SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – The 2006-07 Wittenberg Series continues at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, with the William A. Kinnison Endowed Lecture in History featuring Ford International Professor of History at MIT, Japanese scholar and author John Dower. Dower, author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning book Embracing Defeat, will make a presentation titled “Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima and 9-11.”
The presentation will open an academic conference titled “Japan and the World,” a two-day event organized in honor of the retirement of H. Orth Hirt Professor of History James L. Huffman. A Japanese historian, Huffman has been a member of the Wittenberg faculty since 1977.
Dower has focused his research on modern Japan and U.S.Japan relations. Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II won the Pulitzer Prize in Letters for General Nonfiction, the National Book Award in Nonfiction, the Bancroft Prize in American History and the Yamagata Banto Prize for Creative Work on Japan by a non-Japanese Scholar. In addition, Dower was the executive producer of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Hellfire-A Journey from Hiroshima (1988).
The William A. Kinnison Endowed Lecture in History was established by members of the board of directors, faculty and friends in honor of Kinnison at the time of his retirement as the university’s president in 1995. This lecture and all Wittenberg Series events are made possible by contributions to the general fund, income from endowed lecture funds, student fees, co-sponsors and foundations.
Every year, the Wittenberg Series brings distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the campus and local community. Wittenberg Series events are free and open to the public. For more information about the Series, contact Phyllis Eberts at (937) 327-6111, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
By: Ryan Maurer
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