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2018-2019 Series

Suicide Prevention Across the Lifespan and the Rural-Urban Continuum (Tanner Lecture)

  John V. Campo, MD

Lincoln and West Virginia Statehood: The "Other" Big News of January 1, 1863
  Harold Holzer

Food Evolution (Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design)
  Movie screening and discussion with Academy Award nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy

Lessons Learned (WVU Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the College of Business and Economics)
  Rodney Williams

Rebuilding America Through Civility and Civic Engagement 
  Noah Feldman

Patriotism, Politics and the Playing Field (WVU Reed College of Media)
  Tony Caridi, Moderator
  Nancy Armour, sports columnist, USA TODAY 
  Kevin Blackistone, sports columnist, The Washington Post
  Kimberley A. Martin, senior NFL reporter, Yahoo Sports
  Keith Reed, contributing editor, 100 Days in Appalachia
  Etan Thomas, writer, poet, activist, leader and mentor

Why Does Race Still Matter?
  George Yancy

The Future of Higher Education - WVU President's Panel Discussion
  Dr. Robert E. DiClerico, moderator
  Gene A. Budig, 1977-1980
  Diane L. Rinehard, 1985-1986
  Neil S. Bucklew, 1981-1986
  David C. Hardesty Jr. - 1995-2007
  C. Peter Magrath, 2008-2009
  James P. Clements, 2009-2013
  E. Gordon Gee, 1981-1985, 2014-present

Tobacco and Vaping: A West Virginia Challenge (Nath Lecture)
 Frankie Tack, MS, AADC, CCS, NCC

HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship
  Nadine Strossen

One Father's Journey Raising A Transgender Child
  Wayne and Kelly Maines

2017-2018 Series

Opioid Crisis in America (Tanner Lecture)
  Petros Levounis, MD, MA, DFASAM 

Journalism on the Frontline (Reed College of Media)  
  Hoppy Kercheval - moderator
  Mark Landler, The New York Times
  Tara McKelvey, BBC News
  Katherine Skiba, The Chicago Tribune
  Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner

The New Digital Era and the Implications for Education (College of Business and Economics)
  John Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco Systems

Blue Zones: Secrets of a Long Life
  Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times Best-Selling Author

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
  Documentary featuring former Vice President Al Gore

The Truth About Global Warming
  Bjorn Lomborg, PhD

Understanding the Opioid Epidemic
  Clay B. Marsh, MD - moderator  
  Michael R. Brumage, MD, MPH, FACP, FACPM
  John Deskins, PhD  
  Eric Eyre  
Sally L. Hodder, MD
Ali Rezai, MD  
  Frankie Tack MS, AADC, CCS, NCC

Hillbilly Elegy
  JD Vance

What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia
  Elizabeth Catte, PhD

The Industries of the Future
  Alec Ross

Talking Black in America
  Kirk Hazen, PhD - moderator  
Renée Blake, PhD
  Crystal Goode
Walt Wolfram

2016-2017 Series

The Dance of Feminism and the Human Rights Globally over the Past 25 Years
  Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director and Senior Scholar at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership,  Rutgers University

Seafood from Slaves: From Investigation to Pulitzer Prize (Reed College of Media)
  Emily Corio  - moderator    
  Margie Mason, Associated Press Writer  
  Esther Htusan, Associated Press Writer
  Robin McDowell, Associated Press Writer
  Martha Mendoza, Associated Press Writer

The Dawn of Gravitational-Wave Astronomy (Nath Lecture)
  Sean McWilliams, PhD, West Virginia University Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

American Injustice: Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference
  Bryan Stevenson, author

Truth and Consequences: Fake News, Filter Bubbles and Democracy
  Emily Corio - moderator                    
  Elizabeth Cohen, Assistant Professor of Communications Studies, WVU       
  Zach Graves, Technology Policy Program Director, R Street Institute       
  Paige LavenderSenior Politics Editor, the Huffington Post                                                                                                        
  David Mikkelson, Founder,       
  Errin Haines Whack, Urban Affairs Reporter, the Associated Press 

West Virginia and the Industries of the Future
  Alec Ross, New York Times  best-selling author & former Senior Advisor for Innovation at the U.S. Department of State 

2015-2016 Series 

From World War I to World War Z
  Max Brooks, author

Diversity is a Way of Life (Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
  Justin Brown, MA, founder, Diversity Awareness Program

America's New Manufacturing
  Eric A. Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens Corporation, USA

The Culture Wars of the 80's and 90's
  Michael Bérubé, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Literature and Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanities,
    Pennsylvania State University

Healthy Brain Aging: What You Can Do Now  
  Charles F. Reynolds II, MD, UPMC Endowed Professor in Geriatric Psychiatry
      Director, Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research in Late Life Depression Prevention and Hartford         Center of Excellence in Geriatric Psychiatry            
      Director, Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh

Beyond the Hype and Headlines: The 2016 Elections Matter More Than You Think
  Michael Tomasky - moderator, Special Correspondent for the Daily Beast and Editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas
  Jamelle Bouis, Chief Political Correspondent, Slate
  Ezra Klein, Editor-in-Chief, Vox
  Paige Lavender, Senior Politics Editor, Huffington Post
  Mercedes Schlapp, Co-founder of Cove Strategies, TV political commentator and former White House spokesperson under     President George W. Bush

America's Opiate Epidemic  
  Sam Quinones, journalist and author, in conversation with John Temple, Professor, West Virginia University Reed College of Media 

