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Mourning RBG, BGU Honorary Doctorate

Mourning RBG, BGU Honorary Doctorate

September 22, 2020

Leadership, Awards & Events, Press Releases

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) mourn the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a 2020 honorary doctorate recipient.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Justice Ginsburg,” says BGU President Prof. Daniel Chamovitz. “She will continue to serve as a role model, especially to women, for her uncompromising fight for gender equality, and it is our obligation to continue her legacy.”

In his letter inviting her to receive the doctorate, Prof. Chamovitz wrote, “From fighting for your own right to excel as a lawyer in a male-dominated profession to becoming a human rights advocate for all people and fulfilling the demanding role of U.S. Supreme Court Justice, your courage to follow your inner moral compass has repeatedly shown the world how thoughtful, seasoned, compassionate judgment is a necessary guidepost for democratic rule.”

Justice Ginsburg was planning to travel this year to accept the degree from Prof. Chamovitz. The ceremony was postponed due to COVID-19. BGU is the only Israeli university to bestow a degree on the justice.

AABGU Chief Executive Officer Doug Seserman adds, “Our board and staff share in the world’s grief over this heroic and fearless Jewish trailblazer. The world lost a guiding light. Now we must find our own. RIP RBG. May her memory be for a blessing.”

Justice Ginsburg’s family will be invited to Israel to accept the degree on her behalf at a future date of mutual convenience.

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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