Ann Saltzman, Co-director

Dr. Ann Saltzman, Professor Emerita of Psychology and Co-Director of Drew’s Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study, earned her doctorate in Social-Personality Psychology from City University Graduate Center.  She has pursued various venues for bridging the disciplines of Psychology and Holocaust Studies, presenting papers on the subject at both psychology and Holocaust conferences. Her Holocaust Studies publications include book chapters, articles and book reviews in publications at the intersection of Holocaust Studies, psychology, and history.  Additional research and teaching interests include Psychology of Women and social issues psychology.  Saltzman has received a variety of awards:  a Grant-in-Aid from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues to study identity issues among the homeless; Drew’s Presidential Award for Distinguished Teaching; and both the Honey and Maurice Axelrod Public Education Recognition Award and the Sister Rose Thering Award from the New Jersey Commission for Holocaust Education for her work in educating for prejudice reduction, inter-faith understanding, and social justice.

Joshua Kavaloski, Co-director

Dr. Joshua Kavaloski is Associate Professor of German at Drew University and chair of the Department of German, Russian, and Chinese.  His scholarship concentrates on literature of the twentieth century, and he is author of the book, High Modernism: Aestheticism and Performativity in Literature of the 1920s, as well as of essays on authors such as Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, Jurek Becker, and Daniel Kehlmann.  He teaches courses on literature, film, and history.  Relevant course topics include “Holocaust and Film” and “German-Jewish Culture Before, During, and After the Holocaust.”  Along with Ann Saltzman, he co-directed two study-tours to Germany for Drew students to study the way that the Holocaust is represented and instrumentalized.

Yasmin Acosta, Coordinator

Yasmin Acosta is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Psychology.  She wholeheartedly supports the Center’s Mission to commemorate those who perished in the Holocaust and other genocides, celebrate those who survived and educate upcoming generations to “remember for the future”.  In her spare time, she writes poetry, enjoys reading, art, theater, music, film, photography and travel and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Drew University.

Jacqueline Berke, Director Emerita

Jacqueline Berke, Professor of English Emerita and Co-Director of the Center for Holocaust Study, taught literature and writing in both the College of Liberal Arts and the Graduate School at Drew and served as Director of the Writing Program from 1965 to 1985. She is the author of a rhetoric text Berke’s Twenty Questions for the Writer (Harcourt Brace, 6th edition, 1996), widely used in freshman composition classes throughout the country. She also served as research director, consultant, and coordinator of a series of writing-related research projects such as the federally funded “Project English” (1965) and a computer centered composition “experiment” sponsored by the N.J. Department of Higher Education (1985).