Rabbi Marc Saperstein, Ph.D., received the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at HUC-JIR’s Graduation Ceremony in Cincinnati. The convocation took place at Isaac M. Wise Temple (8329 Ridge Road) on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm. Rabbi Saperstein presented the Graduation address. Click here to read his address.
Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D., President, HUC-JIR, states, "Rabbi Marc Saperstein's numerous honors reflect the scope of his contributions to academic life. Acclaimed for scholarly insights into the discipline of Jewish history, literature, and thuoght, his prolific writings have elucidated these fields for scholars worldwide. He is a conscientious and exemplary teacher who has given generations of students wise counsel and understanding."
Rabbi Saperstein became the Principal of the Leo Baeck College on July 1, 2006. Previously, he held prestigious positions at three American Universities: as Charles E. Smith Professor of Jewish History and Director of the Program in Judaic Studies at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. (1997-2006), Gloria M. Goldstein Professor of Jewish History and Thought at Washington University in St. Louis (1986-1997), and Lecturer, Assistant and Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard Divinity School (1977-1986).
Rabbi Saperstein is the author of five books and more than 50 articles on various aspects of Jewish history, literature, and thought—most recently, Jewish Preaching in Times of War, 1800 – 2001 (Littman Library, 2008). He is widely recognized as perhaps the pre-eminent authority on the history of Jewish preaching. Before leaving the United States, he was Vice President of the American Academy for Jewish Research.
Click here to view the National 2011 Graduation/Ordination/Investiture press release.
Click here to view the invitation.