Professor Emeritus Miriam Ben-Peretz from the Faculty of Education was awarded the prestigious 2015 EMET Prize in the category of Social Sciences, specifically Education and its promotion. The EMET Prize is an annual prize given for excellence in academic and professional achievements that have far reaching influence and a significant contribution to society. The Prize is given by the A.M.N. Foundation for the Advancement of Science, Art and Culture under the patronage of the Prime Minister. “The entire University of Haifa community is extremely proud of you” wrote President Shapira in a letter of congratulations.
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Professor Aviva Doron has been elected a member of the executive committee of UNESCO’s International Network on Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue, which includes Chairs from Western and Eastern Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East. In an International conference held by UNESCO, Prof. Doron directed the spotlight onto the challenge facing education for openness and acceptance of the other, namely the need to deepen our understanding of how to contend with the individual’s natural inclination to protect the privacy of his inner world and defend it against an invasion by the world of another. Prof. Doron is the Head of the Research Unit for the Cultures of Spain and the Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue in the University.
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Dr. Zur Shalev, the Head of the “Nofei Yeda” (Landscapes of Knowledge) Program at the Department of History, and Dr. Gil Gambash, the Head of the Department of Maritime Civilizations were awarded the Yad Hanadiv Grant for the purpose of establishing the Haifa Center for Mediterranean History. The Center will deal with issues pertaining to the history of the Mediterranean, specifically in the pre-modern period as well as materialistic aspects of Eastern Mediterranean culture.
“This is a big accomplishment for the Faculty of Humanities, both in the Israeli academic arena and the global one, and I am confident that very soon this Center will position itself as a world leader in the research of the History of the Mediterranean Sea,” said Prof. Reuven Snir, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities.