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Elizabeth Berkowitz

Elizabeth Berkowitz is the Executive Director of the American Trust for the British Library, and is a former Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and Outreach Program Manager at the Rockefeller Archive Center. She holds a PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center, CUNY, as well as an MA in Modern Art from Columbia University and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts University.

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