Sacramento Program

Program - Sept. 20, 4:00pm

‘Courage’ Opening at CSU Sacramento

4:00pm            Provost Joseph Sheley, Cal State University Sacramento
4:05pm            Elana Samuels, Simon Wiesenthal Center
4:10pm            Dr. Alfred Balitzer, Foundation for California
4:15am            Denis Doute, SNCF America
4:20pm            County Supervisor Susan Peters
4:25pm            Sacramento City Councilman Steve Cohn
4:25pm            Susan Hayward, Central Valley Holocaust Educators’ Network
4:30pm            Dr. Charles Gossett, Dean of the College of Social Sciences
4:35pm            Liz Igra, Holocaust Survivor
4:40pm            Ribbon Cutting

SNCF CEO Denis Doute and Holocaust Survivor Liz Igra









“The Courage to Remember” at CSUS

September 20, 2011 Speakers

Joseph Sheley, CSUS Provost

Joseph F. Sheley is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at California State University, Sacramento. He served the University in 2005-06 as Executive Vice President, in 2004-05 as Director of Alumni Relations, and from 1996 to 2005 as Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies.

An alumnus of Sacramento State, Dr. Sheley returned to his alma mater in 1996. Prior to that, with a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, he was a faculty member for 21 years at Tulane University where he also held the positions of chair of the Department of Sociology and faculty head of the University Senate. He has been awarded numerous grants and has published extensively in his general area of interest, criminology, and his particular field of expertise, patterns of acquisition and use of firearms by juveniles.

He is a proponent of regional partnership roles for contemporary metropolitan universities and of the systematic application of university teaching and scholarship to issues of regional, social, and economic development.

Rabbi Adlerstein, Simon Wiesenthal Center

Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein is the Director of Interfaith Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He also serves as a faculty member at Yeshiva of Los Angeles and its high schools, and holds the Sydney M. Irmas Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics at Loyola Law School.

Rabbi Adlerstein is a contributing editor of the quarterly Jewish Action, as well as its regular computer columnist. His essays have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Present Tense, Tradition, Shma, the Los Angeles Daily Law Journal, and a host of Jewish and general printed and electronic media. He was frequently heard on KABC’s Religion on the Line, and appears often in the printed media as a voice of traditional Judaism. He co-hosted Rabbis With Attitude, a weekly radio program. His Be’er Hagolah, the classic defense of rabbinic Judaism by Maharal of Prague, was published by Artscroll/Mesorah Publications.

Rabbi Adlerstein received his ordination from the Chofetz Chaim yeshiva in New York. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Queens College, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. [All associations are for identification purposes only. All content and opinions offered are solely the responsibility of the author and not those of the institutions with which he is affiliated.]

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).

Dennis Doute, SNCF America

SNCF stands for Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français – the French National Railway. SNCF launched its first high-speed rail system in 1981 and now has more than 1,100 miles of designated high-speed track that accommodate 800 high-speed trains every day. SNCF  operates high-speed rail systems in Europe and throughout the world and its TGV trains carry more than 100 million passengers annually. We are looking forward to partnering with the people of California, Florida and other states to create a world-class high-speed rail system that will drive business development and job creation, improve air quality, cut petroleum use and reduce highway and airport congestion

Supervisor Susan Peters, County of Sacramento

Susan Peters is serving her second term on the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors representing the Third District after having been first elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. The Third District includes the communities of Arden Arcade, Carmichael, Foothill Farms and a portion of North Highlands in the unincorporated area as well as the neighborhoods of Campus Commons, College Greens, East Sacramento, River Park and Sierra Oaks in the City of Sacramento.

She serves on a number of boards including the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency which she chaired in 2009, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments where she currently serves as vice chair, and the Sacramento Transportation Authority where she served as chair during 2006.

On the Board of Supervisors her priorities are focused on economic development, community enhancement and neighborhood beautification.

To improve the quality of life, she supported the implementation of the Department of Transportation’s Neighborhood Traffic Management Program and was successful in forging a partnership between that department and the California Highway Patrol in creating a maximum enforcement program targeting speeders on major roadways in the unincorporated area.

Susan is a former Board Chairman of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, where she spearheaded efforts to locate Raley Field in West Sacramento. She also was the founding chair of the Chamber’s “Perspectives” program, an annual conference hosting international and world leaders speaking on topical subjects, as well as a founding member of the Northern California World Trade Center, and a past president of the Sacramento Theater Company

In addition to her elected duties, she serves as Board Chair of the Leland Stanford Mansion Foundation which restored the historic home of California’s eighth governor. She currently resides in Arden Arcade and formerly lived in Carmichael.

Steve Cohn, Sacramento City Councilmember

Steve Cohn was first elected to the City Council in 1994. He was re-elected to a record fifth term in June 2010. He was also elected by his peers as Vice Mayor in 1996 and 2008.

