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AWA Vienna - "Tenacious Pursuers of Peace and Justice"

October General Meeting: “Tenacious Pursuers of Peace and Justice”

On October 21, 2015, AWA Vienna's monthly general meeting was a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. The meeting featured a talk on pacifist and Nobel prize winner Bertha von Suttner. AWA co-sponsored the event  with the US Mission to the United Nations in Vienna and the US Embassy Vienna. Over 100 people were present at Amerika Haus, including members of Vienna's international community, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, the UN Women's Guild, and many students. US Ambassador to the UN in Vienna Henry Ensher made welcoming remarks. AWA Vienna was represented by FAWCO's UN Liaison Laurie Richardson, who introduced guest speaker Dr. Laurie R. Cohen.  You can read about the event on the website of the US Mission to the UN in Vienna.

Dr. Cohen earned a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. from Yale University and a Doctorate from the University of Vienna. She is currently adjunct professor at the Universities in Innsbruck and Klagenfurt. A specialist in European history, gender studies and political social movements, she has written about Nobel Peace Prize laureate Bertha von Suttner and Mohandas Gandhi, among others.

When we hear the name Bertha von Suttner, we think of women pacifists and the Nobel Prize. But who was she really? American historian Laurie R. Cohen provided a thorough picture of Bertha von Suttner, the first woman and the first Austrian to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905. In her presentation, Dr. Cohen described Bertha von Suttner’s entry public struggle against war and anti-Semitism, her dramatic confrontations in the Nobel Prize Committee and the effects of her work on the Austrian peace and women's movements.

October General Meeting: “Tenacious Pursuers of Peace and Justice”

On October 21, 2015, AWA Vienna's monthly general meeting was a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. The meeting featured a talk on pacifist and Nobel prize winner Bertha von Suttner. AWA co-sponsored the event  with the US Mission to the United Nations in Vienna and the US Embassy Vienna. Over 100 people were present at Amerika Haus, including members of Vienna's international community, the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, the UN Women's Guild, and many students. US Ambassador to the UN in Vienna Henry Ensher made welcoming remarks. AWA Vienna was represented by FAWCO's UN Liaison Laurie Richardson, who introduced guest speaker Dr. Laurie R. Cohen.  You can read about the event on the website of the US Mission to the UN in Vienna.

Dr. Cohen earned a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. from Yale University and a Doctorate from the University of Vienna. She is currently adjunct professor at the Universities in Innsbruck and Klagenfurt. A specialist in European history, gender studies and political social movements, she has written about Nobel Peace Prize laureate Bertha von Suttner and Mohandas Gandhi, among others.

When we hear the name Bertha von Suttner, we think of women pacifists and the Nobel Prize. But who was she really? American historian Laurie R. Cohen provided a thorough picture of Bertha von Suttner, the first woman and the first Austrian to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905. In her presentation, Dr. Cohen described Bertha von Suttner’s entry public struggle against war and anti-Semitism, her dramatic confrontations in the Nobel Prize Committee and the effects of her work on the Austrian peace and women's movements.

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                                    Bertha von Suttner, 1873 (Photo Wikimedia Commons)

 

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