What is the Wicked Festival?

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The Wicked Festival is an exposition of student problem solving hosted by the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences and supported by the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL), Citizen Leader, and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.

The festival started in 2021 and grew out of the "wicked problems" literature that's been around for decades. The impetus on our campus was a CITL book group in Spring 2021 on Paul Hanstedt's book Creating Wicked Students: Designing Courses for a Complex World.  The book inspired several important tenets of the festival:  Students tackle wicked, complex, multi-dimensional public problems. Students find solutions. Students talk about their problems and solutions with others, making themselves "authorities." 

Students can talk about their problems and solutions in a variety of ways: through presentations, posters, and videos. We're open to new ways for students to demonstrate their expertise and spawn conversations on their problems and solutions.

See the schedule of events for the Fall 2022 Wicked Festival at left.

To talk more about the Wicked Festival or to ask questions, please contact Dr. Paige Tan, Professor, Department of Political Science, Radford University at etan3@radford.edu.

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Hear a student talk about the spring 2022 Wicked Festival!

When is it?

The Fall 2022 Wicked Festival is November 10, 2022 5-7:30pm.

We are having a special guest joining us this Wicked, Dr. Paul Hanstedt, author of the Creating Wicked Students book that inspired our festival. Dr. Hanstedt, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Washington & Lee University, will give opening remarks and observe the festival.