Long Beach Program

Program – Sept 19, 3:00pm

Courage at CSU Long Beach Library

3:00pm:              Provost Donald Para, California State University Long Beach
3:05pm                Rabbi Adlerstein -  Simon Wiesenthal Center
3:10pm                Dr. Balitzer, Foundation for California
3:15pm                Denis Doute, SNCF America
3:20pm                Mayor Bob Foster
3:25pm                State Senator Alan Lowenthal
3:30pm                Assemblywoman Lowenthal – Niki Tenant
3:35pm                Dr. Jeffrey Bluting, Director of the Jewish Studies Dept CSULB
3:40pm                Gerda Seifer, Holocaust Survivor
3:45pm                Ribbon Cutting

“The Courage to Remember” at CSULB September 19, 2011  Speakers

Provost Don Para, CSULB

Dr. Para brings extensive administrative experience and a strong record of academic success to the position. He has served as dean of the College of the Arts (COTA) since July 2001 and is credited with enhancing the quality of academic programs and guiding the college through a period of substantial growth, with student enrollment surging from 2,500 in 2001 to more than 4,000 students today. Under Dr. Para's leadership, the college has raised more than $30 million, including CSULB's largest donation - a $16.4 million donation from the Bob Cole Trust to provide scholarships for student musicians. During his tenure, COTA also collaborated with the College of Business Administration to establish an MBA/MFA degree in theatre management, making CSULB only the second university in the nation to offer the terminal degree.

Prior to becoming dean, Dr. Para served a year as associate dean and 12 years as chair in the Department of Music at CSULB. Before his appointments at CSULB, Dr. Para served as chair of the Department of Music at Cal State Los Angeles and, for 15 years before that was on the faculty at Western Michigan University, serving the last five years as assistant director of the School of Music.

Dr. Para received a B.M. in Music Education and a M. M. in Music Composition from Western Michigan University. His Ph. D. in Music Composition was earned at Michigan State University

ara provides academic leadership for the university and promotes excellence in all aspects of the university's academic mission, including undergraduate and graduate education, research and creative activity, international education, service learning, community engagement, service to the profession, and faculty and academic staff development.

Rabbi Alderstein from the Simon Wisenthal Center

Rabbi Adlerstein is the Director of Interfaith Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He holds the Sydney M Irmas Adjunct Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics at Loyola Law School, and also serves as a faculty member at Yeshiva of Los Angeles and its high schools. He is a co-principal in Jewish Mediation Service, which applies a Jewish ethical approach to problem solving.

Rabbi Adlerstein is a contributing editor to the quarterly Jewish Action, and the founding and senior editor of Cross-Currents, a popular Orthodox blog of Torah and current affairs. His essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The National Law Journal, First Things, Tradition, Shma, the Los Angeles Daily Law Journal, and a host of Jewish and general printed and electronic media. His Be'er Hagolah, the classic defense of rabbinic Judaism by Maharal of Prague, was published by Artscroll/Mesorah Publications, whose new edition of Nachmanides' Commentary to the Torah he assisted in editorial review.

Rabbi Adlerstein received his ordination from the Chofetz Chaim yeshiva in New York. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Queens College, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Rabbi Adlerstein has lived in LA for over three decades with his wife Reena. They have eight children.

Mayor Bob Foster

Mayor Bob Foster is a widely-respected business and community leader, who was elected as the 27th mayor of Long Beach in June, 2006. He was re-elected for a second term in June 2010.

Mayor Foster served as president of Southern California Edison before his retirement in 2006 after more than 20 years with the company. As an Edison executive, Mayor Foster led California’s largest electric company through the 1999 energy crisis. During Mayor Foster’s tenure, Edison developed the largest renewable, clean energy programs (solar, geothermal, biomass and wind) in the United States.

Mayor Foster began his career in public service as a staffer in the California State Senate and California Energy Commission where he established statewide energy efficiency standards that are still enforced today.

He was appointed as the Environmental Committee chair in 2008, elected to the Advisory Board in 2009 and elected to the Board of Trustees in 2010 for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Mayor Foster to the Board of Governors for the California Independent Systems Operators (ISO) in 2010.

