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Iris Dorbian

MAHWAH, N.J. – Iris Dorbian, an author and editor from Fair Lawn, N.J., will discuss the story behind An Epiphany In Lilacs, her young adult novel set in a DP (displaced persons) camp outside Hamburg, Germany, following the end of World War II. The program will take place on Monday, April 24 at 1 p.m. and will be held in the Robert A. Scott Student Center, Alumni Lounges (SC157-58) under the auspices of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Hillel of Ramapo College.

Based on the author’s father’s personal experiences, An Epiphany in Lilacs, published by Mazo Publishers in January 2017, provides a unique glimpse into the period after the Holocaust when, after their liberation, survivors returned to life. Daniel, the main protagonist, struggles to find comfort through his love of nature and pre-war memories.

Dorbian is a business and arts journalist whose articles have appeared in a wide number of outlets that include the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Jerusalem Report, The Forward, and, Backstage. From 1999 to 2007, she was the editor-in-chief of Stage Directions. She is also the author of Great Producers: Visionaries of the American Theater (Allworth Press, 2008).

A New Jersey native, Dorbian has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.


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, 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, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, 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, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education.


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