Prof. Gerald Matacotta will be speaking on Raoul Wallenberg at the Institute for Jewish Studies Program on Monday evening.
1050 Washington Ave., Palinview NY 11803 (516) 367-6100
Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
“Raoul Wallenberg—Fighter against Evil”
Gerald Matacotta received his BA and MA in history from New York University. He has also studied at the University of Virginia, at Oxford and at Yale. For 32 years Jerry worked for the NYC public school system teaching the entire repertoire of social studies courses while also pursing his love of volleyball both as player and coach. Twelve years ago Jerry helped to establish the History Seminar Series within Queensborough Community College’s School of Continuing Education. Since that time Jerry has taught more than 70 history topics, never repeating any, to a loyal following of adult learners. His eclectic classes range from classic Greek and Roman History to the History of Railroads and the Federal Highway System and in 2007 he was named the Queens Educator of the Year. Recently Jerry has been actively involved in fundraising efforts to commission and locate an appropriate display venue for a bust of Raoul Wallenberg. Through this project, Jerry has developed a deep admiration for this fearless and honorable Christian who saved so many Jews from Nazi persecution.