Airmen, Code Breakers, Orwell, and Tesla Among Great Lives Subjects

Tuskegee Airmen

Tuskegee Airmen

The William B. Crawley Great Lives Lecture Series returns in January for the 2018 season.

Jan. 18 Jonas Salk, Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs, author of Jonas Salk: A Life

Jan. 25 Women Code-Breakers of World War II, Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

Jan. 30 Dale Carnegie, Steven Watts, author of Self-Help Messiah: Dale Carnegie and Success in Modern America

Feb. 1 Lawmen and Outlaws of the Old West, Thomas Clavin, author of Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West

Feb. 6 The Women Soldiers of World War I, Elizabeth Cobbs, author of The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers

Feb. 8 Nikola Tesla, W. Bernard Carlson, author of Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age

Feb. 13 The Tuskegee Airmen, Todd Moye, author of Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II

Feb. 15 Sam Phillips: Godfather of Rock ’n’ Roll, Peter Guralnick, author of Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll

Feb. 22 Hemingway and Dos Passos, James McGrath Morris, author of The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War

Feb. 27 George Orwell, Michael Shelden, author of Orwell: The Authorized Biography

March 1 Prince Charles, Sally Bedell Smith, author of Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life

March 13 Coco Chanel, Rhonda Garelick, author of Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History

March 15 The Dust Bowl Girls, Lydia Reeder, author of The Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team That Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory

March 20 Richard Nixon, John A. Farrell, author of Richard Nixon: The Life

March 27 Ansel Adams, Mary Street Alinder, author of Ansel Adams: A Biography

March 29 Eleanor Roosevelt and Pauli Murray, Patricia Bell-Scott, author of The Firebrand and the First Lady

April 10 Warren Buffett, Alice Schroeder, author of The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

April 17 Napoleon, Jeremy Black, professor of history at the University of Exeter

All lectures are free, open to the public, and begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall. For information, call 540-654-1065 or visit

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