Since its founding in 2009, the Office of Sustainability has invited nationally and internationally renowned artists, activists, authors, scientists, and conservationists to speak at Wake Forest. Through partnership with faculty members and departmental co-sponsors, our annual keynote lectures facilitate cross-disciplinary discussion and engagement with sustainability topics. Our keynote lectures are free and open to the public.

Previous speakers have included: three-time U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (2022), activist and writer Raj Patel (2019), urban revitalization strategist Majora Carter (2018), award-winning writer and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams (2017), Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell (2016), and activist and scholar Vandana Shiva (2014), among others. See the full list below.

The 2023 – 24 keynote speaker is award-winning author and science writer, David Quammen. Learn more and register here.

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Past Speakers

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