Yale awards nine honorary degrees at 2012 graduation

Aaron Temkin Beck '46 M.D.








Aaron Temkin Beck ’46 M.D.

Doctor of Medical Science 

Widely acclaimed as the father of cognitive therapy, your pioneering work has greatly advanced our understanding of mental health, transformed the treatment of mental illnesses, and set new standards for assessing the effectiveness of psychotherapy. By subjecting traditional psychodynamic methods to rigorous research, you created a completely new form of treatment of depression and extended your approach to other forms of mental illness such as schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. For your seminal contributions and their consequence  for mental health, we are proud to award your second Yale degree: Doctor of Medical Sciences.


Robert Choate Darnton







Robert Choate Darnton

Doctor of Humanities

An innovative historian and director of Harvard’s library, you have been a scholar of the impact of books, a connoisseur of their contents, and an advocate for the democratization of knowledge through digital dissemination. By studying the books of the Enlightenment in their social context, your approach to the history of ideas has brought together two previously separate strands of thought. You have acted on your commitment to the cause of books by advancing on-line publishing and free digital access to information. Because you have taught us why books mattered in the past and why- in all their forms-they matter  now, we are pleased to name you Doctor of Humanities.


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Robert M. Gates

Doctor of Humane Letters

You are a true American patriot. Your candor, commitment, and contributions to the nation have inspired us all. You rose from entry level to the leadership of the CIA, where you are remembered as among the most effective directors in the Agency’s history.Then, after service as a dean and university president, you served Presidents of both parties with distinction as Secretary of Defense. You have won the admiration of politicians,generals, and leaders of the intelligence community by consistently advocating for better management of defense and intelligence resources, and calling attention to twin goals of protection and peace, even in the midst of challenging wars. With gratitude for your dedication, we bestow on you the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.




Doctor of Music

With poise,precision, and artistry, you have been acclaimed as one of the world’s great violinist since the age of 14. Equally gifted in the classical and the contemporary repertoire, you have embraced new music even as you bring interpretative brilliance to the composers of the past. And your philanthropic ventures have extended your influence far beyond the concert hall. You provide music education to 15,000 New York City children each year, and you promote music as a force for good in your role as a United Nations Messenger for Peace. For your supreme talent and your commitment to education and community well being, we are pleased to name you  Doctor of Music.


Jane Lubchenco

Jane Lubchenco

Doctor of Science

A distinguished ecologist and public servant, you are a steward of sea and sky. As the first woman to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, you have been a fierce advocate for using scientific expertise in the realm of policy and government – from forecasting hurricanes to monitoring climate change. You have inspired scientist to communicate their work so it can be applied to practical decision – making. As a teacher, scientist,and public servant you are a role model. For your scientific achievement, vision, and global environmental advocacy, we are honored to name you Doctor of Science.


Margaret Hilary Marshall ’76 J.D.

Margaret Hilary Marshall ’76 J.D.

Doctor of Laws

You have devoted your life to the pursuit of justice, from your native South Africa as a student protesting apartheid to the supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, as the first woman to serve as its Chief Justice. You change the legal landscape with your courageous decision to recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry – opening the door for other states to follow. You have graciously and generously offered your wise counsel to Yale as an engaged and devoted Fellow of the Yale Corporation and as a trusted advisor on matter of consequence. You are a mentor and role model, a respected


__Angelika Neuwirth

Angelika Neuwirth

Doctor of Divinity

You have immersed yourself in the study of the Qur’an, bringing new understanding not only of its literary form and aesthetics, but also of its origin in, and indebtedness to, the religiously and culturally diverse world of late antiquity. Drawing on the disciplines of history, literature, language, and religion, you have enriched and enlivened the scholarship surrounding this holy work. As a speaker of both Hebrew an Arabic, you have used your scholarship to bring together those who do not often speak to each other, and, through humanitarian engagement, you have built bridges between cultures, religious, and peoples. We are pleased to recognize your contributions to Islamic and Arabic studies with the degree of Doctor of Divinity.

