June 28, 2002
Jewish history and ethics scholar Marc Dollinger will fill the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility at SFSU beginning Aug. 19.
Dollinger, an associate professor of history at Pasadena City College, recently accepted the position in the SFSU Jewish Studies Program. His appointment was made possible by a $1 million gift from the San Francisco-based Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund in 1997, at the time the largest donation in the University's history.
Dollinger, 38 and a fifth-generation native San Franciscan, will focus on the teaching and research of Jewish social ethics and civic responsibility in health care, the environment, business, education and politics. He is also charged with developing a public lecture series on Jewish social ethics and responsibility.
He has developed, and will be teaching in the fall, a new upper-division course called Jewish Social Responsibility. His mission is to write new Jewish Studies courses to complement the modern Jewish Studies Program and, in the coming year, he will develop courses on American and California Jewish history.
The author of "Quest For Inclusion: Jews and Liberalism in Modern America," Dollinger has presented lectures across the country and published many articles in academic books and journals. He is co-editor of the book "California Jews," to be published next year, and is working on a book that explores the transformation of Jewish liberalism in the 1960s.
Dollinger, who will be a tenured professor, becomes SFSU's third endowed chair, a highly prestigious professorship created by a large donation to an institution.
For more, see the press release.
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