Touro College’s Chapter of National History Honor Society Inducts 23 Students as Lifetime Members
New York, N.Y. – Twenty-three history students at Touro College were recently inducted as lifetime members into the college’s Nu Mu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, at its Second Annual Induction Ceremony held at Touro’s Lander College for Women/The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School, in Manhattan.
Professor Theodore Lauer, history department chairman, and Dr. Karen Sutton, faculty advisor, presided over the induction ceremony.
Phi Alpha Theta holds national conferences, debates, and essay writing competitions for outstanding students in the field of history.
Guest Speaker Ariel Bielski, granddaughter of the late Tuvia Bielski, leader of the Bielski Partisans--which helped save more than 1,200 Jewish refugees during World War II by hiding them in a forest in Poland--gave a stirring account of what her family history means to her personally and to the world in general. Tuvia Bielski is portrayed by actor Daniel Craig in the 2008 film, Defiance.
Keynote Speaker, Leon Segen, a New York attorney and past president of his local Phi Alpha Theta at The State University of New York, spoke about how the study of history has helped prepare him for his law practice that specializes in litigation.
Cynthia Steinmetz, current president of the Touro Phi Alpha Theta chapter, expressed the importance of the study of history to other disciplines in her closing remarks.