VILLANOVA, Pa. – Commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, Isabel V. Hull, PhD will provide insight into the significance of the war from the vantage of international law as the featured speaker at the sixth annual Lore Kephart ’86 Distinguished Historians Lecture Thursday, October 9 at 7 pm in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center at Villanova University.
Dr. Hull is the John Stambaugh Professor of History at Cornell University and the author of A Scrap of Paper: Breaking and Making International Law in the First World War (Cornell University Press, 2014). Her areas of specialization are international laws of war, the First World War, fascism, genocide and Germany sociopolitical, military, legal, administrative and political theory from 1700-1945. She is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, an Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Research Fellow, and has won the Max-Weber-Stiftung/Historisches Kolleg Research Prize.
Dr. Hull’s lecture is entitled “Reinterpreting the First World War through the Lens of International Law.” In addition to her current book, she is the author of three previous books, Absolute Destruction: Military Culture and Practices of War in Imperial Germany (Cornell University Press, 2004), Sexuality, State and Civil Society in Germany, 1700-1815 (Cornell University Press, 1996), and The Entourage of Kaiser Wilhelm II, 1888-1918 (Cambridge University Press, 1982). Dr. Hull holds a doctorate in history from Yale University.
The Lore Kephart '86 Distinguished Historians Lecture Series was established in memory of Lore Kephart '86 through an endowment to the University by her husband Horace L. Kephart.