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News Archive 2007

Kent Department of History hosts Professor Leon F. Litwack of the University of California at Berkeley

11/5/07 - 11/6/07

Kent's Department of History hosted Professor Leon F. Litwack of the University of California at Berkeley. During his visit, Litwack, the Pulitzer Prize winner for History in 1980, gave a public lecture ("Pearl Harbor Blues") on the African-American experience during the Second World War, participated in a PFHF session entitled "The Art of the Lecture," and introduced a litwackphotoscreening of the documentary Berkeley in the Sixties. (He also spent much of the visit sporting his trademark leather jacket and Pink Floyd tie.) All were well-received and among the campus community the Department of History distinguished itself through its high rates of participation and interest.

Outside of these events, Litwack set aside generous amounts of time to meet with Kent’s faculty and graduate students. M.A. student Andrew Tremel perhaps benefited the most from Litwack’s visit, as Tremel received a 40 minute tutorial from Litwack concerning the evolution of his M.A. thesis on the 6th U.S. Colored Troops. At the conclusion of his stay, Litwack commented upon the wonderful reception accorded him by the Department of History, singling out in particular Chairperson Jameson along with Professors Smith-Pryor and Kenney, praised Kent’s collegial working environment, and informed Professor Adams that any young faculty member ‘would be very lucky’ to land at a place such as Kent.

New study examines sex crimes, rapes under Third Reich


A new study on Nazi gender ideology has found that when sentencing Nazi soldiers convicted of raping or sexually assaulting children and adolescents, the courts under the Third Reich were influenced primarily by what was considered normative behavior for men and women in society - not by the damage done to the victim.

monikaMonika Flaschka, of Kent State University in Ohio, will present her findings at the fourth international conference on women and the Holocaust, opening today at Beit Berl Academic College.

Based on files from the military tribunal in the German city of Freiburg, Flaschka found that in cases of assault on girls whose conduct was considered normative, soldiers were given harsher sentences than in cases of assault on girls who had evinced sexual curiosity of any sort or behaved in a manner considered unusual. The latter were blamed for inviting the assault and viewed as unworthy of defense. But if the rape of a young boy was thought to be an insult to the father or family, then the soldier was punished severely. (Read the rest of the article)