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Scholar and journalist Eric Alterman to examine American Jewish intellectualism in the annual Sitomer lecture, April 5, 2011.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY--Brooklyn College professor and frequent journalist Eric Alterman will discuss "How Radical Jewish Intellectuals Became American Jewish Liberals (and Sometimes Conservatives)" on Tuesday April 5, at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanders Classroom Building’s Spitzer Auditorium (room 212). Alterman is delivering the Dr. Maurice Sitomer Annual Lecture, which is free and open to the public

Alterman is Distinguished Professor of English and Journalism, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, as well as Professor of Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He is "The Liberal Media" columnist for The Nation magazine and has been called, "the most honest and incisive media critic writing today" in the National Catholic Reporter. The national best seller What Liberal Media? The Truth About Bias and the News is one of Alterman’s eight books, and he was praised for, "the smartest and funniest political journal out there" in The San Francisco Chronicle.   

A fellow of the Nation Institute and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress,

Eric Alterman also writes regular columns on Jewish issues for Moment and on politics for The Daily Beast. He earned his doctorate in American history from Stanford University, his master's degree in international relations at Yale, and his B.A. from Cornell.

About Dr. Maurice Sitomer

Dr. Maurice Sitomer was an active leader in the Poughkeepsie community. He served on the Board of B'nai B'rith and was also the president of the Hudson Valley Council of B'nai B'rith.  He also was chairman of the Democratic Party for the Town of Poughkeepsie; helped to organize Arlington Post #1302 of the American Legion; served as the president of the Arlington Businessmen's Association; and was vice president of funding for the Dutchess Council Branch of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Professionally he served as president of the Dutchess County Dental Society and on the staff of Vassar Brothers and St. Francis hospitals. In 1984 he was honored as the Man of the Year by the Arlington Rotary, of which he was a charter member.

In 1984 Mrs. Arlene Sitomer honored her husband by endowing the Dr. Maurice Sitomer Lecture Fund. The income of the endowment is used to invite to Vassar College, speakers who enlighten, inspire, and encourage understanding of Jewish culture and concerns.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, April 1, 2011