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2018-2019 Series

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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, Snopes.com       
  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
    Author


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

Switch

     
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

DonorsChoose.org

     
Charles Best
    Educator and Founder,  DonorsChoose.org


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
    Author


More Davids than Goliaths

     
Harold Ford, Jr.
    Author
    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
    Author
      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
    Author
    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
    Author


Innovation

     
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
    Author


The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

     
Rebecca Skloot
    Author




Spring 2010

The Questions

     
Debate Team

    Samantha Godbey
    Moderator


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
      Author


The Peace Caravan Project

     
Marla Mossman
      Photographer and Artist 


An Evening with Gary Paul Nabhan

     
Gary Paul Nabhan, PhD
      Writer


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
      Author
      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
      Paleoanthropologist


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







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