William Julius Wilson

William Julius Wilson

Doctor of Social Science

You have made the study of inequality your life’s work. Your scholarship, spanning four decades, has sparked major debates about how we as a nation can address some of our most vexing problems: urban poverty, joblessness, and industrial decline.  With unflinching fairness, you have challenged conventional wisdom with wisdom of your own – grounded in research and tempered by extensive knowledge of cities. By identifying the tragic impact of deindustrialization, you have issued a call to rethink policy and practice to best serve our society. Generations of scholars have built upon your work. We are proud to award you the degree of Doctor of Social Science.

Richard Wilbur

Richard Wilbur

Doctor of Letters

Master craftsman, for 65 years, with penetrating eye and faultless ear, you have added poem after to the company of those that will last, illuminating with wit and invention the ” things of this world”. Elegant poet of depth and finish, superb translator from French to English, and from life to art, Yale is honored to name you Doctor of Letters.

Tufts University 152nd Commencement

Meredith Vieira

Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow awarded Meredith Vieira an honorary degree during the University’s 152nd Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 18, 2008.

Commencement 2008   Meredith Vieira, you bring to this      celebration a warm, familiar presence, not only because you co-host the most widely watched television morning show in the country, but because you are one of use. After graduating from Tufts with a degree in English, you entered an intense,competitive profession, broadcast journalism. Your intelligence, versatility,ethics and uncanny ability to connect personally with your viewers quickly marked you as a rising star. Coveted assignments at WCBS-TV in New York, 60 Minutes, and West 57th led to numerous Emmy awards and made yours a household name. Therefore, when you boldly chose to interrupt your career to focus on your young family, your example resonated across the nation and further endeared you to your admirers. Family is paramount to you. you embrance its gifts and challenges with strength, selflessness and love. In a world where so many struggles to find the right balance  between family and career, you always seem to have your priorities right. Your return to TV as co-host of The View signaled a happy reunion with your fans, and now you start the day with millions as co-anchor of the legendary Today. Amid your many responsibilities, you give generously of your time to your alma mater, help our students and faculty, and make us proud to call you one of our own. For your outstanding achievements that bring honor to your family, profession and Tufts, it is a delight to present to you the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa.


Steven S. Manos

Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow awarded v an honorary degree during the University’s 152nd Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 18, 2008.

Commencement 2008  Stephen S. Manos, you served for 26 years as Tufts’ executive vice president. With a hard head and a soft hearth, you quietly and deftly helped to transform Tufts from a modest regional institution to the great international university it is today. During your tenure, you were regarded by many as the university’s most dedicated and talented administrator. Your thoughtful stewardship of the university’s resources gave strength and sustenance to our academic mission. In the areas of human resources, operations, finance, and information technology, you challenged Tufts to become better, more efficient, more creative, and more student centered. Your legacy of of superb fiscal management sustained us today, and no one ever wrote a more elegant annual budget message. Colleagues cite your wisdom, integrity, Thoughtfulness , self-effacing style, and deep respect for the academy. Your ability to link bold academic vision with administrative ingenuity led to the creation of the Fletcher School’s groundbreaking Global Master of Arts Program. A teacher at hearth , more than 150 undergraduates called your ‘advisor ‘, and benefited from your guidance. Tufts University is the vibrant academic community it is today because of your skill and your unwavering confidence in its contributions to society. With heartfelt gratitude for the service you have rendered to tufts over three decades and three presidents, Steve Manos, it is an honor to award to you the degree of Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa.


Mary Oliver

Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow awarded Mary Oliver an honorary degree during the University’s 152nd Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 18, 2008.

