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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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2017-2018 Series

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Opioid Crisis in America

August 17, 2017 | 4:00 p.m.
Fukushima Auditorium at the Health Sciences Center

Co-sponsored by the Tanner Lecture Series


Learn more about the Opioid Crisis Watch a replay of the webcast

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Journalism on the Frontlines: Covering the Trump Administration

September 13, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Mountainlair Ballrooms

Co-sponsored by the Ogden Newspapers Seminar Series and the Reed College of Media
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The New Digital Era and the Implications for Education

October 27, 2017 | 11:00 a.m.
Mountainlair Ballrooms

Co-sponsored by the College of Business and Economics 


Book cover of Dan Buettner's work -The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons from the World's Happiest People.

Blue Zones: Secrets of a Long Life

November 2, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Mountainlair Ballrooms

Learn more about the Blue Zone lecture! Book signing to follow! 

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Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming

December 3, 2017 | 2:00 p.m.
Mountainlair Ballrooms

Co-sponsored by Young President's Organization



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