WVU Festival of Ideas topics range from GMOs to suicide prevention

MORGANTOWN — WVU recently announced its lineup for this season’s Festival of Ideas. It will cover topics ranging from suicide prevention to civic engagement to genetically engineered food.

The series includes:

— “Suicide Prevention Across the Lifespan and the Rural-Urban Continuum” will be presented at 4 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Health Sciences Center — Okey Patteson Auditorium. Dr. John Campo, chief behavioral wellness officer, assistant dean for behavioral health, and professor of behavioral medicine and psychiatry at WVU and the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, will speak.

— “Lincoln and West Virginia Statehood: The ‘Other’ Big News of January 1, 1863” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 in the Mountainlair Ballrooms. The talk will be given by Harold Holzer, winner of the 2015 Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln Prize and is one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era.

— “Food Evolution,” which is narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, will be presented at 730 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Gluck Theater. Following the movie, Scott Hamilton Kennedy, a writer, director, producer, cameraman and editor, will be on hand to answer questions.

— “Rebuilding America Through Civility and Civic Engagement” will be presented by Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman and will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Mountainlair Ballrooms.

— “HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Mountainlair Ballrooms. Nadine Strossen will discuss Constitutional law and civil liberties.

— The WVU Presidents Panel will be at 3 p.m. Decl 6 in the Mountainlair Ballrooms, featuring WVU President Gordon Gee and former WVU presidents to discuss the future of higher education.

The WVU Festival of Ideas was created in 1995 by President Emeritus David C. Hardesty Jr.

Events are free and open to the public.

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