Barbra Streisand Receives Honorary Doctorate from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem June 17
By Michael Gioia
Tony Award recipient Barbra Streisand receives an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem June 17 during the 76th Hebrew University International Board of Governors Meeting.
The honorary doctorate is presented to Streisand in recognition of "her professional achievements, outstanding humanitarianism, leadership in the realm of human and civil rights, and dedication to Israel and the Jewish people."
"Barbra Streisand's transcendent talent is matched by her passionate concern for equality and opportunity for people of every gender and background," professor Menahem Ben-Sasson, president of the Hebrew University, said in an earlier statement. "Equally important, her love of Israel and her Jewish heritage are reflected in so many aspects of her life and career. We are deeply proud to honor an individual who exemplifies these values which we at the Hebrew University share and uphold."
Streisand established the Emanuel Streisand Building for Jewish Studies on the University's Mount Scopus campus in 1984. She dedicated the building in memory of her beloved father, Emanuel, whom she praised as "a teacher, scholar and religious man who devoted himself to education."
Streisand holds an Honorary Doctorate in Arts and Humanities from Brandeis University. She received The Humanitarian Award from the Human Rights Campaign and was awarded the ACLU Bill of Rights Award from the American Civil Liberties Union for her defense of U.S. constitutional rights.
The only artist ever to receive an Academy Award, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts and Peabody Awards and France's Legion d'honneur as well as the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, Streisand is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.
Streisand is the recipient of two Oscars, five Emmys, 10 Grammys, a Tony and 12 Golden Globes including the Cecil B. DeMille Award. The three films she directed received 14 Oscar nominations.
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