Commencement 2008

Mary Oliver, like the natural world that inspires you, your work evokes wonder. You have long been honored as one of America’s most distinguished poets. You early gained acclaim for revealing nature’s brilliance, awakening our senses  and enlivening our minds with intense and exquisite imagery.  You have gone on to share with your readers a boundless journey of discovery and self-discovery. With the passage of time, your work has gained in personal resonance, and you have let us experience through your clear-eyed vision both loss and love.  The great poetic tradition of American transcendentalism finds in you its  contemporary voice, for you have explored deeply, and expressed eloquently, the connection between the worlds of natural and spiritual experience. You have also shared generously with aspiring writers the talents that have won you the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; your passion for the written word has informed your distinguished teaching at Bennington College and elsewhere, as well as your guides to the writing of  poetry. Mary Oliver, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Tufts University and to confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.


Susan Rodgerson

Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow awarded Susan Rodgerson an honorary degree during the University’s 152nd Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 18, 2008.

Commencement 2008  Susan Rodgerson, you use art to create hope, opportunity, and community for many of Boston’s underserved, inner city teens. Artist for Humanity, the innovative non-profit organization you founded in 1990, provides a unique mix of structure and independence that encourages young people to become confident active citizens. You pair eager young artist with accomplished mentors to create enduring relationships. You teach your students art and design skills, and then secure these students an opportunity to develop their craft through work commissioned  by Boston’s corporate community.Your apprentice artist go on to collage and get rewarding jobs, fulfilling a dream that seemed out of reach until they met you. Your steadfast commitment to making the world a better place is even reflected in the bold design of your award winning EpiCenter, home to your studios and gallery space which uses 100 percent renewable energy to model lessons of sustainability.  The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities honored you for making a difference in the lives of underserved youth. While awards come your way, the true reward for you, Susan Rodgerson, is the success of your artists. For your remarkable contributions to Boston youth, our city and the arts, Tufts University proudly presents to you the degree of Doctor of Public Service, honoris causa.


Robert S. Schwartz, MD

Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow awarded Robert S. Schwartz, MD, an honorary degree during the University’s 152nd Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 18, 2008.

Commencement 2008  Robert S. Schwartz, there are many people in this audience today who have you to thank for the gift of life. As a young hemotologist in a specialty young itself, you met your mentor, Dr. William Dameshek. Together, you embarked  on research at Tufts Medical Center that dramatically altered medicine and made human organ transplantation a reality. Through careful study, you unraveled the mysteries of human organ rejection and discovered the promise of chemical immunosuppression. In 1958, you showed that a particular drug, 6-mercaptopurine, inhibited the immune response in humans and allowed transplanted organs the opportunity  to survive. Your discovery made possible transplantation of hearts, lungs, kidneys, livers and bone marrow and gave countless patients new hope for a brighter future.You subsequently helped develop azathioprine, also known as Imuran, which remains an organ-saving, immunosuppressant drug today.  Your contributions to medicine are cited by Nobel prize winners for their impact on humanity. You taught for 30 years at Tufts University School of Medicine and graciously shared with students the gifts of clinical excellence, personal integrity, curiosity, tenacity and modesty that characterize your work and life. Dr. Robert Schwartz, for your landmark discoveries in medicine, and for the hope and future you bring to people worldwide, Tufts University proudly presents to you the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.


Donald E. Wilson, MD, MACP

Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow awarded Donald E. Wilson, MD, MACP, an honorary degree during the University’s 152nd Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 18, 2008.

Commencement 2008  Donald E. Wilson, your alma mater honors you today for your profound influence on the field of medicine. Upon graduating from Tufts University School of Medicines in 1962, you embarked upon on the extraordinary career that is noteworthy for great clinical care, exemplary teaching and superb leadership in University administration and the medical profession. After Tufts , you quickly established yourself as a leading academic gastroenterologist. Your skilled hand as department chair and physicians-in-chief led to your historic appointment as dean of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1991, marking the first time that an African-American was selected to lead a predominantly white medical school in this country. At Maryland,  your core principles of equitable health care for all, and equal opportunity  for aspiring physicians of all backgrounds create a culture of resounding respect that remains the envy of many medical schools today. Throughout your life, you broke barriers and created pathways for others. You are a ‘keeper of the flame’ in the field of academic medicine , committed to mentoring students, supporting colleagues, helping those in need, and advancing the profession. Your election to the Institute of Medicine and the Association of American Physicians reflects the high regard in which you are held by your colleagues. Dr. Donald Wilson, Tufts welcomes you home. It is a great honor to confer upon you the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

