The College of Arts and Sciences' Academic Lecture Series will feature Sarah Vowell, New York Times best-selling author of five non-fiction books on American history and culture. Vowell offers personal, often-humorous accounts of everything from presidents and their assassins to colonial religious fanatics, as well as thoughts on American Indians, utopian dreamers, pop music and the odd cranky cartographer. Her most recent book, The Wordy Shipmates, examines the Puritans and their journey to and impact on America. Assassination Vacation (2005) is a road trip to tourist sites devoted to the murders of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley. Vowell was a contributing editor for Public Radio International's This American Life from 1996-2008. She is a frequent guest on late-night talk shows and is the voice of teen super-hero Violet Parr in The Incredibles. The lecture, supported by student services fees, is open to the public without charge. This lecture will be held at the Lamar University Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6th.