January 18, 2020

UMW’s Great Lives Lecture Series Announces 17th Season

Professor Emeritus William Crawley, founder and director of Great Lives, announces the 17th season of the biographical lecture series to a packed reception at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center. Photo by Karen Pearlman.

Professor Emeritus William Crawley, founder and director of Great Lives, announces the 17th season of the biographical lecture series to a packed reception at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center. Photo by Karen Pearlman.

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Hollywood actress-turned-inventor Hedy Lamarr and children’s author Theodor Geisel – better known as Dr. Seuss – are among the prominent individuals to be featured in this year’s William B. Crawley Great Lives lecture series.

Now in its 17th year, the stellar season was revealed to a packed reception Wednesday evening at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center. Lectures will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Jan. 21 to April 14, at the University of Mary Washington’s Dodd Auditorium on the Fredericksburg campus. They are free and open to the public without admission tickets.

Bestselling biographers – many of whom are distinguished historians and award-winning journalists – have spent countless hours chronicling the fascinating lives of their iconic subjects. At UMW, they’ll showcase these celebrated historical figures – notorious, in some cases – and provide illuminating insight into their lives and loves, successes and failures, strengths and struggles.

“I always say this, but this season is probably the most impressive lineup ever,” said Professor Emeritus William Crawley, Great Lives founder and director, who added he is confident that audiences will find multiple topics of interest. Read more. 

C-SPAN to Broadcast Great Lives Lecture, March 2

Don’t despair if you missed the Feb. 5 Great Lives lecture about Benedict Arnold at Dodd Auditorium. C-SPAN will air the show on Saturday, March 2, on C-SPAN3. The segment also can be seen online at https://www.c-span.org/video/?457569-1/benedict-arnold. The lecture was presented by George Washington Professor Joyce Lee Malcolm, author of The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life.

C-SPAN also plans to be on the Fredericksburg campus next month to cover the upcoming lectures:  Radium Girls, presented by New York bestselling author Kate Moore on Thursday, March 14, and Rocket Girls, presented by science writer and author Nathalia Holt on Tuesday, March 19.