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Recognition for Dartmouth faculty and staff

James O. Freedman, President Emeritus of Dartmouth College, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Tufts University at its May 22 commencement ceremonies in recognition of his advocacy for the liberal arts.  Freedman's administration (1987-1998) at Dartmouth was marked by numerous academic initiatives, enhancements to the physical campus and a strengthening of graduate programs and professional schools. He is the author of Idealism and Liberal Education (University of Michigan Press, 1996) and Liberal Education and the Public Interest (University of Iowa Press, 2003). Born in Manchester, N.H., Freedman received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his J.D. degree from Yale Law School. He was President of the University of Iowa and Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School before becoming Dartmouth's 15th President.  Freedman served as the 42nd president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences from 2000-2003.  He is currently retired and lives in Cambridge, Mass.

Susannah Heschel, the Eli Black Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religion, will be recognized with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Colorado College on May 23.  Heschel will also deliver Colorado College's baccalaureate address, titled "The Importance of Memory in Perfecting the World."  Professor Heschel is the author of On Being a Jewish Feminist (Schocken Books, 1983), Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus (University of Chicago Press, 1998) and the forthcoming The Aryan Jesus: Nazis, Christians, and the Bible (Princeton University Press) which uncovers evidence of a church-financed anti-semitic propaganda institute that was active during the Nazi era.  Heschel spoke on Judaism and population ethics at the 1995 United Nations Conference on Population and Development and is involved in Middle Eastern peace work through Jewish organizations such as Brit Tzedek and Tikkun

Allan Stam, Professor of Government, has been named an Academic Fellow by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. The FDD is a non-partisan policy institute in Washington, D.C., that pursues research and educational initiatives on the war on terrorism. The 2005 Fellows will attend a ten-day workshop from May 29-June 8 at Tel Aviv University to learn from diplomats, military personnel and intelligence officials. A former communications specialist for the U.S. Army Special Forces, Stam teaches courses on international organization, international political economy, interstate conflict and military strategy. He specializes in international conflict and U.S. foreign policy and has written widely on war outcomes, conflict durations, alliance politics, mediation and conflict resolution and economic sanctions.

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Last Updated: 12/17/08