2013-2014 Speakers


Michael Shelden, Ph.D.


Pulitzer Prize Finalist and American Biographer

April 3, 2014
7 p.m.
University Hall Theatre


Between the pages of his books, Michael Shelden, Ph.D., eloquently gives new life to heroes of the past. From his Pulitzer Prize finalist biography of George Orwell to his clever and witty tale of Mark Twain’s final years, this Indiana State University Distinguished Professor gives audiences a glimpse into the men behind the legends. Shelden will captivate audiences with during ISU’s Speaker Series event on April 3, 2014, at 7 p.m. in University Hall.

In addition to his biographies of Orwell and Twain, Shelden has also published works on Graham Green and, most recently, Winston Churchill. The book has been praised by critics as a “vivid portrait” of “the young Churchill at his best, a great foretelling of what was to come when Britain and the world needed him most.” He worked for a decade as the fiction critic for the “Baltimore Sun” and served as London’s “Daily Telegraph” features writer more than ten years.

Shelden is a professor of English at Indiana State University. During his lecture, audiences will hear amazing stories about the private lives of some of the biggest names in history. Orwell, Twain, Churchill and others will come to life as never before. This event is free and open to the public.