Fractured Spaces: Deconstructing Photo Narratives from Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan
  Lois Raimondo, The Shott Chair of Journalism, West Virginia University Reed College of Media

Spring 2015

      Marcel Drimer
    Holocaust Survivor 

Barbara Kellerman
    James McGregor Burns Lecturer in Leadership
    Center for Public Leadership

Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation

Dan Fagin
    Environmental Journalist

Fall 2014

November 2014

Stuart Yudofsky, MD
    Chairman of the department of psychiatry,  Baylor College of Medicine and Houston Methodist Hospital

Get the Picture: A Personal History of Photojournalism

John G. Morris
    Photo Editor,  Life Magazine 

September 2014

Chuck D
    Music Artist

Spring 2014

An Evening with Robert Edsel

Robert Edsel

The BRAIN Initiative: Computers, Connectomes and the Emergence of Technology

Paul Holcomb
    Neuroscience PhD Student,  Dr. George Spirou lab at  West Virginia University 

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners

Angela Davis
    Distinguished Professor Emerita,  University of California, Santa Cruz

Fall 2013

Aspiring to Greatness: West Virginia University since WWII

Ronald Lewis
    West Virginia University Professor Emeritus, Department of  History 

The End: Nuru's Vision for a World without Poverty

Jake Harriman
    Founder and CEO, Nuru International

Spring 2013


Scott W. Tinker
    Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology a t the University of Texas at Austin 
    and the co-producer the film “Switch”

Fall 2012

Human Rights Campaign

      Candace Gingrich-Jones
    Associate Director,  Youth and Campus Outreach

The End of Illness 

      David B. Agus, MD
    Pioneering Cancer Doctor, Biomedical Researcher
    NY Times Best Selling Author

Globalization and the Lessons of Leadership

      Jeffrey R. Immelt
    Chairman and CEO,  General Electric

Spring 2012

Charles Best
    Educator and Founder,

The Revolution will be Tweeted

Panel Discussion

      Andy Carvin
    Senior Strategist,  National Public Radio's Social Media Desk

      Issandr El Amrani
    Cairo-Based Writer, Blogger and Consultant

      Jigar Mehta
    Digital Entrepreneur, Video Journalist and Documentary Filmmaker of 18 Days in  Egypt

      Nasser Weddady
    Civil Rights Outreach Director,  American Islamic Congress

      Jillian York
    Director of International Freedom of Expression,  Electronic Frontier Foundation

An Evening with Dr. Robert DiClarico

Robert DiClarico, PhD
    Political Science Professor and Presidential Scholar,  West Virginia University 

How to Win a Cosmic War

Reza Aslan
    Author and Entrepreneur

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

More Davids than Goliaths

Harold Ford, Jr.
    Former U.S. Congressman 

Fall 2011

A Private Conversation with Jerry West

Jerry West
    Retired NBA Player 
    WVU Alumni 

The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD
      Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction

The Land Grant Faith and its Practice

C. Peter Magrath, PhD
    Interim President,  State University of New York at Binghamton 

Spring 2011

Unscientific America: How Science Illiteracy Threatens our Future

Sheril Kirshenbaum
    Research Scientist, the Webber Energy Group

The Front-lines of History: 20 Years of Reporting from Around the World

Sebastian Junger
    Award Winning Journalist and Author
    2011 Academy Award Nominee

      Tim Hetherington
    Filmmaker and Photojournalist 
    2011 Academy Award Nominee

Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster

Michael Eric Dyson


John Kao
    Author and Strategic Advisor 

Einstein's Unfinished Symphony

Duncan Lorimer
    Professor of Astronomy,  West Virginia University 

      Maura McLaughlin 
    Professor of Astronomy,  West Virginia University 

Fall 2010

An Evening with James Gunn

James Gunn

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Rebecca Skloot

Spring 2010

The Questions

Debate Team

    Samantha Godbey

Want Jobs? Invest in our Universities 

Norman R. Augustine
    Chair, Rising Above the Gathering Storm Committee
    National Academy of  Sciences, National Academy of Engineering  and  I nstitute of Medicine of the National Academies

The World without Us

Alan Weisman

The Peace Caravan Project

Marla Mossman
      Photographer and Artist 

An Evening with Gary Paul Nabhan

Gary Paul Nabhan, PhD

Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes and in our Lives

Soledad O'Brien 
      Acclaimed Special Investigations Correspondent and Host, CNN's In America Documentaries

An Evening with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. 

Henry Louis Gates Jr. PhD
      Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University
      Director, W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research

Step Out on Nothing: An Evening with Byron Pitts

Byron Pitts
      CBS News Chief National Correspondent and Contributing Correspondent, 60 Minutes

2009 Series

The Evolution of Mass Communication

Walter Isaacson
      Writer and Journalist

The Search and Discovery of our Earliest Ancestors

Meave Leakey

Darwin, Complexity, Systems Biology and P4 Medicine

Leroy Hood
    President and Co-founder, ISB; SVP & CSO, Providence St. Joseph Health

Politics, Policy and Reality: What's Really Going on in Washington

Gwen Ifill
    Moderator and Managing Editor, PBS's "Washington Week"
    Co-Anchor and Managing Editor, "PBS NewsHour"

Hip Hop's Influence on Law and Culture

Cornel West, PhD
    Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice, Union Theological Seminary 

Free the Poor! The Evolution of Ideas toward Ending Poverty from the Bottom Up

William Easterly
    Professor of Economics, New York University 
    Co-director, NYU Development Research Institute