-sponsored by the Nath Lecture

April 10, 2018
8:00 p.m.
Mountainlair Ballrooms - 2nd FL

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