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'Alfred's Nazi' to be introduced during Bergren Forum
1/28/14

Dr. Gary Ostrower, professor of history at Alfred University (AU), will present “Alfred’s Nazi” during the next lecture of the ongoing Bergren Forum series. His presentation will take place on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 12:10 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center. The program is open to the public free of charge.

“In 1939, an all-American kid from Ohio renounced his U.S. citizenship, then joined the Nazi Party and broadcast war propaganda for Hitler during World War II,” said Ostrower in setting the stage for his presentation.  “In 1958, AU hired him to teach German. This (Ostrower’s forum talk) is his strange story.”

Currently the Joseph K. Kruson Distinguished Professor at the University, Ostrower is an AU alumnus. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history at AU and a master of arts degree and Ph.D. in history from the University of Rochester. He has spent most of his teaching career at Alfred, but previously taught at Vassar College and the University of Pennsylvania.

An active member of the academic community, Ostrower has served as president of the Society for the Study Society of Internationalism; as a Fulbright Lecturer at Aarhus University, Denmark; authored three books; and contributed articles to encyclopedias and historical journals, including International Organization and The Historian. In addition, he has reviewed many books for historical journals such as the American Historical Review and the Journal of American History.

Ostrower has also remained a prominent member of the surrounding community. He served as mayor of Alfred from 1999 to 2005 and as a Republican member of the Village Board of Trustees for 18 years. He has previously served as a county liaison to the NYS Assembly and has been a member of the Allegany County Youth Board for 28 years.

The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, meets Thursdays during each academic semester. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be available.