Steve is a regional leader in promoting smart, sustainable growth, particularly in the Central City and the 65th Street/Sac State Transit Village, expanding regional transit and train service from the Bay Area to Sacramento, and expanding the historic Downtown train depot into a state-of-the-art high speed train station. His other priorities are improving public safety and flood protection, economic development/job creation, expanding the City’s arts and cultural attractions, enlarging the region’s parks and open spaces, moving the City to a greener economy and environment, and promoting more efficient and accountable government

Steve is a Board member of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, Regional Transit, Sacramento Transportation Authority, Capitol Corridor (Rail) Joint Powers Authority, Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, Sacramento County Regional Sanitation District, Sacramento Metro Air Quality Management District, Midtown Business Association, and the VIBE Youth Foundation, and Chair of the Council Audit Committee.

Steve has a bachelor’s degree from Yale University (1975) and a law degree (magna cum laude) from the University of San Diego (1979).

Steve has received numerous civic awards, including the 2007 Urban Land Institute Transit Development Leadership Award, 2002 Bob Holderness Award for Highway 50 Corridor, 2001 Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s City Elected Official of the Year Award, the 1997 Sierra Club Award for Civic Courage and the 1993 East Sacramento Improvement Association Orchid Award for Community Service.

Susan Hayward, Central Valley Holocaust Educator’s Network

Susan has worked in advertising, media, and public relations since 1976.  She was the writer/producer for the 2005 “Music of the Holocaust Era” concert which helped raise money for previous Holocaust education workshops.  She is an internationally award-winning writer, producer, voice-over and on-camera talent. She is also the director of communications.



Dr. Charles Gossett, Dean of the College of Social Sciences

Currently serves as dean of a college with 10 academic departments, three additional academic programs, and several indpenedent research centers with about 150 faculty and staff and $11 million annual budget.

Previously served as chair of department with 7-10 full-time faculty members and several temporary instructors offering an undergraduate degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration. Cal Poly Pomona 02-09

Taught American Government public administration, public personnel management, intergovernmental relations, political campaigning, international studies, and African politics to undergraduates and in the Master of Public Administration program. (Cal Poly Pomona 02-09)

Taught American government, state & local government, public administration, intergovernmental relations, urban politics, diversity management, public personnel management, organizational behavior, and community development (Assoc. Professor of Political Science) 92-98

Taught courses in public policy, administration of public enterprises, comparative public administration, and regional cooperation in Southern Africa (Kwaluseni, Swaziland)

Ph.D. Political Science, Stanford University, 1986
M.A. Political Science, Stanford University, 1975
B.A. Political Science, Hope College, 1973 (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

Liz Igra, Holocaust survivor

As a young child together with her mother, Liz Igra survived Nazi persecution by escaping from a ghetto in Poland. To disguise their jewish origin, they assumed false identities and crossed the border on foot, over Czechoslovakia to hungary where they were kept hidden. She has shared her story with students and teachers hoping to promote tolerance and understanding of the Holocaust.

A veteran educator, she has taught every grade level from preschool to graduate school. Mrs. Igra is currently a teacher with Elk Grove Unified School District.


A special Thank you to…

President Alexander Gonzalez, CSUS

Dr. Alexander Gonzalez has served more than three decades as a professor and education leader, including the last eight years as president of California State University, Sacramento.

As the first person in his family to graduate from college, Dr. Gonzalez has devoted his career to ensuring greater opportunities for students.  He grew up in East Los Angeles with six siblings, graduating from high school at a time when students did not have the same options for higher education that they have today.

Dr. Gonzalez enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at age 17, served four years and then used the G.I. Bill to graduate from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif.  He later earned a master's in psychology and doctorate from the University of California, Santa Cruz, before serving as a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University.

His experience includes six years as president of California State University, San Marcos, and 18 years as a faculty member and provost at Fresno State.  At Sacramento State, Dr. Gonzalez implemented his Destination 2010 initiative to transform the campus into a premier metropolitan university.

Following his belief that universities and communities must work together to improve lives and opportunities, Dr. Gonzalez serves on the Pomona College Board of Trustees and is a board member of Valley Vision. He also serves on the board of directors of the Crocker Art Museum and as a Director of the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). Dr. Gonzalez was appointed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as a Commissioner on the California Student Aid Commission.

His past service includes six years as a commissioner for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the accrediting agency for higher education institutions in California and Hawaii, and serving as chair of the Governing Board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.  He also served on the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and the Sutter Health Board of Directors.

Dr. Terri Castaneda, Associate Professor & CSUS Anthropology Museum Director

Terri Castaneda is an Associate Professor and Director of the Anthropology Museum, at California State University, Sacramento. Her areas of interest are museum anthropology, heritage tourism, and mid-20th century California Indian activism and cultural renewal.



Craig Koscho, CSUS Public Affairs Office/Writer

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