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, these events facilitate cross-disciplinary discussion and engagement in sustainability topics. Our keynote lectures are free and open to the public.
Keep an eye out for our upcoming events at events.wfu.edu.
- Poet Warrior: An Evening with US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (2022)
- Climate Feminism: “To Change Everything, We Need Everyone” Virtual Keynote with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnston (2021)
- Leadership for Environmental Justice: Changing Food Systems through Access, Equity and Empowerment with Brahm Ahmadi (2020)
- The Uninhabitable Earth with David Wallace Wells (2019)
- Writing Beyond Words: Perspectives on Earth and Humanity with Carl Safina (2019)
- The World that Food Made with Raj Patel (2018)
- Earth Week Keynote Address by Majora Carter (2018)
- The Age of Consequences with Filmmaker Sophie Robinson (2018)
- Drawdown: A Playbook for Reversing Climate Change with Katharine Wilkinson (2017)
- Writing Resistance with Terry Tempest Williams (2017)
- An Evening of Songs and Stories with Chuck Leavell (2016)
- North Carolina Power Dialog (2016)
- Truth, Lies, and Politics (2016)
- Road to Paris – Climate Education (2015)
- Make Every Bite Count Speaker & Event Series featuring Keynote Lecture with Dr. Vandana Shiva (2014)
- Reflecting on an Evening with Joy Harjo: The Arts as a Catalyst for Conversations on Environmental Justice & SustainabilityOn January 26th, 2022, partners across the Wake Forest University community had the honor of hosting Joy Harjo, the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, for an evening of poetry and reflection. … Read more
- How Can Alarm Motivate Us to Take Climate Action?
- Writing Beyond Words: Perspectives on Earth and Humanity with Carl Safina
- Raj Patel Speaks to Campus on “The World that Food Made”Dr. Raj Patel engaged a full house at the Byrum Welcome Center with enlightening stories of agriculture, systemic inequality, and how one village in Malawi empowered people through food. By: Adam Tomasi Read more
- Keynote and Dialogue with Urban Revitalization Strategist Majora CarterMajora Carter, a leading urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster, will lead a conversation on Community as a Corporation and how talent-retention strategies can be used to mitigate fears … Read more
- Take Action to Draw Down Greenhouse Gas EmissionsDr. Katharine Wilkinson spoke at Wake Forest University on October 5, 2017 on the 80 solutions to reversing global warming. We are already experiencing the effects of climate change— temperatures are rising, precipitation … Read more