HUC-JIR Presents Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa, to Robert A. Daum

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Rabbi David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, will award Rabbi Robert A. Daum with the Doctor of Divinity at Graduation Ceremonies in Los Angeles on Monday, May 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jack H. Skirball Campus.  Daum will be honored for 25 years of scholarly distinction as an alumnus of HUC-JIR.

Rabbi Robert A. Daum is Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature and Jewish Thought and Director of the newly established Iona Pacific Inter-Religious Centre at Vancouver School of Theology on the campus of The University of British Columbia (UBC). Concurrently, Daum is Faculty Associate of the Centre for Women's and Gender Studies, Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, and a member of the Law & Society Advisory Board at UBC. He is co-editor of, and contributor to, The Calling of the Nations, a volume of essays on postcolonial theory, nationalism, and religion, which was published recently by the University of Toronto Press. His article on a talmudic poem is the lead article in the most recent issue of the Jewish Quarterly Review.

Daum's academic publications include studies of religious rhetoric, literature, ethics, and culture. During the past academic year, he has held an appointment as Visiting Rabbinic Scholar-in-Residence at Vancouver's Anglican Cathedral.  Daum held the Diamond Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics at UBC from 2002-2009.  In California, Daum served two Reform Jewish congregations.  He has also worked as a Jewish day school administrator. For three years, Daum lectured in Roman Catholic high schools on Judaism, under the auspices of the San Francisco Archdiocese and the American Jewish Committee.

Daum earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was promoted to doctoral candidacy with distinction.  His rabbinic degree and M.A. in Hebrew Literature were earned at HUC-JIR/New York, where he won several academic prizes.  He received his B.A., magna cum laude, in Political Science at Tufts University in Massachusetts.

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