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Historian Claudia Koonz to Speak at Wittenberg Series-Sponsored William A. Kinnison Endowed Lecture

November 19, 2010  
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Springfield, Ohio — Acclaimed historian and human rights advocate Claudia Koonz is the featured speaker for the Wittenberg Series-sponsored William A. Kinnison Endowed Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30 in Bayley Auditorium at the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center.

Koonz is an expert in 20th century German history, women’s history and genocide. Her presentation, titled “Veiled Threat or Religious Freedom: the Headscarf Controversies in Europe,” will explore one of the burning questions in European socities today, namely the question of religious pluralism in multicultural nation-states.

With a master’s degree from Columbia University and a doctorate from Rutgers University, Koonz is currently a professor of history at Duke University. She also serves on the faculty advisory committee of the Duke Human Rights Center, which brings together scholars, students, artists and practitioners to promote understanding about human rights and social justice, terror, torture and political violence.

Koonz has received research support from such prestigious entities as the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the Wilson Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the German-Marshall Fund, Duke University, the American Council for Learned Societies and the National Humanities Center.

She received several awards for her book, Mothers in the Fatherland: Women, the Family, and Nazi Politics, including nomination as a finalist for the National Book Award for non-fiction in 1987, the Boston Globe-Winship Book of the Year Award, 1987, and selection as one of the New York Times best 100 books of 1987. Her book, The Nazi Conscience, has been translated into Spanish, Japanese and Russian.

She is currently writing a transnational study of the debates about the Muslim headscarf in France, Britain and Germany.

The William A. Kinnison Endowed Lecture in History was established under the auspices of the Board of Directors of Wittenberg University with the assistance of numerous benefactors to honor Dr. Kinnison on the occasion of his retirement as president of the university in 1995.

Written By: Gabrielle Antoniadis

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