A dream of seeing the world coupled with a love for research
and education accompanied Suzanne Stiver as she traveled from
Wittenberg to Norway following graduation. She was the second of 20
students to share in an arrangement Wittenberg's President Stoughton
had made with the Lutheran Church of Germany. She served as a
counselor at a West Berlin boarding school for East German high
school girls who were denied schooling in East Germany.
"This gave me new insights into post-war German political, cultural
and social life," Stiver Lie said. It also led to her marriage in 1957 to
Norwegian student Kai Lie '56, a Fulbright student at Wittenberg
from 1955-56, who also went to Berlin as a student at the Deusche
Hochschule für Politikk.
"Wittenberg has had a decisive influence on my life personally as
well as professionally," Stiver Lie said, and she credits Wittenberg
English Professor K.G. Lind with igniting her passion for research
her freshman year.
A double major in sociology and psychology, Stiver Lie went on to
earn an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from American University in
Washington, D.C. Throughout her career, she continued to research,
write and inspire students in the many places she lived as the wife
of a Norwegian diplomat, including Stockholm, London, Prague,
Damascus, Washington, D.C., Beirut and Tallinn.
The author of eight books and multiple articles on women, Stiver
Lie co-founded the Estonian Women's Studies and Resource Centre
at Tallinn Pedagogical University in 1997 and served as its academic
director for three years. In 2006, she was honored by the Norwegian-
Estonian Association as Estonia's friend of the year for her work in
furthering democratization in Estonia and engagement on its behalf.
On Dec. 22, Suzanne and Kai celebrate 50 years of marriage,
and although she has retired, she continues to pass on her love of
knowledge and learning by supervising master students as they write
their theses. Her dedication and passion recently led to her receiving
an Alumni Citation Award during Homecoming 2007.
"Wittenberg inspired me to be an academic and researcher,
strengthened my concept of service and opened the world to me."