Great Lives Lecture Series Returns

The William B. Crawley Great Lives Lecture Series returns in January for its 16th season. 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
Jan. 15
Rodgers and Hammerstein, Todd S. Purdum, author of Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution
Jan. 22
Bruce Lee, Matthew Polly, author of Bruce Lee: A Life
Jan. 29
Mikhail Gorbachev, William Taubman, author of Gorbachev: His Life and Times
Feb. 5
Benedict Arnold, Joyce Lee Malcolm, author of The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold: An American Life
Feb. 7
Jane Goodall, Dale Peterson, author of Jane Goodall: The Woman Who Redefined Man
Feb. 14
Billie Holiday, Tracy Fessenden, author of Religion Around Billie Holiday
Feb. 19
Gari Melchers, Joanna Catron ’79, curator of Gari Melchers Home and Studio
Feb. 21
Dale Carnegie, Steven Watts, author of Self-Help Messiah: Dale Carnegie and Success in Modern America
Feb. 26
Nelson Mandela, Richard Stengel, author of Mandela’s Way: Lessons for an Uncertain Age
Feb. 28
Oscar Wilde, Nicholas Frankel, author of Oscar Wilde: The Unrepentant Years
March 12
Lucille Ball, Kathleen Brady, author of Lucille: The Life of Lucille Ball
March 14
Radium Girls, Kate Moore, author of The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women
March 19
Rocket Girl, Nathalia Holt, author of Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars
March 21
J.R.R. Tolkien, Devin Brown, author of Tolkien: How an Obscure Oxford Professor Wrote The Hobbit and Became the Most Beloved Author of the Century
March 26
Laura Ingalls Wilder, Caroline Fraser, author of Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder
April 2
Gehrig and Ripken, John Eisenberg, author of The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and Baseball’s Most Historic Record
April 4
The Last of the Romanovs, Helen Rappaport, author of The Race to Save the Romanovs: The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family
April 9
POW Wives, Heath Hardage Lee, author of The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home From Vietnam

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