|23 March, 2011 |
| Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities to be established at Hebrew University of Jerusalem |
| Hebrew University Faculty of Humanities |
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is proud to announce the establishment of the Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities on the Mt. Scopus campus of the university.
The Mandel Foundation approved an $18 million grant for a building to house the new school and a renewable grant of $2.5 million for programs. This is one of the largest gifts in support of the humanities worldwide.
This gift follows on the heels of a $22.5 million gift by the Mandel Foundation to establish the Mandel Center for the Humanities at Brandeis University, inaugurated in October 2010.
These two extraordinary philanthropic contributions reflect the Mandel Foundation's strong commitment to advance and strengthen the study of the humanities in Israel and around the world.
During the last few decades there has been a worldwide decline in the study of the humanities. The Mandel Foundation has taken on the challenge of reversing this disturbing trend because of its belief in the power of the humanities to enrich society, build bridges, and cultivate more involved citizens thereby enhancing our civil societies.
''Our investment in the humanities at The Hebrew University is an investment in the future of Israel and her people,'' said Morton Mandel, chairman and chief executive officer of the Mandel Foundation. ''The humanities classroom is where ancient meets modern, history touches modernity, and new ideas and ways of thinking are born.”
The Mandel School at the Hebrew University will stress an interdisciplinary approach and welcome graduate and post-doctoral students, creating a locus for outstanding scholarship and research in the humanities.
''This gift is transformative and signifies a major step towards the restoration of the humanities to their rightful place within higher education,'' said Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, president of the Hebrew University. ''Perhaps more than any other discipline,
the humanities stress creativity, critical thinking, and honest deliberation. For centuries it has formed the foundation of any well-rounded education.''
Other projects of the Mandel Foundation in Israel include the Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem, the Mandel Center for Leadership in the Negev, and the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Wing for Jewish Art and Life at the Israel Museum.
The Mandel Foundation was founded in 1953 by Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel. The hallmark of their philanthropy is their commitment to invest in people with the values, ability, and passion to change the world.
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