Eric D. Weitz
Eric D. Weitz, the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair in the College of Liberal Arts and current chair of the Department of History, was named Distinguished McKnight University Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. The prestigious McKnight Professorship recognizes the University’s most outstanding mid-career faculty based on the level of distinction and prestige that their scholarly work brings to the University, the merit of their achievements and the potential for greater attainment in the field, the dimension of their national or international reputation, and the quality of their teaching and advising.
Weitz’s major publications include Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy (2007), A Century of Genocide: Utopias of Race and Nation (2003), and Creating German Communism, 1890-1990 (1997), all with Princeton University Press. In 2006 he initiated a book series with Princeton University Press, Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity. Weitz sits on the board of the advocacy group Genocide Watch, which strives to issue early warnings of potential human rights violations, and he also served on the board of the International Association of Genocide Scholars from 2004 to 2007.
Weitz is currently working on a large-scale research project based on research in archives in Namibia, Germany, and the United States. Imperial Fury: Crimes against Humanity in the German Imperial Realm, 1878-1945 will concentrate on the German involvement in the genocides of the Herero and Nama in Southwest Africa and of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire and explore the links of these events with the Holocaust.
Professor Anna Clark, Samuel Russell Chair in the Humanities, 2005-2008, was recognized last fall as a Scholar of the College. The prestigious Scholar of the College Award is given annually by the College of Liberal Arts to acknowledge outstanding achievement by faculty in the college. Scholars of the College are chosen on the basis of accomplishments and contributions in the areas of scholarship and creative activity, teaching and service, and the promise of further achievement.
Clark is the author of Women’s Silence, Men’s Violence: Sexual Assault in England, 1770-1845 (London: Routledge Kegan Paul/Pandora, 1987); The Struggle for the Breeches: Gender and the Making of the British Working Class (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995), winner of the British Council Book Prize of the North American Conference on British Studies; and Scandal: the Sexual Politics of the British Constitution (Princeton University Press, 2004). Clark is also the editor of the Journal of British Studies. She is currently finishing a book entitled “Desire: Sexuality and Western Civilization” to be published by Routledge next year. The book traces different understandings of sexual desire in European history from the Greeks to the present.