I was initially disappointed by the negative comments concerning the Great Lives Series Lectures found in the Feb. 28 article “Speakers Fail to Appeal to Students.” However, it quickly became evident that the attitudes expressed therein were the result of a basic misunderstanding of the purpose of the Series.
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By EVAN HICKS Wilbur and Orville Wright were the subjects of the latest Great Lives lecture on April 12. James Tobin, a Pulitzer Prize nominated writer, spoke on the pioneers of modern aviation. Tobin’s central premise was that while Orville and Wilbur Wright were both brilliant men and it took both of them to bring [...]
By EVAN HICKS “You have degraded what should have been a course of lectures into a series of tales,” Sherlock Holmes admonished Watson in “The Adventure of the Copper Breeches,” but on March 27, the extraordinary tale of Sherlock Holmes was turned into a rather dry lecture. Recently, Sherlock Holmes has been the subject of [...]
By ALISON THOET The University of Mary Washington expanded their iTunes U to give people worldwide access to its Great Lives lectures, as announced in a press release from Feb. 28. Assistant Director of the Great Lives lectures and special events programming Charles Shields’ lecture on Kurt Vonnegut was the first lecture available for download [...]
By EVAN HICKS On Feb. 23, the Great Lives Lecture series hosted John A. Farrell, author of “Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned.” All of the Great Lives Lectures are entertaining and educational, some are quite funny as well. But Farrell’s lecture on Darrow, one of the most famous defense attorneys of all time, was [...]
By EVAN HICKS At times, black history month can seem like a half-hearted apology, a month of politically correct pablum that college students have heard a thousand times before, but at Mary Washington the Great Lives lecture series is giving students a closer, more personal look at significant figures from black history. The University of [...]
By June 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving had grown up together, fallen in love and married, settling in Caroline County, VA. Several weeks later, police invaded the Loving’s home around 2 a.m. Loving told the police she was his wife, and they responded, stating, “No, you’re not.” The Loving’s daughter, Peggy Fortune, and their attorney, [...]
Charles Shields, a renowned biographer has been selected to become the new associate director of the Great Lives lecture series, according to Professor Emeritus William Crawley, a founder of the program.
With the new academic year comes a noted addition to the University of Mary Washington’s faculty. Charles J. Shields, the new associate director of the Great Lives series, is a renowned journalist, teacher and biographer, whose current project is the biography of the late author Kurt Vonnegut. He recently took time out of his schedule [...]