Video: James I. Robertson’s “The Untold Civil War”

Professor Robertson spoke previously as part of the Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series on Stonewall Jackson. He returns to UMW to discuss the daily lives of the Civil War soldiers.  That topic is treated in the latest of his numerous books, The … [Read more...]

Video: Humbug— The Art of P.T. Barnum

Contrary to legend, he never said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Phineas Taylor Barnum was a businessman, hoaxer, and impresario who provided entertainment to a nation hungry for it. “I am a showman by profession . . . and all the gilding … [Read more...]

Video: Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography

Drawing on the unique historical sites, archives, expertise, and the authority of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, bestselling authors Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón created the first authorized and complete graphic biography of Anne Frank. “More … [Read more...]

Video: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk— Father of Turkey

Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is the George Washington of today's Republic of Turkey. After he gained his military reputation by repelling the 1915 Allied invasion of the Dardanelles, he first directed Turkey's 1920-22 "War of Salvation" and then became … [Read more...]

Video: The Wright Brothers

Wind, sand, and a dream of flight brought Wilbur and Orville Wright to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina where, after four years of experimentation, they achieved the first successful tests of a heavier than air, engine-powered machine in 1903. The Wright … [Read more...]

Video: Madam C.J. Walker— African-American Entrepreneur

Born into a former-slave family in 1867, Sarah Breedlove transformed herself into Madam C.J. Walker, an entrepreneur who built her empire developing hair products for black women. After the bloody East St. Louis Race Riot of 1917, Madam Walker … [Read more...]

Video: The Lives of Marie and Pierre Curie

Lauren Redniss is a graphic biographer whose writing and drawing have appeared in the New York Times, which nominated her for the Pulitzer Prize. Her idea for a life of the Curies occurred to her because, she told the online magazine, Intelligent … [Read more...]

Video: J.E.B. Stuart, the Bold Dragoon

James Ewell Brown “Jeb” Stuart was the most famous Confederate cavalryman of the Civil War — and one of its most dashing figures.  Born in Virginia and educated at West Point, he was a trusted associate of Robert E. Lee, leading the Army of Northern … [Read more...]

Video: Sherlock Holmes at 221B Baker Street

The game’s afoot when British historian and professor of history at the University of Exeter Jeremy Black elucidates the scintillating mind of Sherlock Holmes; the tenebrous character of Dr. Moriarty; and the rather obtuse Dr. Watson, who chronicled … [Read more...]

Video: Juliette Gordon Low, the Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts

Juliette Gordon Low spent several years searching for something useful to do with her life. Her search ended in 1911, when she met retired British officer Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. On returning to the United … [Read more...]