The Charter Lecture Series was established in 1988 to honor the high ideals expressed in the 1785 charter that created UGA as the first chartered state university in America. Sticking with both themes, tomorrow's lecture features professor Edward Larson, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Return of George Washington (1783-1789):
The lecture, open free to the public, will be held April 23 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel.
Larson is University Professor of History and Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. Focusing on the issues of law, science and politics from a historical perspective, he is the author of more than 100 articles and nine books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion." His latest book, "The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789," has reached The New York Times best-sellers list.
Larson taught at UGA for two decades, serving as chair of the history department as well as the Richard B. Russell Professor of American History and holder of the Herman E. Talmadge Chair of Law. In 1992, he received the Richard B. Russell Award for Undergraduate Teaching, the university's highest early career teaching honor.
We'll be able to spend some time with Larson during his visit, so look for a future article about his tremendously interesting (and successful) book on citizen-general-president Washington. Until then, see you at the Chapel.