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Sex pioneer Uhse to lecture at CCU

March 4, 2014

Amanda Brian, assistant professor of history at Coastal Carolina University, will present “Sex Pioneer, Beate Uhse, in Postwar Germany” for CCU’s Women’s History Month lecture on Tuesday, March 4, at 5 p.m. in the James J. Johnson Auditorium. The lecture will focus on the German entrepreneur and her contributions to the history of sexuality.

Beate Uhse was the only female stunt pilot in Germany in the 1930s. After World War II, she provided sex education to German men and women and started Beate Uhse AG, the first sex shop in the world. She was one of the high profile people for sexual liberation in the German-speaking world. In 1989, she received the "Bundesverdienstkreuz" (German Cross of Merit).

Brian, assistant professor of history at CCU, has published on the emergence of developmental psychology in Germany and continues to research on the sciences of childhood in the 19th century. She has been a recipient of a Princeton University Library Research Grant and has conducted research at the Cotsen Children’s Library of Princeton University. Her teaching and research interests most often center around European imperialism. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history and German at the University of Indianapolis, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The Johnson Auditorium is located in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at 119 Chanticleer Drive E. in Conway.

For more information, contact Stephanie Freeman, administrative assistant in the Department of History, at 843-349-2476 or