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By The West Virginia Record | Apr 7, 2011

Dr. John Alexander Williams, was the keynote speaker. He is a Professor Emeritus of History at Appalachian State University. (Photos courtesy of WVU College of Law)

Dr. John Alexander Williams, was the keynote speaker. He is a Professor Emeritus of History at Appalachian State University. (Photos courtesy of WVU College of Law)

Moderator and panelist Patricia H. Lee, right, led a discussion including panelists, from left, WVU law student Grant Bayerle, WVU law professor Anne Marie Lofaso and Triana Energy senior vice president James H. Dissen. Lee is a visiting law professor at WVU.

MORGANTOWN -- The West Virginia University College of Law Entrepreneurship Innovation and Law Program on April 6 served as host to the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Symposium: Celebrating West Virginia Entrepreneurship.

The event was held in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom at the WVU Law Center.

"What better time to celebrate West Virginia's entrepreneurial future than now during its Sesquicentennial anniversary year" says Professor Patricia H. Lee, director of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Program.

The symposium began with a keynote address by Dr. John Alexander Williams entitled "The Creation of West Virginia: Economic and Industrial Implications."

The day continued with a discussion entitled "Looking Forward: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Job Creation."

A reception followed.

The event was hosted in conjunction with the activities of the West Virginia Sesquicentennial on the WVU Campus featuring "A New Home for Liberty –- Human Rights, Slavery, and the Creation of West Virginia," a historical drama.

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