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Dr Beilter
Meet the Curator   |  A Collector's Perspective

Throughout her career as an educator, Lorraine Beitler has been actively involved in efforts to expand opportunities for the educationally disadvantaged. Professor emerita of the City University of New York, she has received state and federal grants for the development of innovative teaching and learning methodologies focusing on urban populations.

Acknowledged as a leader in programs that create understanding and respect among diverse groups, she has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the 15th National Workshop on Christian-Jewish relations,
which brought together religious, educational, and cultural leaders from across the United States.

Dr. Beitler is the recipient of the Diploma of Recognition of the High Military Academy of Argentina in Buenos Aires and the Award of Tolerance from the Center for Education in Tolerance and Resistance based in Liège, Belgium. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Interfaith Committee on Remembrance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. "For her tireless commitment in the struggle against intolerance, discrimination, and persecution in all fields of public life," she was awarded the Moses Mendelssohn-Medal by the University of Potsdam. She has also received the Founders' Day Award of the Medical College of Pennsylvania; the Distinguished Service Award from the International Reading Association; and The Foundation Award of the New York City College of Technology (N.Y.C.C.T.) "for service and commitment to the College and for unwavering support of the Foundation in serving the needs of City Tech students."

Currently Curator of the Lorraine Beitler Collection of the Dreyfus Affair at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Beitler continues to contribute to national and international scholarly and cultural events. During 2007, Dr. Beitler presented at a conference hosted by the Court of Appeal in Rouen, France, on the continuing significance of the Dreyfus Affair. In 2008, Dr. Beitler has been invited to participate at the international colloquium in Paris to honor the centenary of the transfer of Emile Zola's ashes to the Pantheon. On March 26, 2008, she was the recipient of an award from Vice Admiral James Stockdale of the Center for Ethical Leadership, United States Naval Academy, with the following inscription:

"Your generosity and vision have affected us and your passion has infected the core of our academic curriculum. You have encouraged in us a greater understanding of ethics and for that we are most grateful."

Lorraine Beitler currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for N.Y.C.C.T. She is a lifetime member and supporter of programs of the N.A.A.C.P., a Board Member of the Friends of Ikamva Labantu (a South African townships organization), and Advisor to the Research Center for the Culture and Language of the Polish Jews (Wroclaw University, Poland). Her sponsorship includes educational programs for the Association of College Unions International, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Jewish Museum of New York. She has established endowments at Drexel University College of Medicine, New York City College of Technology, the U.S. Military Academy, Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre, Laxton (U.K.), and the University of Pennsylvania.