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Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series Continues This Spring

As part of its spring program, the 2008-09 Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences’ Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series presents the Lawrence Brewster Lecture in history.

Felipe Fernández-Armesto will deliver the Brewster Lecture, “The Man Who Gave His Name to America” on Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in Wright Auditorium.

Alan White, dean of the Harriot College, said, “Dr. Fernández-Armesto’s prodigious scholarship on the nature of exploration and discovery in world history makes him a superb fit for the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series. We look forward to Dr. Fernández-Armesto’s remarks illuminating significant ironies in the voyages of discovery that led to the naming of our continent.”

Fernández-Armesto is author of the best selling book, “Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years,” which inspired CNN’s “Millennium,” and such critically acclaimed works as The Times Atlas of World Exploration and, most recently, “Civilizations.”

His recent honors include the Caird Medal of the National Maritime Museum (1995) and the John Carter Brown Medal (1999). His journalistic works have been widely syndicated and appear frequently in The Times of London and regularly in the Sunday edition of The Independent. Fernández-Armesto also contributes to BBC Radio, most often as a panelist on “Room for Improvement,” “International Question Time” and “Night Waves.”

The Department of History sponsored the first Brewster Lecture in 1982 as part of the university’s 75th anniversary celebration and has published the lectures since 1984. The series bears the name of the late professor emeritus of history whose generosity supports the series.

Tickets are free for ECU faculty, staff, and students, and $10 for the public, available at ECU’s Central Ticket Office, 328-4788. For additional information, visit

This page originally appeared in the Jan. 30, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at