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Wittenberg Series Presents Historian David Levering-Lewis Oct. 25

October 16, 2012  
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Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Levering-Lewis to speak at the annual Wittenberg Series-sponsored William A. Kinnison Endowed Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in Bayley Auditorium in the Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center, 315 Bill Edwards Drive.

As with all Series events, the lecture is free and open to the public as Levering-Lewis presents “DuBois and American Exceptionalism.” In 1985, Levering-Lewis began work on the life and times of American intellectual and radical, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, which became two complete biographies. The first Du Bois volume, published in 1993 as W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race, 1868-1919, won nine major awards including the Bancroft, Parkman and Pulitzer. Volume 2, published in 2000 as W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963, was a finalist for the National Book Awards and also won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Biography, making him the first author to win two Pulitzer Prizes for biography for back-to-back volumes.

The author of eight books and editor of two more, Levering-Lewis authored the first academic biography of Martin Luther King Jr., which appeared less than two years after King’s assassination. Among his many honors, he was awarded the 2009 National Humanities Medal on Feb. 25, 2010, by United States President Barack Obama at the White House.

A professor of history at New York University, Levering-Lewis received his Ph.D. in modern European history from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research and publications focus on African-American history, conceptions of race and racism and the dynamics of European colonialism, especially in Africa. His interests also include 20th-century France and Islamic Spain.

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.

Now in its 30th year, the Wittenberg Series continues to bring 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 make special arrangements, reserve a Series poster, or become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, contact Jeannine Fox at 937-206-3539 or via e-mail at

Written By: Phyllis Eberts


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