Hughes Lecture Series

The Hughes Lecture Series began in 1978 and is named after Dr. Raymond Hughes. A beloved professor of English at West Liberty for nearly four decades, his generous endowment gift established a fund for the series. Thanks to this fund, the series has brought a wide range of authors and speakers to WLU, including: 

 

  • Eugene McCarthy, U. S. Senator and presidential candidate in 1968
  • Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate
  • Homer Hickam, West Virginia writer and NASA scientist
  • Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle
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    Professor Raymond Hughes
  • Hughes Lecture Series
    David Sheff © Photo by Bart Nagel

The 2019 Hughes Lecture Series will take place Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in College Hall and feature bestselling author David SheffThe lecture is free and open to the public. 

 

David Sheff:

David Sheff is the author of Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, a number-one New York Times bestseller. The book was based on his article, “My Addicted Son,” which appeared in the New York Times Magazine and won a special award from the American Psychological Association for “outstanding contribution to the understanding of addiction.” In 2009, David was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the World’s Most Influential People. A feature film adaptation of “Beautiful Boy,” produced by Amazon Studios and Plan B Entertainment and starring Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet, was released in the U.S. in October 2018 and internationally in February 2019. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and lives with his family in Northern California.

 

Professor Raymond Hughes:

Dr. Raymond Grove Hughes was born on May 29, 1900 in southwestern Pennsylvania. As a child, Hughes contracted polio which left him unable to walk, but he never let his physical challenges prevent him from pursuing a fulfilling life. Professor Hughes’s teaching career at West Liberty spanned from 1931 until his retirement in 1970. At West Liberty, Dr. Hughes advised several fraternities, performed with the Hilltop Players, helped students who were struggling to pay tuition, and brought students along on his many travels.

Past Hughes Lecture Series Speakers

  • Clarence Kelley – 1978

    Wilma Rudolph – 1978

    John Wooden – 1978

    Ann Compton – 1979

    Charles Berlitz – 1979

    Jean-Michel Cousteau – 1979

    Jessica Savitch – 1979

    Robin Moore – 1979

    William Kunstler – 1979

  • Jeane Dixon – 1980

    John Dean – 1980

    James Meredith – 1980

    Sonia Johnson – 1980

    Bert Lance – 1980

    Vincent Bugliosi – 1980

    John Barth – 1981

    Heywood Hale Broun – 1981

    Douglas Edwards – 1981

    Katherine Brady – 1981

    Daniel Ellsberg – 1981

    Richard Horrow – 1981

    Bettina Gregory – 1982

    Jim Bouton – 1982

    Robin Cook – 1982

    Ralph Abernathy – 1982

    Daniel Keyes – 1982

    Thomas Hauser – 1982

    Eugene McCarthy – 1983

    John Simon – 1983

    Cecile Weich – 1983

    G. Gordon Liddy – 1983

    Tom Sullivan – 1983

    Willie Stargell – 1983

    Parker Drew – 1984

    John Anderson – 1984

    Shere Hile – 1984

    Judy Belushi – 1984

    Lary Linville – 1984

    Dr. Timothy Leary – 1984

    Chris Carlson – 1985

    James Kirkwood – 1985

    Hank Aaron – 1985

    Cathy Rigby McCoy – 1985

    F. Lee Bailey – 1985

    Gen. William Westmoreland – 1985

    William Arkin – 1985

    Jack Anderson – 1986

    Mercury Morris – 1986

    Scott Keely – 1987 

    Charles \”Pete\” Conrad – 1987

    Edwin Newman – 1987

    Ralph Archbold – 1987

    Pat McInally – 1988

    Tanya Griffith (as Pearl Buck) – 1988

    Joe Clark – 1988

    Dr. Joyce Brothers – 1989

    Phyllis Schlafly and Sarah Weddington – 1989

  • Kerry Ashton (as Oliver Wilde) – 1990

    James Wright – 1990 

    Conrad Pomerleau (as Edgar Allen Poe) – 1990

    Dumisani Kumalo – 1990

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. – 1991

    Oliver North – 1991 

    John Barth – 1991 

    Gary Bullock (as Abraham Lincoln) – 1992

    Brig. Gen. L. Boyd Anderson – 1992

    Chuck Noll – 1992

    Gene McFall (as Will Rodgers) – 1993

    Eileen Stevens – 1993

    Brenda Barrian – 1994

    Ralph Nader – 1994

    Terry Anderson – 1994

    Zev Kedem – 1995

    Ben Vereen – 1995

    Fr. Andrew Greeley – 1997

    Richard Leakey – 1998

    Homer Hickham – 1999

  • Murray Sperber – 2001

    John Ciardi 

    William Colby 

    Medgar Evans

    Joseph Heller 

    Bert Lance 

    Richard Leakey

    Glen Taylor

    Cathy Day

    Darin Doyle

    Denise Giardina

    Michael Griffith 

    Jim Daniels 

    March Harshman

    Zachary Schomberg

    Sam Hazo

    Peter Makuck

    Dr. Joyce Epstein

    Dr. John Zavatny 

    Dr. Travis Langley

    Dr. John Yiannias 

    Richard Conniff

    Julie Zickefoose

    Dr. Carol Symes

    Scott McCloud

    Greg Spalenka

    Scott Shalaway 

    Kathleen Rooney

    Robert Mayerovich

    Ted Kooser – 2009

  • Kelcey Parker – 2014

    Richard Hague – 2014

    Jeanne Bryner – 2015

    Douglas Van Gundy – 2015

    Maggie Anderson – 2016

    Charlie Lovett – 2016

    Jessie Van Eerden – 2017

    Jeannette Walls – 2018