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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 25, 2012

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Mariola Strahlberg M.S., L.Ac., Chairperson of the Janusz Korczak Association of the USA, and founder and executive director of the Shining Mountain  Center for Peaceful Childhood, Inc., will speak at Ramapo College of New Jersey about “What We Do Really Matters: The Life and Legacy of the Champion of Children and Holocaust Hero Dr. Janusz Korczak” on Thursday, October 11 from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. in the Trustees Pavilion. The talk will be sponsored by the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

The pediatrician and pedagogue Janusz Korczak (born in 1878 as Henryk Goldszmit) is best known outside his native Poland mainly through Andrzej Wajda’s acclaimed film Korczak. It poignantly depicts his steadfast refusal to abandon the nearly 200 children of the orphanage he ran in the Warsaw ghetto, even in the face of multiple offers of rescue from Polish friends.

An engaging writer and public speaker, Korczak’s work was known and highly regarded throughout the world during his lifetime. His work at the orphanage has exerted considerable influence on schools and extracurricular educational institutions throughout the world, including his own native Poland as well as Germany, Israel, France and Russia.

Strahlberg works with children who are experiencing challenges in their lives  and helps them find a way to reach their highest potential. Inspired by Janusz Korczak’s idea of allowing children to be responsible for their thoughts, words and deeds, this talk will shed light on how his ideas are pertinent for us today.     

The presentation is free and open to the public.  For more information or to reserve a seat, please call 201.684.7409.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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