Dan Leshem, Ph.D. is the newly appointed Director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center at QueensboroughCommunity College, CUNY. Dr. Leshem received a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature & Jewish Studies from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. His dissertation, The Language of Suffering: Writing and Reading the Holocaust argued for the necessity of ethical approaches to interpreting Holocaust testimony. While at Emory, he also served as Program Manager of the Holocaust Denial on Trial (HDOT) website, which strives to educate scholars and the general public of the risks of denial and other forms of hate speech.
Between 2010 and 2014, Dr. Leshem served as Associate Director for Research of the USC Shoah Foundation, at which time he was also appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature. At the Institute, he worked with faculty, students, and researchers at USC and across the world to help them develop courses, scholarly publications, and educational resources that utilize the Institute’s testimonies. He also developed and organized the Institute’s yearly academic event calendar that included lectures, film screenings, panel discussions and conferences. He also headed the Institute’s yearly Student Voices Film Competition.
Marisa Berman Hollywood has served as the Assistant Director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center at Queensborough Community College, CUNY since 2012. Prior to this position she served as Executive Director of the Queens Historical Society located at the Kingsland Homestead - NYC Landmark and part of the Historic House Trust of NYC, from 2007-2012.
She earned a M.A. in Fashion and Textile Studies: History,Theory, and Museum Practices from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Berman also holds a B.A. in English Literature, and a B.P.S.in Fashion Design, both from Marist College. She was a participant inthe 2012 Developing History Leaders @ SHA program throughthe Association of State & Local History, and the 2012 Institutefor Cultural Entrepreneurship for Museum Leaders in Cooperstown, NY. She is currently pursuing a doctorate at St. John's University.
She is a contributor to the website Narratively – named one of TIME’s“50 Best Websites of 2012.” She is also a historian specializing in the localhistory of NY and Long Island. Her publications include: Images of America:Nunley's Amusement Park (Arcadia Publishing, 2013), and the recent Historic Amusement Parks of Long Island (The History Press, 2015).
To contact the KHRCA Staff please email us at: KHRCA@qcc.cuny.edu
Rabbi Isidoro Aizenberg
Harbachan Singh, J.D., Chairperson
Diane Cohen, Vice-Chair
Manfred Korman, Secretary/Treasurer
Abe Dyzenhaus, D.D.S.
Jainey Samuel, J.D.
I. David Widawsky
Steve Wimpfheimer, J.D.
Owen Bernstein, Ph.D.
Sandra Delson, Ed.D.
May D. Ladman
Anne B. Morse
DOCENTS AND VOLUNTEERS
May D. Ladman
Gerdi E. Lipschutz
Rabbi Fabian Schonfeld
Jeffrey Silbiger, M.D.
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