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President Steven Koblik was recently appointed to the advisory board of the "I Have A Dream" Foundation-Oregon. This board provides a critical outreach into the greater Portland metropolitan area by helping children from low-income communities become productive citizens with a long-term mentoring program focused on postsecondary educational opportunities.

Steven Koblik, an internationally recognized scholar on modern Sweden and an award-winning undergraduate teacher, became the thirteenth president of Reed College in August of 1992.

Prior to coming to Reed, Koblik was at Scripps College in Claremont, California, where, from 1989 to 1992, he was dean of the faculty and professor of history. That appointment followed a distinguished 21-year career on the faculty of Pomona College, also in Claremont. In addition, he taught at the Claremont Graduate School for 24 years. Koblik earned his doctorate in philosophy in 1970 from Northwestern University studying Eurpoean history since 1400. He holds an M.A. in international relations from the University of Stockholm and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, with majors in history and Scandinavian languages and literature.

A frequent guest lecturer at universities in the United States and abroad, Koblik has served as a consultant for Swedish National Television, the United States Embassy in Stockholm, and the Swedish Department of Education. His numerous fellowships, honors, and distinctions include Fulbright, Mellon, and Hayes fellowships as well as outstanding teaching awards at Pomona. An accomplished author of numerous books and articles in both English and Swedish, his latest book is The Stones Cry Out: Sweden's Response to the Persecution of the Jews, 1933-45 (Holocaust Press, 1988).

Koblik is also known for his commitment to the community. He is a member of the board of directors of the American Council of Education and the board of trustees of the Boys and Girls Aid Society of Oregon. Koblik also served on the board of Beyond Shelter, an innovative program for the homeless in southern California.

The "I Have A Dream" Foundation began in September 1990 with all fifth-graders at Martin Luther King, Jr. elementary school in an effort to help children from low-income communities become productive members of society with a long-term mentoring program. Each "Dreamer" who successfully completes high school is provided with tuition support to ensure a college or vocational education. There are current five project classes of "Dreamers" in Portland totaling over 450 children. The foundation's advisory board, upon which Koblik serves, is dedicated to providing a critical outreach into the greater Portland metropolitan community, to acting as advocates for the foundation's mission, and to helping expand the program so more students can become "Dreamers."