Annandale Lyceum Series Hosts Nationally Recognized Authors

Amadou Shakur speaks at the October Lyceum Series event.

This fall’s Lyceum Series lectures provided Annandale Campus faculty, staff and students multiple opportunities to speak with nationally recognized authors. The Lyceum Committee, chaired by Dr. Terry Alford, plans and hosts educational, social and cultural enrichment activities for the NOVA community.

In October, Amadou S. Shakur visited the Campus to discuss his most recent research on the leadership of Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah and President Barack Obama. Shakur is a writer and lecturer on West African history and the spread of Islam in Africa, the Americas and Islamic Spain. His lecture, “In Search of Greatness,” explored the intricacies and details that bring the above mentioned leaders’ political experiences together. He chose these figures because they all received a Western education and experienced issues of diversity at an early age. They were also chosen because of the leadership they exemplified over the years.

November’s lecture focused on the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted. Author Justin Martin discussed his most recent book, “Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted,” which details Olmsted’s career as a landscape architect, Civil War hero, abolitionist and journalist. Martin captivated his audience while sharing details of the design of Central Park among other American landmarks. Martin has written several other notable books on Ralph Nader and Alan Greenspan.

The Lyceum Committee is currently scheduling programs for their spring series. For more information, contact Alford at