The Sherman Lecture
The Sherman Lecture is a wonderfully different event than your standard lecture. It is meant to provide a platform for young thinkers with intriguing ideas, and with particular insight into how history, our reflections on the past, can be connected to challenges the world faces today. There really are few venues like it anywhere, where a promising scholar is given the opportunity to be center stage, not to audition for a job or sell a project, but to share and communicate that promise, not just with an academic audience, but with the wider community, with concerned citizens, with life-long learners.
How such an original lecture series came to be is a story of the generosity, but also of the curiosity and the creative thinking of one family. Most of us in the History Department at UNCW remember very fondly Virginia and Derrick Sherman, a pair of intellectually agile retirees who valued History's public programs and the academic work of the department Virginia, devoted to the UN Association, and Derrick, who never gave up learning himself he was on this campus taking history classes in the last summer of his life, when he was over 90 years old. Such interesting people turned out to have a pair of equally interesting children, and it is Philip Sherman and Ann Sherman-Skiba (pictured), and their spouses, who created the Sherman Lecture endowment to honor their parents. Philip and Ann have contributed much to the success of this series and to the Sherman program not only through their founding gift, but also through their continued interest in the series and ongoing friendship with UNCW's history department. The history department is honored to help facilitate the Sherman Lecture every year, and hope that everyone can see the great value that it adds to our community - both within UNCW and the wider public.
UNCW History Department