Dartmouth’s 2010 Honorary Degree Recipients to be Recognized at Commencement Ceremonies on June 13

Seven honorary degree recipients will be recognized at Dartmouth College’s 2010 Commencement on Sunday morning, June 13, on the Dartmouth Green. The academic procession begins at 9:30 a.m., and visitors are advised to be in their seats by that time. Commencement ceremonies begin at 10 a.m.

Those receiving honorary degrees include (extended biographical information below, or click on each name):

  • Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, 18th Surgeon General of the United States, Vice Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
  • Agnes Binagwaho, MD, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health of Rwanda
  • Arthur Irving, Chairman, Irving Oil Company and other energy firms
  • Stephen Lewis, former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations and former UN Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa
  • Barry MacLean ’60 and Thayer  School of Engineering ’61, President and CEO, MacLean-Foggy Company
  • James Nachtwey ’70, award-winning photo journalist
  • Jodi Picoult, best-selling novelist

Biographical information for honorary degree recipients:

Regina Benjamin, Honorary Doctor of Science

Regina Benjamin  Regina  Benjamin

Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, is the 18th Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service. As American’s Doctor, she provides the public with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and the health of the nation. Benjamin also oversees the operational command of 6,500 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, protect, and advance the health of the American people.

Benjamin is founder and former CEO of the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic in Alabama, former Associate Dean for Rural Health at the University of the South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile, and immediate past chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards of United States. In 1995, she was the first physician under age 40 and the first African American woman to be elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees. She served as President of the American Medical Association Education and Research Foundation and Chair of the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs ( CEJA ). In 2002 she became President of the Medical Association State of Alabama, making her the first African American female president of a State Medical Society in the United States.

She has a BS in Chemistry from Xavier University, New Orleans; an MD degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham; an MBA from Tulane University; and 5 Honorary Doctorates. She attended Morehouse School of Medicine and completed her family medicine residency in Macon, Ga. Benjamin is a member of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine, and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She was a Kellogg National Fellow and a Rockefeller Next Generation Leader.Some of her numerous board memberships include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Catholic Health Association, and Morehouse School of Medicine.

In 1998 Benjamin was the United States recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. She was named by Time Magazine as one of the “Nation’s 50 Future Leaders Under Age 40  and Under.” She was featured in a New York Times article, “Angel in a White Coat,” Person of the Week” on ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings,” Woman of the Year’ by CBS This Morning, and in  People Magazine. She was featured on the December 1999 cover of Clarity Magazine, received the 2000 National Caring Award which was inspired by Mother Teresa, was on the January 2003 cover of Reader’s Digest , received the papal honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice from the pope Benedict XVI and was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.

Agnes Binagwaho, Honorary Doctor of Science

Agnes Binagwaho, MD    Agnes Binagwaho,MD

Agnes Binagwaho, MD, is the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health of Rwanda. She obtained her medical training in Belgium and France. She is a pediatrician specializing in Emergency pediatrics, neonatology, and the treatment of HIV/AIDS in children and adults. she is the chair of the Rwandan Pediatrics Society.

Binagwaho worked as a pediatrician in France and Rwandan before accepting an appointment in 2002 as the executive secretary of Rwanda’s National AIDS Control Commission, the national body that oversees the planning ,monitoring, and evaluation of activities ti fight HIV and AIDS. She left the post in October 2008 to take her current position.

