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Best-Selling Author, Historian to Visit WLU

WEST LIBERTY — Best-selling author, historian and social commentator Sarah Vowel will be the guest lecturer at West Liberty University’s Hughes Lecture on Thursday, March 26.

Her most recent book (2015) is titled “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States.” Chronicling General Lafayette’s years in Washington’s army, Vowell reflects on the ideals of the American Revolution versus the reality of the Revolutionary War. Free and open to the public, the lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in Kelly Theatre and will be followed by a book signing.

“We’re pleased Sarah Vowell is joining us this spring for the annual Hughes Lecture. It should be a very entertaining evening and we encourage anyone interested in history, literature and contemporary commentary to join us,” said Dr. William Scott Hanna, WLU English professor who is coordinating the event.

Vowell’s lecture will be about 90 minutes long, which includes time for questions from the audience. While visiting WLU, the author also will visit English classes and interact with writing students.

The author of seven nonfiction books on American history and culture, Vowell examines the connections between the American past and present, as she offers personal, often humorous accounts of everything from presidents and their assassins to colonial religious fanatics, as well as thoughts on American Indians, utopian dreamers, pop music and the odd cranky cartographer.

The Hughes Lecture Series began in the 1970s and is named after Dr. Raymond Grove Hughes, a beloved teacher who joined West Liberty in 1931.

His generous endowment gift established a fund managed by the West Liberty University Foundation and known as the Hughes Lecture Series Endowed Fund.

Thanks to this fund, the series has brought a wide range of authors and speakers to WLU, including: David Sheff, author of “Beautiful Boy,” Jeannette Walls, author of “The Glass Castle;” Dr. Ralph Abernathy, confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Eugene McCarthy, U. S. Senator and presidential candidate in 1968 and NASA scientist Homer Hickam.

For more information, contact Dr. Hanna at wshanna@westliberty.edu, or 304-336-8501.

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