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Historian Ronald Grigor Suny To Speak At Wittenberg Series William A. Kinnison Endowed Lecture Oct. 10

September 28, 2011  
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Springfield, Ohio — The Wittenberg Series continues its 2011-12 programming with the William A. Kinnison Endowed Lecture in History, featuring a presentation by Ronald Grigor Suny at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in Bayley Auditorium in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center, 315 Bill Edwards Drive.

Suny’s presentation, which is available free of charge and open to the public, is titled “Young Stalin: Making of a Revolutionary.” He is currently working on a study of the young Stalin and the formation of the Soviet Union.

A native of Philadelphia, Suny graduated from Swarthmore College in 1962 and went on to earn his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1968. Since then, his academic career has taken him across the United States to classrooms on such campuses as Oberlin College, University of California, Irvine, Stanford University and the University of Chicago.

Suny is currently the Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Social and Political History and Director of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Michigan. He also was the first Alex Manoogian Chair in Modern Armenian History at the University of Michigan, where he founded and directed the Armenian Studies Program.

Throughout his career, Suny has authored numerous books, including The Baku Commune, 1917-1918: Class and Nationality in the Russian Revolution,The Revenge of the Past: Nationalism, Revolution, and the Collapse of the Soviet Union, and The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR, and the Successor State. He has also edited and co-edited several published pieces about the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia.

Suny, who has been interviewed by numerous national news organizations, including CBS Evening News, CNN, National Public Radio and The New York Times, will also meet with Wittenberg history students prior to the evening presentation.

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 Kinnison, the university’s president from 1974-95, on the occasion of his retirement. A wide variety of world-renown speakers have made presentations as part of the lecture series in the years since, including author John Dower, historian Claudia Koonz and documentary filmmaker Ric Burns.

The Wittenberg Series annually brings distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the Wittenberg campus and Springfield community. All facilities are accessible without climbing stairs. Audio-description services and interpreters for the visually- or hearing-impaired will be provided with 72-hour notice prior to each event. To reserve a Wittenberg Series poster, or to become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, contact Jeannine Fox at 937-327-7465 or via e-mail at

Written By: Sydney Watsek


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