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Dr. Ruth Given Honorary Doctorate by BGU

Dr. Ruth Given Honorary Doctorate by BGU

April 29, 2021 - Summarized from The Jerusalem Post

Leadership, Awards & Events

The Jerusalem Post – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) awarded Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer, famed sex researcher and therapist, an honorary doctorate this week.

Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer

Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer

The honorary doctorate, the first awarded to Westheimer by an Israeli university, was awarded in recognition of her trailblazing research and therapy, her advancement of the field of human sexuality and its public discussion and her friendship for Israel, among other reasons.

Westheimer clearly represents the values expected of one awarded this honor by BGU, said the university’s president, President Prof. Daniel Chamovitz.

Courage, to survive as a child of the Holocaust, to fight for the founding of Israel, to build new lives in new countries, and courage to break accepted codes of what is to be discussed in public… Chamovitz listed as the first value.

“Persistence, to continue despite resistance, creativity to create culture, dialogue, books and shows,” Chamovitz went on to list.

In recognition of her honorary doctorate, she has decided to establish the Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer Endowed Scholarship for Psychology. It will fund psychology student scholarships at BGU’s Department of Psychology.

BGU President Prof. Daniel Chamovitz

“Dr. Ruth, your commitment to taking sexuality out of the clinic and into the living room, bettered the lives of millions. By accepting an honorary degree from BGU, you provide us a mirror through which we hope to see a bit of ourselves, and honor our institution and what it stands for,” said Chamovitz.

“Dr. Ruth, thank you for helping us raise funds for the Dr. Ruth Westheimer Scholarship in Psychology, which will be awarded annually to two outstanding students.

In this way, your name will be tied to BGU forever. I am looking forward to your next trip to Israel, so that you can bestow these scholarships in person,” Chamovitz went on to say.

 

 

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