THE BETTY M. & WILLIAM B. JONES 
HUMANITIES SPEAKER SERIES    

The Betty M. & William B. Jones Humanities Speaker Series was established in the fall of 2014 with the support of longtime Norfolk Collegiate faculty member, Betty Jones (now retired) and her husband. Inspired by a lecture series about the Civil War hosted by Norfolk Collegiate in the fall of 2013, the Joneses wanted to see similar programming that demonstrated Norfolk Collegiate’s role in educating the larger community as well as its students.  


The Betty M. & William B. Jones Humanities Speaker Series was established in the fall of 2014 with the support of longtime Norfolk Collegiate faculty member, Betty Jones (now retired) and her husband.Mrs. Jones writes...

"The humanities have been an important part of our lives. As a teacher of English and history, I always strove to go beyond historical facts or the close analysis of a literary text to a broader understanding of human nature. A central theme of Bill's teaching and research is the importance of reflecting  upon the roles of science and technology in shaping human lives and thought as  they have evolved throughout history. 


Our contribution for this year's series is in memory of Louise M. Vermillion, who launched the Norfolk Collegiate humanities class in the 1960s and continued to teach it until the early 1980s. It was a privilege and quite a challenge to follow in her footsteps when she retired. My six years teaching the humanities class was relatively brief, but its impact upon me is measureless. Vermillion once described the study of the humanities as a vast smorgasbord with numerous goals. Among them are a greater knowledge of and appreciation for the complexity of human experience and for the importance of the connections between past and present. We hope this series will contribute to the realization of these ends. Teachers always learn more than their students.


We have been asked what we hope audiences will gain. Lou Vermillion described the study of the humanities as a vast smorgasbord.  Its goals are many. Among them are a greater knowledge of and appreciation for the complexity of human experience and for the importance of the connections between past and present. We hope this series will contribute to the realization of these ends.”