This year, the Willard Lecture presented by UNM University Libraries will focus on “War and George Orwell,” presented by Peter Stansky. 

The annual lecture will take place on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Willard Room of Zimmerman Library.

Stansky is the Frances and Charles Field Professor of History, Emeritus from the Stanford University History Department. He received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard, where he also taught in the history department. 

He joined the history faculty at Stanford University in 1968 where he continued to teach until his retirement in 2005. His specialty is modern British history and he has been the recipient of many honors and fellowships including two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Mellon Emeritus Fellowship and Royal Historical Society Fellowship, among others. He has written about George Orwell with co-author William Abrahams in The Unknown Orwell and Orwell: The Transformation.

The Willard Lecture is being given in conjunction with the exhibit “George Orwell: His Enduring Legacy” in the Frank Waters Room in Zimmerman Library. The exhibit features books and ephemera donated to the library collection by Russ Davidson.

The Willard Lecture Series

The Willard Lecture Series, established in honor of Larry Willard, features speakers highlighting collections from the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections, the work of University of New Mexico scholars and topics impacting today’s changing libraries and their impact on the world of academics and research. 

For more information on the lecture contact University Libraries at 505.277.4241 or visit