UAlbany Professor Awarded Prestigious Fellowship from Institute of Peace

Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4989

Lawrence Wittner, a professor in the Department of History at the University at Albany, has been awarded a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship by the U.S. Institute of Peace for the Spring 2002 semester. The fellowships are designed to enable outstanding scholars, policymakers, journalists and other professionals to conduct research on important issues concerning international conflict and peace.

Only 14 fellowships are granted to individuals from around the world during 2001-02. Other recipients include Ambassador Bill Richardson, who is the former U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Ambassador David Scheffer, who is the former U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes.

For the duration of the fellowship, Wittner will work at the U.S. Institute of Peace headquarters in Washington, D.C., writing the final volume of his award-winning history of the world nuclear disarmament movement, The Struggle Against the Bomb (Stanford University Press). He will also chair meetings that bring together leaders of citizens' groups and public officials for discussions of nuclear arms control issues.

Wittner has taught at UAlbany since 1974 and has written extensively on the history of peace and disarmament movements and other aspects of international history. His publications include more than one hundred books, articles, and book reviews.

Since 1986 he has been working on his scholarly trilogy The Struggle Against the Bomb. The first volume was published in 1993 and was awarded the Warren Kuehl Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations as the outstanding book on the history of international and/or peace movements.

Established in 1984, the U.S. Institute of Peace is an independent, non-partisan federal institution created by the U.S. Congress to strengthen the nation's capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict.

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May 8, 2001


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