She has served four years as the Chair of the Rwandan Steering Committee for the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief  (PEPFAR), and was responsible for the management of the World Bank MAP Project in Rwanda, while also serving on the country’s High Commission on Aid Policy. She is the current chair of the Rwanda Country Coordinating Mechanism of The Global Found  to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

She co-coordinated the United Nations Task Force of Millennium Development Goal Project for HIV/AIDS and Access to Essential Medicines, under the leadership of Professor Jeffrey Sachs, for the Secretary-General of the United Nations. From 2006-2009, she co-chaired the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS, an independent alliance of researchers, implementers, policy makers, activists, and people living with HIV. She is a member of several boards and foundations and journals combating AIDS and infant mortality, including the Health Advisory Board for Times magazine. She is a member of the editorial board of the Public Library of Science, and the advisory board of the friends of the Global Fund of Africa. She is also a member of the advisory committee of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and of the steering committee for the Multi-Country  Support Program on SSR/HIV/AIDS, an advisory body of the Royal Tropical Institute of Amsterdam, Netherlands. She is a founding board member of the Tropical Institute of the Community Health and Development in Africa, based in Kisumu, Kenya.

“Dr. Agnes,” as she’s known, actively pursues an agenda in favor of children an women in Rwanda and in the world. She has authored more than 100 presentations and articles for international conferences and journals on pediatrics, HIV/AIDS, and program management.

Arthur Irving, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Arthur Irving     Arthur Irving

Arthur Irving is Chairman of Irving Oil Company and other energy firms headquartered in new Brunswick, Canada. Born in 1930, Irving grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick, and attended Acadia University in Nova Scotia.

From a young age, Irving worked with his father, K.C. Irving, the founder of Irving Oil. He became President of Irving Oil in 1972. Under his leadership, the business grew. Irving Oil is a family-owned and privately held oil company supplying wholesale,commercial, and retail costumers  throughout Eastern Canada and New England. The Irving Oil Refinery, with a production capacity of more than 300,000 barrels a day, is Canada’s largest refinery.

In 2008, Irving was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, recognizing business excellence, outstanding achievements, and enduring contributions to Canadian society. He received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003, one of a few Canadians nominated by Ducks Unlimited Canada. Also in 2003, Irving was made an officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honor recognizing lifetime achievement.Irving Oil was named North American Refiner of the Year in 2004 by Hart Publications, an annual award to a refiner for achievements such as producing clean fuels, investing in both its facilities and employees, and consistently enhancing its environmental performance. In 2003, Irving Oil became the first oil company to win a United States Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Excellence Award for producing low-sulfur gasoline three years ahead of regulation, contributing to improved air quality, vehicle performance, and added health and environmental benefits.

Irving has long supported both  academic institutions and environmental causes. He is past Director and President of Ducks Unlimited Canada, a wetland and wildlife conservation organization. Since 1996, Irving has served as Chancellor of Acadia University, his alma mater. In 2002, he is established  the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and the Harriet Irving Botanical Garden at Acadia University, named in memory of his father and mother. Acadia University is also home of the Arthur Irving Academy  for the Environment, a center of scholarship on environmental issues, including holistic, trans-disciplinary approaches to environmental management, conservation, and sustainability.

As the parent of Sarah ’10 and an adopted member  of Darmouth’s Class of 1972, Arthur and his wife Sandra Irving have been ardent supporters of Darmouth, helping fund scholarships and course development in the business field. Irving is also father of Kenneth, Arthur, Jennifer, and Emily.

Stephen Lewis, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Stephen Lewis   Stephen Lewis

Stephen Lewis is Former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations and former UN Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa. He is currently the co-director of AIDS-Free World, an international advocacy organization he co-founded in 2007 on the heels of his tenure as UN Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa. The organization works to promote more urgent and more effective global responses to HIV/AIDS. Lewis is also a professor in Global Health at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and he serves as a member of the Board Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.

Lewis spent time in Africa in the early 1960s during a break from undergraduate studies, a trip that influenced his future career. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1963, at the age of 25. In 1970,he was elected the leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party, a role he held until stepping down in 1978. Lewis was a noted radio and television commentator on public issues and became a prominent labor relations arbitrator before his appointment as Canadian Ambassador to the UN in 1984. As Ambassador, Lewis chaired the committee that drafted the Five-Year UN Programme on African Economic Recovery,and he chaired the first International Conference on Climate Change in 1988.

