June 7, 2023

‘Great Lives’ Makes its iTunes Debut

Since 2004, the Chappell Great Lives lecture series has brought noted biographers and professors to lecture in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. Now, the same lectures are available anywhere, through the iTunes U appfor iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, as well as on a Mac or PC using iTunes.

The free app is home to courses and classroom materials from colleges and universities around the world, as well as lectures and presentations like Great Lives.

Tim Owens, instructional technology specialist at UMW, said the move to iTunes U will help expand the reach of the lecture series beyond Mary Washington.

On Friday, Feb. 24, Charles J. Shields’ lecture on Kurt Vonnegut became the first Great Lives lecture available for download. Each Friday, another of the 2012 lectures will be released. Lectures from previous years also will be released.

Users can subscribe directly in iTunes to receive the video downloads each week, as well as watch them on UMW’s website at http://www.umw.edu/greatlives/category/archived-videos/.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.


  1. JoAnn Schrass says

    The link to watch the Great LIves is no longer available. I get an error message. I am really interested in seeing these and passing along the links to my family all over the U.S. Please let me know when the link is repaired.

  2. Our apologies, JoAnn. The correct link is: http://www.umw.edu/greatlives/category/archived-videos/.