Judith R. Baskin, Ph.D., Philip H. Knight Professor in Humanities and Associate Dean of Humanities at the University of Oregon, received the Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, at HUC-JIR’s Graduation Ceremony in Los Angeles. The convocation took place on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the College-Institute’s Jack H. Skirball Campus, 3077 University Avenue.
An academic leader, prize-winning teacher and prolific author, Dr. Baskin has taken a scholarly approach to the place of Jewish women in historical perspective. She is the author of Midrashic Women: Formations of the Feminine in Rabbinic Literature and Pharaoh's Counselors: Job, Jethro and Balaam in Rabbinic and Patristic Tradition. Her edited volumes include Jewish Women in Historical Perspective, Women of the Word: Jewish Women and Jewish Writing and the co-edited The Cambridge Guide to Jewish History, Religion, and Culture, which won the National Jewish Book Award for Anthologies and Collections last year.
Dr. Baskin most recently edited The Cambridge Dictionary of Judaism and Jewish Culture, and she served as Post-biblical Consulting Editor for The Torah: A Women’s Commentary, which was named Book of the Year in 2008 by the National Jewish Book Council.
A former President of the Association for Jewish Studies (2004-2006), Dr. Baskin taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1976-1988 and at the University at Albany, SUNY, where she was Chair of the Department of Judaic Studies from 1988-2000. She joined the University of Oregon in 2000 to lead the Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies.
Dr. Baskin received a bachelor’s degree from Antioch College and a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University, where she was a Danforth Fellow and an honorary Woodrow Wilson Fellow.
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