Mayor Foster is a graduate of San Jose State University in public administration. Prior to his election as mayor, he served as a trustee to the California State University system and remains active in a number of community and public policy organizations.

Mayor Foster and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 42 years and have two grown sons and three grandchildren. The Mayor and Mrs. Foster work to support a variety of community organizations.

Dennis Doute, SNCF America

SNCF stands for Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français – the French National Railway. SNCF launched its first high-speed rail system in 1981 and now has more than 1,100 miles of designated high-speed track that accommodate 800 high-speed trains every day. SNCF  operates high-speed rail systems in Europe and throughout the world and its TGV trains carry more than 100 million passengers annually. We are looking forward to partnering with the people of California, Florida and other states to create a world-class high-speed rail system that will drive business development and job creation, improve air quality, cut petroleum use and reduce highway and airport congestion.

Senator Allan Lowenthal

Senator Alan Lowenthal is strongly committed to ensure that the interests of the 27th Senate District are represented in Sacramento, including education, public safety, economic development and environmental protection. Among his many accomplishments Senator Lowenthal has had legislation signed into law to reduce diesel emissions at the ports by limiting idling time for trucks conducting transactions at the ports, established a grant program to provide financial incentives for purchasing or leasing electric vehicles, and a bill to protect highway workers from assault. In addition, Senator Lowenthal has authored laws which help protect seniors from elder abuse, require the ports to cover open petroleum coke piles and removed the toll from the Vincent Thomas Bridge

Currently, Senator Lowenthal serves as Chair of the Senate Committee on Education as well as the Select Committee on California Ports. He is recognized as a National leader on issues related to goods movement. A resident of Long Beach, He graduated with a B.A. from Hobart College and earned a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. Alan Lowenthal was re-elected to his second term representing the 27th District of the California State Senate in November of 2008. Prior to his election to the Senate, Lowenthal served six years in the State Assembly and six years on the Long Beach City Council. Senator Lowenthal is a retired professor of community psychology from California State University, Long Beach, where he taught since 1969.

Niki Tenant, Representative from Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal

Bonnie Lowenthal was elected to the state Assembly in 2008. Her district includes California's only inhabited island, the largest port complex in the nation, and one of the most economically and ethnically diverse populations in the state. Her entry into the Legislature follows two terms on the Long Beach City Council, and two terms on the Long Beach Unified School District. She also served on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

A leading advocate of open government and institutional reform, quickly earned the respect and support of environmentalists, consumer advocates and good-government groups. B

Bonnie Lowenthal is vice chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. She chairs the Assembly Committee on Transportation; the Joint Committee on Emergency Management; and the Select Committee on Ports. She also serves as a member of the committees on Accountability and Administrative Review; Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials; and Health. She also serves on the select committees on California-Mexico Bi-National Affairs; Foster Care; and Wine; as well as the joint committees on Fisheries & Aquaculture. She represents Long Beach, San Pedro, Signal Hill, Avalon, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates and Palos Verdes Estates. She is eligible to serve in the Assembly until 2014


Dr. Jeffrey Blutinger, Director of Jewish Studies CSULB

Is widely recognized for its dedication to advancing interdisciplinary analysis of Jewish history, religion, thought, culture, and literature. The program also works with many Jewish organizations, such as the Long Beach Jewish Film Festival, local synagogues, and other religious and cultural organizations

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1984 (English Literature)
J.D., UCLA School of Law, 1988
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1997 (History)
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2003 (History)


Gerda Seifer, Holocaust Survivor
For six seemingly endless weeks in the summer of 1942, Gerda Krebs-Seifer lay hidden in the tiny apartment cellar in southeastern Poland. The four-by-six-foot cellar, which was used to store vegetables and coal for the winter, was pitch dark. The 14-year-old Jewish girl was not allowed to step outside. She could not make any noise. She was forbidden even to light a candle. One day, after weeks of living in complete darkness, the teen defiantly emerged into the daylight, her eyes, unaccustomed, stung from the brightness of the sun. "I grew up almost overnight," she recalled. "My life changed forever." "We had no rights; we were sub-human," . It was subsequently, at a New York hospital where she was working that she met her American husband. Krebs-Seifer, who settled in Long Beach, California, had three children and four grandchildren, but kept the harrowing story of her childhood to herself for years. It was only in the 1970s when she was first asked by the local Jewish federation if she would feel comfortable telling her story - which moved many people to contribute to the organization - did she begin publicly talking about her childhood. Over the next three decades, Krebs-Seifer lectured about her Holocaust survival in high schools and universities throughout the US. "I feel as long as I can keep going, I should talk," she said.

