-- Tony Award-Winning Entertainer Mandy Patinkin
to Emcee Gala Supporting 2017-18 Programming --
QUEENS NY, May 8, 2017 – The Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding (CERRU), a diversity training and education center based at Queens College, will be honoring cofounder Professor Mark Rosenblum at its first annual gala on May 15 at the Battery Gardens in downtown Manhattan. Mark is being honored for his thirty years of service at Queens College, where he has served in many capacities and has been an inspirational and transformative advocate and teacher. Tony award-winning actor Mandy Patinkin will emcee the event.
Rosenblum, a founding member of the organization Americans for Peace Now, has met with Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama in order to offer advice regarding United States foreign policy in the Middle East. He has played a key role in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Stateside, Rosenblum has taught in the SEEK program, and later for the Queens College History Department. He has been the Director of the Michael Harrington Center for Democratic Values and Social Justice, the Center for Jewish Studies, and CERRU. Rosenblum, along with Sophia McGee, Steven Appel, and John Vogelsang, founded CERRU in 2009 with the goal of improving cross-cultural and interfaith relations at Queens College.
“Mark is an outstanding educator and visionary, and Queens College is a better place because of him,” says Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “He has given countless students, and many other members of our community, the tools to engage in meaningful dialogue with people of all backgrounds, whatever their beliefs. He deserves our warmest congratulations and deepest appreciation.”
CERRU Director and Cofounder Sophia McGee says of Rosenblum, “I met Mark when I was a student in the New School’s Graduate Program for International Affairs. It is not an overstatement to say that the two semesters that I spent in his classes changed the course of my life and my career. He is a highly inspiring individual who creates the kinds of experiences that are transformational for all of those around him. I do not want to let him leave without honoring the incredible work that he did here at Queens College.”
In addition to being the guest of honor, Rosenblum will also receive an Uncommon Courage Award to commemorate his lifelong commitment to fostering dialogue and discussion around divisive issues.
CERRU thanks the Queens College Administration and Foundation, Gala Benefit Co-Chairs Dr. James Muyskens and Dr. Sue Henderson, along with emcee Mandy Patinkin for their support of this event.
The Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding (cerru.org) is a diversity training and education center on the Queens College campus, devoted to building relationships across differences and creating opportunities for respectful but honest conversations around difficult and divisive issues. CERRU works with students, faculty, and staff to co-create a safe, vibrant, and inclusive space for communication. Programming includes fellowships, dialogues, and open trainings that enable participants to become leaders equipped to navigate an increasingly multicultural society.
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