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BGU Confers Honorary Doctoral Degree on Renowned Historian and Author Prof. Deborah Lipstadt

BGU Confers Honorary Doctoral Degree on Renowned Historian and Author Prof. Deborah Lipstadt

May 16, 2012

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ATLANTA, May 16, 2012 — Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) presented renowned historian, eminent scholar and author Deborah Lipstadt with a prestigious honorary doctoral degree last night at the 42nd Board of Governors Meeting in Beer-Sheva, Israel.

Since 1993, Prof. Lipstadt has been the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, where she founded the Tam Institute of Jewish Studies.

Lipstadt has written several widely acclaimed works about Holocaust issues and denial, including History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving (2005), which won the National Jewish Book Award and Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory (1993), the first full-length study of the subject. Earlier, she wrote Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust. Her most recent book, The Eichmann Trial, was released last year.

At the ceremony, BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi said that the degree was being conferred “in recognition of a highly regarded historian whose comprehensive studies advance the understanding of the atrocities perpetrated during the darkest period in human history and the world’s reaction to them.   The degree is an acknowledgement of an eminent scholar who fights fearlessly against Holocaust denial, tirelessly traveling the world to perpetuate the memory of the Holocaust amongst the international community.”

Among the numerous accolades and honors she has garnered throughout her career, Lipstadt received the Albert D. Chernin Award from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs given to “an American Jew whose work best exemplifies the social justice imperatives of Judaism, Jewish history and the protection of the Bill of Rights, particularly the First Amendment.”  In 2006, she was elected to the American Academy of Jewish Research, the oldest organization of Judaic scholars in North America.  She has also served on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and as a consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

“I feel deeply privileged to receive this honor from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. I have tried in my scholarly work to not only hew to the highest standards of academic research, but to also reach out to the broader world and help them learn about topics such as the Shoah, Holocaust denial and, most recently, the Eichmann trial,” Lipstadt said. “To be honored by a university which has made such a difference, not just here in the Negev, but throughout Israel and the world is something that I shall long treasure.”  

Lipstadt earned her Ph.D. in 1976 and M.A. in 1972 from Brandeis University. She received her B.A. from City College of New York in 1969.

About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. Activities include showcasing BGU’s academic excellence and cutting-edge research through educational programs, events and informative communications. AABGU’s main purpose is to support Ben-Gurion’s vision and the university that bears his name by creating a community of Americans committed to improving the world tomorrow from the heart of the Israeli desert today.

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