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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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2019-2020 Series


Tara Westover

TARA WESTOVER

Author of the New York Times bestseller Educated: A Memoir

November 11, 2019
Mountainlair Ballrooms
7:30 p.m. 

Co-sponsored by Campus Read and the WVU Humanities Center

Book signing to follow.

SOLD OUT! 
Greenbank Observatory

DR. MAURA McLAUGHLIN and DR. DUNCAN LORIMER

Reaching for the Stars

February 18, 2020
6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Nath Lecture

Due to limited seating (60) for each session, tickets will be required. Please check back for the date the link to request tickets becomes available. 
Lilly Ledbetter

LILLY LEDBETTER

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

March 10, 2020
7:30 p.m.

Book signing to follow.
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COMING SOON!

March 25, 2020
Lyell B. Clay Theatre
7:30 p.m.


Piper Kerman

PIPER KERMAN

Reform advocate and author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Orange is the New Black

April 14, 2020
Mountainlair Ballrooms
7:30 p.m.

Book signing to follow.

Co-sponsored by the Reed College of Media

Due to the popularity of the speaker and limited seating, (free) tickets will be required. Please check back here for updated information as it becomes available.

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