A special Thank you to …

President F. King Alexander, CSULB

The role of public colleges and universities in American society has never been more important than it is today. This is not only true for individual students hoping to acquire a college degree, which has become an essential component of future economic success and stability, but is also true for society in general, which is increasingly demanding a more educated and skilled workforce to address evolving global challenges. At CSULB, we are working tirelessly to prepare our students to meet these challenges and to redefine what it means to be a modern public university in this global context.”

Dr. Alexander has also served as a reviewer, an editorial board member, as a university instructor and faculty member, and as a widely respected scholar in the field of higher education finance and economics

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.Sc. University of Oxford, England
B.A. St. Lawrence University
American Association of State Colleges and Universities (2001- )
Board of Directors, United Way of Kentucky (2005-2006)
American Council on Education (2001- ): Policy Advisory Committee (2001-05)
Association for the Study of Higher Education (1994-2004)
Association for Institutional Researchers (1999-2001)
American Association of University Professors (1997-99)
American Association of Higher Education (1996-99)
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (1997-99)2002

National Alumni Achievement Award, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rhodes Scholar Selection Committee, Commonwealth of Kentucky (2003-05)
Rhodes Scholar Selection Committee, chair and member, State of Illinois (2001-03)

Dr. Fadi Essmaeel, Homeland Security Director, Office of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher

Fadi Essmaeel M.D. CEM Dr. Essmaeel grew up in Jerusalem, where he was active in myriad community initiatives in the areas of conflict resolution, interfaith and human rights. After completion of his medical studies h e was recruited to mandatory five year service with the Israeli Medical Corps. As first responder and incident commander he participated in several historical landmarks including the Gulf war, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the ensuing waves of violence.

On August 1999 he was honorably discharged from the Medical Corps after six years of service during which he received the IDF Combat Service Citation. After separation from service, he immigrated to the US. Due to his background, the US Department of State and the Immigration and Naturalization Service honored him with a National Interest Status, subsequent to which he became a Permanent Resident of the USA.Dr. Essmaeel serves as Homeland Security Director for US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.

In this capacity he designs and directs educational programs pertaining to management of risk, emergencies and disasters, mainly CBRN-warfare and terrorism. Trainees represent all government jurisdictions and a wide variety of private sector industries. As of this moment, more than 5000 course graduates have been trained in a broad range of relevant subject areas. Central to his official duties, Dr. Essmaeel facilitates troubleshooting for emergency response providers and policymakers, and supervises case management for service members and veterans of US Armed Forces.

As a researcher, his main area of interest is the neuro-social determinants that underlie human behavior during conditions of risk, crisis, and emergency. He is particularly focused on potential significance of such determinants to policy making.

He authored several papers and served as an instructor and course designer for several entities including National University.Dr. Essmaeel holds professional certification as Emergency Manager (CEM) by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).

He is a member of the Association for Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC), the Association of the Military Surgeons in the US (AMSUS) and the American society for Quality (ASQ).

Etienne Farreyre, Deputy Cultural Attaché, Consulate General of France

Benjamin Maftoul, Press Office, Consulate General of France

Director-Editor with broad experience in all aspects of producing documentaries, short marketing films, corporate videos.

Career in Hollywood as an editor/post-production supervisor.

Experience working through the internet on films shot and edited in different countries at the same time.

Tracey Mayfield, CSULB Librarian

Associate Dean / Human Development Librarian

Roman Kochan, Dean and Director of the Library

Daniel Kolano, CSULB Library Facilities Manager

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