December 2, 2022

Popular Great Lives Lecture Series Marks 20th Season

Technology pioneer Gladys West is the subject of the Feb. 2, 2023, Great Lives lecture.

Technology pioneer Gladys West is the subject of the Feb. 2, 2023, Great Lives lecture.

Anne Frank, Bruce Springsteen and Virginia-born technology pioneer Gladys West are among the intriguing figures featured in the 20th anniversary year of the William B. Crawley Great Lives Lecture Series at the University of Mary Washington.

The popular biography series will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 19 through March 28, 2023, at Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall. All lectures are free and begin at 7:30 p.m.

The lecture about Gladys West, set for Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, will be of particular interest in the Fredericksburg area, said series director and namesake William Crawley, distinguished professor emeritus of history.

“A true ‘hidden figure,’ Dr. West fashioned a remarkable career that took her from a poor tobacco farm in southern Virginia to become a mathematician whose work in the 1940s and ’50s contributed significantly to the development of GPS,” Crawley said.