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Dr. Steven L. Derfler
Throughout his career, Dr. Derfler has worked aggressively to bring the community together for education and celebration of ethnic and cultural diversity. He has worked with many agencies; including the Minneapolis/ St. Paul Council of Churches, the Catholic Conference, Minnesota Islamic center, and International Bridges for Peace. Dr. Derfler has been associated with institutions both in the Midwest and Israel. International Institutions include Tel Aviv University's Institute of Archaeology, the Israeli Antiquities Authority, The Negev Museum of Beersheva and the Arad Archaeological Center.
IN THE UPPER MIDWEST,, he recently retired from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has lectured in a wide variety of venues, including the University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning Program, the N. St. Paul Adult Academy, and The Dawn Schuman Institute of Jewish Learning in Chicago.
NOW WITH A PRIMARY BASE IN SARASOTA, FL, there is collaboration with the University of South Florida Lifelong Learning Program, Florida Gulf Coast University, the Sarasota County Adult and Community Education Program, The Naples/Collier County Jewish Federation, and the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.
In addition to his teaching, Dr. Derfler also served at the Minnesota Area Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, the oldest human rights advocacy agency in the United States.
His commentaries can be found in such publications as the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune, The American Jewish World, The Jewish News of Sarasota-Manatee and The Ohio Chronicle. His research has been published by the Israel Exploration Journal, Tel Aviv Journal of Archaeology, Hadashot Archaologiot, 'Atiqot, the Middle East Review, The ARAM Journal of Oxford University, The University of Minnesota Press and the Edwin Mellen Press.
As part of his commitment to diversity and international awareness, Dr. Derfler directs academic study tours to Israel and Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Greece and Turkey.
A new destination, made possible by the reception of an educational license for travel, includes Cuba.
For interested parties, these journeys may also be tailored to Jewish constituencies. Please visit the Study and Travel Page for further details.
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