In a signal act of recognition, Professor David Dean Shulman of The Hebrew University has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, class of 2015. The Academy, one of the world's oldest and most respected learned societies, boasts a stellar membership including 250 Nobel laureates and 60 Pulitzer Prize winners. Its roster of Foreign Honorary Members, which Professor Shulman joins, includes Winston Churchill, Stephen Hawking, Niels Bohr, Claude Levi-Strauss and Abba Eban.
David D. Shulman is a pre-eminent scholar of the religions, languages and poetics of ancient India. The American-born Shulman is also a published poet in Hebrew, a literary critic, and peace activist. Currently, the Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies at Hebrew University, Shulman's invitation to fellowship in the American Academy reflects its view that he fits its mission of "advancing the common good by recognizing and enlisting the collaboration of individuals of outstanding achievement, who have demonstrated not only academic excellence, but a commitment to serving society through their accomplishments.”