He serve as Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund from 1995-1999. In 1997, in additional to his work at UNICEF, Lewis was appointed by the Organization of Africa Unity to a panel of Eminent Personalities to Investigate the Genocide in Rwanda. He serve as UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from 2001-2006.

Lewis is the author of Race Against Time ( San Val, November 25), a book that outlines how the international community is falling desperately short of meeting the Millennium Development Goals. Lewis has received numerous honorary degrees and awards, most notably the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honor recognizing lifetime achievement.

Barry MacLean, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Barry MacLean     Barry MacLean ’60, Thayer ’61

Barry MacLean joined MacLean-Fogg Company in Mundelein, Ill., in 1961 and became President an CEO in 1972. MacLean-Fogg is a global provider of automotive and trucks components and devices for the power and telephone utilities with 4,000 workers in Asia,Europe, and the Americas.

MacLean is a member, director,and former chairman of various business and professional organizations. His civic interests include: Trusteeships at Newberry  Library, Museum of Science and Industry, University of Chicago Hospitals, and U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. He is former Chairman of the Board of the School of Art Institute and Vice Chairman of the Art Institute. He serve for 35 years as elected trustee of the Village of Mettawa and 14 years as mayor.

MacLean graduated from Dartmouth in 1960, and earned a master’s degree from Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering in 1961. He is former chair and current member of the Thayer School Board of Overseers, originally elected in 1974. He was also a Trustee of Dartmouth College from 1991-2001. And he was chairman of the Thayer School portion of Will to Excel fundraising campaign in the 1990s, and a member of the executive committee for the recent Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience, which successfully  raised $1.3 billion and ended in December,2009. MacLean was named a Sylvanus Thayer Fellow in 1979 and was awarded the Robert  Fletcher Award in 1989, and received the Dartmouth College Alumni Award in 2007.

MacLean and his wife, Mary Ann, live in Mettawa, Ill. The couple has five children, Elizabeth, Margaret ’87 ,Duncan ’94, Gillian ’95, and Adrian, and ten grandchildren.

James Nachtwey, Honorary Doctor of Arts

james nachtwey    James Nachtwey ’70

James Nachtwey  grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1970, where he studied art history and political science. Images from the Vietnam War and the American Civil Rights movement had a powerful effect on him and were instrumental in his decision to become a photographer. He has worked aboard ships in the Merchant Marine, and while teaching himself photography, he was an apprentice news film editor and a truck driver.

In 1976 he started work as a newspaper photographer in New Mexico, and in 1980, he moved to New York to begin a career as a freelance magazine photographer. His first foreign assignment was to cover civil strife in Northern Ireland in 1981 during the IRA hunger strike. Since then, Nachtwey has devoted himself to documenting wars, conflicts and critical social issues. He has worked on extensive photographic essays in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza, Israel, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, the Philippines, South Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Rwanda, South Africa, Russia, Bosnia, Chechnya, Kosovo, Romania, Brazil, and the United States.

Nachtwey has been a contract photographer with Time Magazine since 1984. He was associated with Black Star from 1980-1985 and was a member of Magnum from 1986 until 2001. In 2001, he became one of the founding members of the photo agency, VII. He has had solo exhibitions at the International Center of Photography in New York, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris, the Palazzo Esposizione in Rome, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, Culturgest in Lisbon,El Circulo de Bellas Artes  in Madrid, Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles, the Carolinum in Prague, and the Hasselblad Center  in Sweden, among others.

Nachtwey’s work is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France, and the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts. He has written two books, Deeds of War (Thames & Hudson,1990) and Inferno (Phaidon Press, 2000).

