Dan Department of Communication Dedicated

Vital academic department named for Aubrey and Marla Dan of Toronto, Canada
31 July 2016
Marla and Aubrey Dan

The fast changing media world of the early 21st century presents unprecedented challenges. To provide answers, the academic study of communication must combine theory and practice to produce outstanding media professionals and distinguished communication scholars.


Now, Tel Aviv University has announced the dedication of the Department of Communication in honor of Aubrey and Marla Dan of Toronto, Canada. The family’s generous donation will help position the Dan Department as the leader in the field in Israel.


TAU President Joseph Klafter says, “TAU is delighted to receive this transformative gift from the Dans, who have a deep love of Israel. This contribution will help to accelerate the momentum within the Department.”





Head of the Department Dr. Daniel Dor elaborates, “Aubrey and Marla’s gift will enable us to take a big step forward. We plan to establish the first laboratory of its kind for internet research, build TV and radio studios, continue to upgrade our study programs, offer scholarships for graduate students and post docs, organize large international conferences, invite leading researchers and media personages from around the world, and establish an annual award in communication research and more.”


Aubrey Dan is a businessman and Tony Award-winning theater producer (Memphis). He is President of Dancap Private Equity Inc. and Dancap Productions Inc. Marla Dan was most recently the National President of the Canadian Hadassah-WIZO. The couple is generous philanthropists, donating millions primarily to children, healthcare, women and education charities and other worthy causes in Canada and Israel.


“As Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University who are committed to education and research and strengthening the bonds between Canada and Israel, it is with great pride that we invest in Tel Aviv University’s position as a leader in the study of communications and public relations,” say Aubrey and Marla Dan. “Being able to bring communications in Israel to a new level of professionalism and integrity using the latest social media and modern communications technology will help promote Israel and its contribution to the world.”



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