Rabbi Michael Morgan, Ph.D., :Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of :Philosophy and Jewish Studies, Indiana University, : Receives Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from :Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Rabbi Michael Morgan, 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 David Ellenson, Ph.D., President, HUC-JIR, states, "Rabbi Michael Morgan's gifts as a university professor have enriched and inspired generations of disciples and students and his prolific writings have enhanced the world of scholarship.  His research in the intricate world of epistemology and Jewish philosophy have made him an authority in his field.  His guidance, direction, and wise counsel have contributed to the vitality of Jewish studies in numerious academic communities."

Rabbi Morgan is Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Jewish Studies at Indiana University.  As a historian of philosophy, his research has ranged from Ancient Greek Philosophy to philosophy, religious thought, and political theory in the twentieth century.  He has interests in philosophy, literature, and film, as well as in ethics, political theory, and the philosophy of religion.

Rabbi Morgan has published widely in modern Jewish philosophy, from Spinoza and Mendelssohn to Buber and Rosenzweig, and he has worked widely on intellectual responses to the Nazi Holocaust and contemporary Jewish philosophy.

In addition to his departmental responsibilities, refereeing articles and books for journals, professional meetings, and participation on university and college committees, Rabbi Morgan has been on the tenure and promotions committees for the College of Arts and Sciences for six years, the Chair of the Honors Division Scholarship Committee for three years, the Director of Graduate Studies for the Philosophy Department for three years, and member and then Chair of the Policy Committee for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Rabbi Morgan was ordained and received his B.H.L. and M.A. at HUC-JIR.  He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto.

Rabbi Morgan is married to Audrey L. Morgan and has two daughters, Deborah and Sara.

Click here to view the National 2011 Graduation/Ordination/Investiture press release.

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Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu