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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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2020-2021 Series 

Peter C. Harvey

Peter C. Harvey

A central player in civil and criminal trials, government investigations and consumer fraud matters.

October 7, 2020
7:00 PM

Livestream link will be available here 30 minutes before start of event. It will not be archived for viewing later.

Questions for the speaker can be emailed in advance of the event to:
festivalofideas@mail.wvu.edu. Please list the speaker name in the subject line.
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

Livestream link will be available here 30 minutes before start of event. It will not be archived for viewing later.

Questions for the speaker can be emailed in advance of the event to:
festivalofideas@mail.wvu.edu. Please list the speaker name in the subject line.

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

Livestream link will be available here 30 minutes before start of event. It will not be archived for viewing later.

Questions for the speaker can be emailed in advance of the event to:
festivalofideas@mail.wvu.edu. Please list the speaker name in the subject line.
Clemantine Wamariya

Clemantine Wamariya

Author of the Campus Read book The Girl Who Smiled Beads

October 28, 2020
7:00 PM

Livestream link will be available here 30 minutes before start of event. It will not be archived for viewing later.

Questions for the speaker can be emailed in advance of the event to:
festivalofideas@mail.wvu.edu. Please list the speaker name in the subject line.

Co-sponsored by the WVU Humanities Center

Photo credit: Julia Zave