US filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has been awarded an honorary degree — Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa — by The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The university also recognized 19 other distinguished honorees from a diverse range of disciplines (Leaders of Tomorrow) and 287 HU PhD students.
The Hebrew University awards honorary degrees to those who have distinguished themselves by academic or creative achievement, rendered outstanding service to the University, or whose activities have been of notable benefit to humanity, the State of Israel, or the Jewish people.
“In recognition of his critically acclaimed cinematic success as a writer, director, and actor; honoring his ten blockbuster movies and numerous Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and the Palme d’Or award; in admiration of the scope of his artistic vision, creating films that span genres, historical periods, and themes; and in tribute to his strong ties to Israel through his wife Daniella, and for making Israel his second home,” Tarantino was cited.
The 19 other leaders included Lotte Bailyn, an early pioneer and role model for world-class female academics; Lee Epstein, a legal scholar; Sigalit Landau, an Israeli sculptor and artist known for breathtaking works of the Dead Sea; and Joshua Sanes, a neurobiologist.
“Leaders inspire. They show us the way forward and light up the path for those who follow,” said Prof. Asher Cohen, President of HU. “Our honorees are all driven by a pioneering spirit and a deep sense of mission, whether in the field of academia, business, civic service or philanthropy, and their contributions are boundless.”