UMW’s Great Lives Lecture Series

This William B. Crawley Great Lives Lecture Series is open to the public free of charge and no admission tickets are required.

Lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall, on the Fredericksburg campus of the University of Mary Washington. The auditorium opens at 6:30 p.m.

Video recordings of the lectures will be uploaded to the UMW Great Lives Lectures website and will be available in the weeks following the live lectures.

CRRL librarians have hand-picked titles to accompany each lecture. All photos used below are from and Encyclopedia Britannica.

Alan Turing


January 19

Speaker: David Leavitt
Book: The Man Who Knew Too Much: Alan Turing and the Invention of the Computer

Shirley Jackson

Horror & Mystery Writer

January 24

Speaker: Ruth Franklin
Book: Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

Thomas Paine

American Political Activist

January 26

Speaker: Craig Nelson
Book: Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Birth of Modern Nations

Gladys West

Technology Pioneer

February 2

Speaker: Karen Sherry
Panelists: Carolyn West Oglesby, Alan Dean, and Marvin Jackson
Book: It Began With A Dream

Fannie Lou Hamer

Civil Rights Activist

February 7

Speaker: Kate Clifford Larson
Book: Walk With Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer

Ted Kennedy

Lawyer and Politician

February 14

Speaker: John A. Farrell
Book: Ted Kennedy: A Life

J. Edgar Hoover

First Director of the F.B.I

February 16

Speaker: Beverly Gage
Book: G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century


Dutch Golden Age Painter

February 23

Speaker: Marjorie Och

Ferdinand Magellan

Portuguese Explorer

March 2

Speaker: Laurence Bergreen
Book: Over the Edge of the World: Magellan’s Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe

Sandra Day O’Connor

First Female Associate Justice

March 7

Speaker: Evan Thomas
Book: First

The Transcendentalists

Corrupt Purity of the Individual

March 7

Speaker: Robert A. Gross
Book: The Transcendentalists and Their World

Anne Frank

A Documented Life

March 14

Speaker: Rosemary Sullivan
Book: The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation

Marquis de Lafayette

French Noble

March 16

Speaker: Mike Duncan
Book: Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution

Queen Isabella

The Warrior Queen

March 21

Speaker: Kirstin Downey
Book: Isabella: The Warrior Queen

Bruce Springsteen

American Rock Legend

March 23

Speaker: Peter Ames Carlin
Book: Bruce

Colin Powell

U.S. General and Statesman

March 28

Speaker: Karen DeYoung
Book: SOLDIER: The Life of Colin Powell

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