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Hardesty 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 1960’s.

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.

A speaker series such as the Hardesty Festival of Ideas is at the heart of what a university represents—the free exchange of ideas, knowledge, and the discovery of new and exciting ideas and possibilities.

These events are supported in part by the Hardesty Festival of Ideas Endowment. If you are interested in learning how your support can make a difference, please contact Tim Bolling at the West Virginia University Foundation at 304-284-4000 or by email to

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