• Program Committee

    Dr. Saliba Sarsar

    Professor of Political Science

    Associate Vice President for Academic Program Initiatives

    E-mail: sarsar@monmouth.edu

    Saliba Sarsar is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Monmouth University and earned his Ph.D. in political science, with specialization in Middle East studies, at Rutgers University. Dr. Sarsar has lectured and written on Palestinian-Israeli relations, Jerusalem, and peace. He has been interviewed on the Middle East and other issues by: NJN (Inside Trenton and NJ Caucus); Comcast (Meet the Leaders); CN8; WMBC-TV; Voice of America (Point of View), and other sources. His editorials and letters have appeared in the Asbury Park Press, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsweek, New Jersey Jewish News, and a variety of other journals. Dr. Sarsar received the Humanitarian Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice in 2001. In 2006, he received the Stafford Presidential Award of Excellence from Monmouth University in recognition of excellence, creativity, and dedication in undertaking administrative work.

    Dr. Heide Estes

    Associate Professor

    Department of English

    E-mail: hestes@monmouth.edu

    Heide Estes received her Ph.D. from New York University and focuses on research related to Old and Middle English language, literature, and culture, with interest in gender theory and ecocriticism. Her forthcoming work “Wonders and Wisdom: Anglo-Saxons and the East” will appear in English Studies and her current classes include Linguistics, Middle English, and Chaucer, among other topics.

    Professor Susan Douglass

    Specialist Professor

    Department of History and Anthropology

    E-mail: sdouglas@monmouth.edu

    Susan Douglass teaches courses on Oral History, the Holocaust, and the Vietnam Era. In the fall of 2005 her students conducted interviews with the Italian American community of New Jersey for their class project, WW II at Home and Abroad-Case Study, the Italian American Community of New Jersey. These interviews will be archived at the Monmouth University Library and the cultural center of the Italian American Association of the Township of Ocean (IAATO). In conjunction with this project, Professor Douglass arranged for the museum exhibit, "Una Storia Segreta—When Italian Americans Were Enemy Aliens,” to be on exhibit last November at the Monmouth University Library. The first oral history project Professor Douglass’ students worked on—interviews with members of the destroyer Escort Service, Garden State Chapter—is available onsite and online at the Monmouth University Library and the Naval Historical Foundation in Washington, D.C.

    Dr. David Herrstrom

    President

    The Jacob Landau Institute

    E-mail: dherrstrom@comcast.net

    David Herrstrom, a resident of Roosevelt, NJ, is a poet, writer, lecturer, and president of The Jacob Landau Institute (JLI), a New Jersey non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Landau’s work and legacy as an artist and educator. As past vice president of a major financial corporation, David’s career bridged business and technology areas. In parallel with his corporate career, he published poems in numerous magazines, including webzines, such as The New River where a number of his hypertext poems have appeared. In addition, he published a book of poems and wrote a libretto for an opera, which was performed in concert at Rutgers University. He is a past recipient of a Poetry Fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts and a Nimrod prize, and continues writing. Since moving to Roosevelt in 1975, he has served on the Board of Education and was a founding board member of the Roosevelt Arts Project (RAP), serving over 15 years to the present as president. David holds a doctorate in English literature from New York University and has taught at Queens College. Currently, he teaches an interdisciplinary Perspectives course at Monmouth University.

    Jane Robins Denny

    Director of Education

    Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Education Center

    Brookdale Community College

    E-mail: jdenny@RCDS.org

    Jane Robins Denny is Director of Education for the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education Center at Brookdale Community College where she is an adjunct professor in the history department and teaches the course Dimensions of the Holocaust. In addition, she has been on the faculty of the Rumson Country Day School since 1981 where she teaches history and Spanish, and serves as Director of Community Service. She received a BA from Syracuse University in Soviet Area Studies and an MA in Modern European History from Monmouth University. Jane has presented numerous papers on topics relating to the study of the Holocaust and other genocides, served on scholarly panels, and most recently co-authored a monograph titled The Holocaust Suite of Jacob Landau. The monograph is a study of the relationship of creative expression and the Holocaust.