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Douglas Greenberg Honored for Distinguished Service to the Humanities

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kelly Gerald
Sept. 23, 2009
Phone: (202) 745-3239

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Douglas Greenberg, Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University, is the recipient of Phi Beta Kappa’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities. The award will be presented at the closing banquet of the 42nd Triennial Council of the Phi Beta Kappa Society on Saturday, October 3, in Austin, Texas.  

The Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities includes a cash prize and a medal named for Mr. and Mrs. William B. Jaffe, whose gift of $25,000 enabled the Society to create the award in 1970. Mr. Jaffe was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Union College. The award is given once every three years.

Greenberg (right) holds a B.A. from Rutgers University (1969) with Highest Distinction in History, and he received his M.A. (1971) and Ph.D. (1974) from Cornell University. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He is an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and a Fellow of the Society of American Historians.

Greenberg’s career has been a combination of scholarship, teaching, and institutional leadership in several different arenas of the humanities. He came to the School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers in 2008 from his position as Professor of History at the University of Southern California (USC) and Executive Director of the Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education, the successor to Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation (of which he was President and CEO). President and CEO of the Chicago Historical Society from 1993 to 2000, Greenberg also served as Vice President of the American Council of Learned Societies and as Associate Dean of the Faculty at Princeton University. He has taught history at Rutgers, Lawrence, and Princeton Universities, and joined the faculty at USC in 2006.

The author and editor of many books and essays on the history of early America and American law, as well as on technology, scholarship, and libraries, Greenberg also writes and speaks widely about the Holocaust, genocide, and Jewish identity in the post-Holocaust United States.

Greenberg has served on the boards of many non-profit organizations, including the American Historical Association, the National Humanities Alliance, the Organization of American Historians, the Latin School of Chicago, and the Research Libraries Group. He served as Chair of the New Jersey Historical Commission and the California Council for the Humanities. In 2005, he was appointed a member of the American delegation to the International Task Force on Holocaust Remembrance, Education, and Research.

To read Douglas Greenberg’s October 3 acceptance address from the 42nd Triennial Council in Austin, Tex., click here.  

About the Phi Beta Kappa Society Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society. It has chapters at 276 institutions and more than half a million members throughout the country. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression. Among its programs are academic and literary awards, lectureships, a fellowship, a professorship and publication of The American Scholar, an award-winning quarterly journal.  

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