SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - Natalie Zemon Davis, one of the world's most distinguished historians, will present the William A. Kinnison Endowed Lecture in History at 7:30 p.m. Monday Feb. 9, in Weaver Chapel on the Wittenberg University campus. Her presentation, "Cultural Mixture in a Divided World: Four Voices from the Past," is open to the public free of charge.
In 2000, Davis received the international Arnold Toynbee Award, the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in the social sciences. She also is the recipient of the Sidney Hook Memorial Award, given by the Phi Beta Kappa Society of the United States. The author of the 1983 biography, The Return of Martin Guerre, Davis also collaborated on the movie adaptation starring Gerard Depardieu. The book is available for purchase in the Wittenberg bookstore.
Considered the leading historian on early modern Europe, Davis' publications have changed the fields of French medieval and Renaissance history. Her work has influenced fields such as women's studies, English, anthropology, art history, Jewish studies and film studies.
Born in Detroit, Mich., Davis was educated at Smith College, Radcliffe College and the University of Michigan, from which she received her Ph.D. She has taught at many institutions, including Brown University, the University of California at Berkeley and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. The Henry Charles Lea Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University, she is currently a faculty member at the University of Toronto.
The William A. Kinnison Endowed Lecture in History was established by members of the board of directors, grateful faculty and friends in honor of Kinnison at the time of his retirement as the university's president in 1995. Part of the Wittenberg Series, this lecture and all Series events are made possible by contributions to the general fund, income from endowed lecture funds, student fees, co-sponsors and foundations.
The lecture is co-sponsored by Wittenberg's history department. For more information, contact Gwendolyn Scheffel, Wittenberg Series coordinator, at (937) 327-7918.
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