Naef Scholars Select Heath Spencer for Last Lecture

April 7, 2014

History Professor Heath Spencer presents "A Tale of Two Theologians (in the Third Reich): Some Reflections on the Nature of Good and Evil" as the Naef Scholars "Last Lecture" on May 1. Spencer was chosen by Naef Scholars who asked that he discuss a topic important to his intellectual life as if it were his last lecture.

In his presentation, Spencer will focus on Heinrich Weinel, a professor of theology in Jena, and Elisabeth Schmitz, a teacher of history and theology in Berlin, and their strikingly different responses to Nazism, the "church struggle," and the persecution of German Jews in the 1930s.

Spencer joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2002. He focuses his teaching on modern Europe, particularly modern Germany, social history, and religious history. He has been the director of the Faith and Great Ideas Core Academic Program since 2010.

This Naef Scholars Last Lecture, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on May 1 in Wyckoff Auditorium.     

The Naef Scholarship Program, funded from the estate of Sue Naef, supports financially and educationally full-time upper-level undergraduate students. Currently, 60 percent of the Naef Scholars are in the College of Arts and Sciences, which offers 41 undergraduate degrees and 6 master’s degrees.