“Wordy Birds” Broadcast Interviews of Great Lives Authors Now Available

When a Great Lives speaker has also written a book, he or she is interviewed by Liz Humes, host of Wordy Birds, at the Kalnen Inn where are all Great Lives guests are invited to stay.   Liz Humes is an artist, writer, radio host, … [Read more...]

In Place of “Alcott”: the First Modern Biography— Boswell’s “Life of Johnson,” Using Rare Books from UMW’s Special Collections

Dear Friends, As will happen from time-to-time, technology let us down. After filming author Harriet Reisen's presentation on Louisa May Alcott, we discovered that the digital file was corrupt, unusable. This is a loss, of course. Fortunately, she … [Read more...]

Huckster, Hoaxer, Impresario, and Showman: P.T. Barnum— Tuesday, April 24

    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 . . . … [Read more...]

Anne Frank: the First Authorized Graphic Biography, Thursday, April 19

  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 exhaustive graphic biography of Anne … [Read more...]

Video: Clarence Darrow, Attorney for the Damned

Following graduation from the University of Virginia, author John A. Farrell embarked on a prize-winning career as a newspaperman, most notably for the Denver Post and the Boston Globe. His biography of Darrow—  “impeccably researched, beautifully … [Read more...]

UMW’s Nabil Al-Tikriti on Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey— Tuesday, April 17

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: Jackie Robinson— Opening Day

April 15, 1947, marked the most important opening day in baseball history. When Jackie Robinson stepped onto the diamond that afternoon at Ebbets Field, he became the first black man to break into major-league baseball in the 20th century. World War … [Read more...]

Great Lives Videos Now Available on iTunes U, Too

High-definition presentations of all 2012 lectures in the Chappell Great Lives series are available for viewing online under “Archived Lectures” on the homepage of the Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series. The videos are released five weeks after the … [Read more...]

Before there was Lady Clairol, there was Madam C.J. Walker— Tuesday, April 10

Commemorative 1998 stamp issued of Madam Walker

  “I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and … [Read more...]

Video: The Loving Story (a live panel with clips from the HBO documentary)

In 1958, the sheriff of Caroline County charged into the bedroom of Richard and Mildred Loving in the dead of night and arrested them. Although legally married in Washington, Richard was white and Mildred was black, which was against the law in … [Read more...]