Great Lives Lecture Series Kicks Off in January

The University of Mary Washington will present its 2014 Chappell Lecture Series, Great Lives, beginning in January and running through April. The popular series, now in its 11th year, examines the lives of historical figures told through lectures by nationally prominent biographers and authors. The talks will be held at 7:30 p.m. on selected Tuesdays and Thursdays in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium and are open to the public free of charge.

The Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series will continue through the end of April.

The Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series will continue through the end of April.

The series will begin on Thursday, Jan. 16, with a lecture on John Wilkes Booth by bestselling author David O. Stewart, and will continue with lectures on a wide range of major historical figures from Martin Luther King, Jr. and Henry VIII to Jim Henson and Bob Dylan. Lectures also will represent the fields of art, entertainment, literature and sports, including the Hatfields and McCoys, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Shakespeare and Jim Thorpe.

For the final 2014 lecture, Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of aviator-authors Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, will take a candid look at her legendary family, including the impact of her brother’s kidnapping and death, and her parents’ long and complicated marriage.

The programs include Q&A sessions with the audience and book signings by the author or speaker. Books will be available for purchase on site.

For more information or for a complete listing of lectures, contact the Office of Events and Conferencing at (540) 654-1065 or visit

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Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.