Great Lives Lecture Series Celebrates Tenth Year

The Chappell Great Lives lecture series brings community members from across the region to UMW each spring.

The University of Mary Washington will present its 2013 Chappell Lecture Series, Great Lives, beginning in January and running through April. The popular series, now in its 10th 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 series will begin on Tuesday, January 24, and will include lectures on a wide range of major historical figures from Julius Caesar and Cleopatra to Winston Churchill and Queen Elizabeth II. Lectures also will represent the fields of art, entertainment, literature and sports, as well as several quasi-mythical figures, such as Rasputin and Lawrence of Arabia. In keeping with the program’s tradition of including lectures by authors of recently published books, noted historian Douglas Brinkley will discuss the subject of his 2012 … [Read more...]

‘Great Lives’ Makes its iTunes Debut

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Since 2004, the Chappell Great Lives lecture series has brought noted biographers and professors to lecture in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. Now, the same lectures are available anywhere, through the iTunes U app for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, as well as on a Mac or PC using iTunes. The free app is home to courses and classroom materials from colleges and universities around the world, as well as lectures and presentations like Great Lives. Tim Owens, instructional technology specialist at UMW, said the move to iTunes U will help expand the reach of the lecture series beyond Mary Washington. On Friday, Feb. 24, Charles J. Shields' lecture on Kurt Vonnegut became the first Great Lives lecture available for download. Each Friday, another of the 2012 lectures will be released. Lectures from previous years also will be released. Users can subscribe directly in iTunes to receive the video downloads each week, as well as watch them on UMW's website at … [Read more...]

UMW Great Lives Associate Director Discusses Kurt Vonnegut on Public Radio Program

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University of Mary Washington Associate Director of the Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series Charles J. Shields will explore how Kurt Vonnegut’s experience as a World War II prisoner of war influenced his later writing during an interview on the “With Good Reason” public radio program beginning Saturday, January 28. The interview can be heard on January 28 at 4:30 p.m. on WCVE 88.9 FM and on Sunday, January 29 at 7 p.m. and Monday, January 30 at 12:30 a.m. on WAMU 88.5 FM. The segment, “From Combat to College,” is expected to be online beginning the week of the show at http://withgoodreasonradio.org/2012/01/from-combat-to-college/. Shields’ biography, “And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, A Life,” is the first full-length, definitive biography of Vonnegut based on interviews with him and 125 of his contemporaries, friends and family members. Shields spent five years researching Vonnegut for the biography. The man who emerges in “And So It Goes” is not the man his readers may have … [Read more...]

UMW to Present “Great Lives” Series Starting in January

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The University of Mary Washington will present its 2012 Chappell Great Lives Lecture Series beginning in January and running through April. The popular program, which will examine the lives of a wide range of intriguing historical figures, is open to the public free of charge. The lectures will be held at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium on selected Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The series begins Tuesday, January 24, with a lecture on Kurt Vonnegut by Charles J. Shields, associate director of the Great Lives Series. Shields is the author of the recently released “And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, A Life,” the first full-length biography of Vonnegut. The book has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Shields also is the author of “Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee,” the bestselling biography of the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The 2012 series will continue with lectures on major figures such as Christopher Columbus, Marquis de Lafayette, Marie Curie and … [Read more...]