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UC Speaker Series

Each year, the UC Speaker Series brings distinguished speakers and thought-provoking events to Charleston, West Virginia.  Speakers have included astronaut Sally Ride, crusader Erin Brokovich, comedian Dave Barry, White House chef Walter Scheib, Time Magazine editor Nancy Gibbs, and many others.  The Forum on the Future of Energy in 2010 pitted environmentalist Bobby Kennedy against coal magnate Don Blankenship in a debate watched around the world. 

Upcoming Events

On March 17th Storyteller Dave Lieber joins us for a humorous look at  “How I survived New York and West Virginia, but Texas almost killed me”.  

Storyteller, humorist and motivational speaker, Dave Lieber is a former Charleston Gazette reporter, and is currently a consumer watchdog columnist for The Dallas Morning News. He has written several books and engaged audiences worldwide with his funny and engaging talks about the importance of storytelling.  To hear an example of his style, here is his TedX talk, given in 2013: 

On April 9th, Jessica Hamar Martinez of the Pew Research organization will present  “The Changing Shape of the U.S. Religious Landscape”. The talk will address changes in Americans’ religious affiliation over time, including the growth of the religiously unaffiliated, as well as changes in their religious beliefs and practices, including a look at areas such as attendance at religious services, belief in God and views on social issues.  

For more information call 304-357-4719.

Events are at 6:30 p.m. in the Geary Auditorium, free and open to the public.

Since 2001, the Dow Chemical Foundation has been the major sponsor for UC Speaker Series events.

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