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West Liberty University’s Hughes Lecture Series, West Liberty, WV

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 22, 2018 — Best-selling author David Sheff, who wrote the memoir, “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey through His Son’s Addiction,” will be the guest lecturer at West Liberty University’s Hughes Lecture on Thursday, March 28, 2019. His talk will offer a look at America’s drug crisis.

Free and open to the public, the lecture will take place at 7:30 p.m. in College Hall and will be followed by a book signing in Boyle Conference Center.

“We’re very pleased to have an author of his caliber joining us again this year for the annual Hughes Lecture. We encourage all book lovers and anyone interested in this topic to save the date for Sheff’s visit,” said Dr. William Scott Hanna, an English professor who is coordinating the event.

Sheff’s lecture will be about 90 minutes long, which includes time for questions from the audience. While visiting WLU, the author also will take part in an English class with writing students.

“In partnership with the WLU Foundation, we are privileged to carry out the legacy of our former professor, Dr. Raymond Hughes, in a way that benefits our students and the community at large,” Hanna added.

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 last year’s guest, 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 John Simon, noted film critic and West Virginia writer; and NASA scientist Homer Hickam.

For more info contact Dr. Hanna at, or 304.336.8501

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