Targeted News Service
September 28, 2011 Wednesday 8:04 PM EST


Wittenberg University issued the following news release:

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 [email protected]

Written by Sydney Watsek