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SF State professor named to CA Advisory
Committee for Commission on Civil Rights



Matt Itelson
SF State Office of Public Affairs & Publications
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


Marc Dollinger, Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility, to serve two-year term

SAN FRANCISCO, February 26, 2007 -- Professor Marc Dollinger, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Responsibility at San Francisco State University, has been appointed to the California Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Dollinger is one of 18 individuals to serve on the California Advisory Committee, which assists the federal commission with its fact-finding, investigative and information dissemination functions. State Advisory Committee members are chosen for their familiarity with local and state civil rights issues.

"Professor Dollinger, with his qualifications and experience, will prove to be a valuable addition to the commission's California Advisory Committee as it undertakes its mission to identify and report on civil rights issues of concern," said Kenneth Marcus, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights staff director.

Dollinger, whose books include "California Jews" and "Quest for Inclusion: Jews and Liberalism in Modern America," focuses his teaching and research on Jewish social ethics and civic responsibility in politics, education, public policy, inter-group relations and religious expression. His areas of expertise are Jewish history of the United States and California, Jewish social responsibility, liberalism, modern Jewish identity, Jews and public policy, and separation of church and state.

Dollinger, an active member of the Jewish community in the Bay Area, joined SF State in 2002 and earned his doctorate in history from University of California, Los Angeles, in 1993.

Members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights' State Advisory Committee receive no compensation. They are recommended by a regional director, approved by the staff director, and voted upon at a meeting of the eight federal commissioners. Each committee member serves a two-year term and can be reappointed.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an independent, bipartisan agency charged with monitoring federal civil rights enforcement, has 51 State Advisory Committees -- one for each state and the District of Columbia. The commission was established by Congress in 1957.

SF State is the only master's-level public university serving the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. The University enrolls about 29,000 students each year and graduates about 7,000 annually. With nationally acclaimed programs in a range of fields -- from creative writing, cinema and biology to history, broadcast and electronic communication arts, theatre arts and ethnic studies -- the University's more than 120,000 graduates have contributed to the economic, cultural and civic fabric of San Francisco and beyond.


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