He has received numerous honors such as the Common Wealth Award, Robert Capa Gold Medal (five times), Henry Luce Award, the World Press Photo Award (twice), Magazine Photographer of the Year (seven times), the International Center of Photography Infinity Award(three times), the Leica Award (twice), the Bayeaux Award for War Correspondents (twice), the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, and the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Grant in Humanistic Photography. He has been named recipient of the TED Prize, the Heinz Foundation Award for Art and Humanities, and the Dan David Prize. War Photographer, a documentary about his work, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002. His website is http://www.jamesnachtwey.com

Jodi Picoult, Honorary Doctor of Letters


jodi picoult     Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is one of the top-selling novelist in the world with #1 bestsellers in the United States, the United Kingdom,Ireland, Australia,New Zealand, and South Africa. She was written 17 novels: Song of the Humpback Whale (1992), Harvesting the Hearth (1994), Picture Perfect (1995), Mercy (1996), The Pact (1998), Keeping Faith (1999), Plain Truth (2000), Salem Falls (2001), Perfect Match (2002), Second Glance (2003), My Sister’s Keeper (2004), Vanishing Acts (2005), The Tenth Circle (2006), Nineteen Minutes (2007), Change of Hearth (2008), Handle With Care (2009), and House Rules (2010)–the last of which debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list.

Picoult studied creative writing at Princeton, and had two short stories published in Seveteen magazine while still a student. Realism, and a profound desire to be able to pay the rent, led Picoult to a series of different jobs following her graduation: as a technical writer for a Wall Street brokerage firm, as a copywriter at an ad agency, as an editor at a textbook publisher, and as an eighth grade English teacher, before matriculating at Harvard to pursue a master’s degree in education.

In 2003 she was awarded the New England Bookseller Award for Fiction. She has also been the recipient an Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association, sponsored by the Margaret Alexander Edwards Trust and Booklist, one of 10 books written for adults that have special appeal for young adults; the Book Browse Diamond Award for novel of the year; a 2009 Latino Book Award for best novel, a lifetime achievement award for mainstream fiction from the Romance Writers of America; Cosmopolitan magazine’s ‘Fearless Fiction’ Award 2007; Waterstone’s Author of the Year in the UK, a Vermont Green Mountain Book Award, a Virginia Reader’s Choice Award, the Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award, a NH Flume Award, and a Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award. She wrote five issues of the Wonder Woman comic book series for DC Comics. Her books are translated into 34 languages in 35 countries. Three – The PactPlain Truth, and The Tenth Circle, have been made into television movies. My Sister’s Keeper was a big-screen movie released from New Line Cinema, with Nick Cassavetes directing and Cameron Diaz starring, and is now available on DVD. Picoult and her family live in Hanover, N.H.

Bryant announces honorary degree recipients for 150th Commencement

SMITHFIELD, RI– Bryant University will bestow honorary degrees on four distinguished individuals at its 150th Commencement exercises May 16 and 18.

” As we celebrate Bryant’s 150-year tradition of excellence during the calendar year, we are also participating the global challenges of the next 150 years and reflecting on what we will do in the future,” University President Ronald K. Machtley said in his e-mail announcing the recipients. “We are honored to have an internationally renowned historian joining us for our sesquicentennial  Commencement, and –in  recognition of the tremendous humanitarian contributions of two of our honorees– in the year ahead we will devote special attention to one of the greatest problems facing our world: world hunger.

“Bryant University excels at preparing leaders for the future,” he continued. “Our Class of 2013 graduates join the many Bryant alumni who are successful leaders  whose careers have evolved from their business and arts and sciences backgrounds. A key component of leadership is looking at our humanitarian duty, and this includes creating opportunities for business and society to have a positive impact on the issues of world hunger. To build on Bryant’s history of educating leaders who make a difference, in the next academic year Bryant will focus on topic of world hunger.”

The Commencement speaker for this year’s undergraduate ceremonies will be historian Jon Meacham.

Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Random House executive editor and executive vice president, will address graduating senior on May 18. He is the author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, a New York Times bestseller that has been named of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, The Seattle Times, and the St. Louis Post-dispatch. Meacham received the Pulitzer Prize for American lion, his biography of Andrew Jackson. He is also author of Franklin and Winston and American Gospel. Meacham serves as executive editor and executive vice president of Random House, and he is contributing editor to Time magazine, a former editor of  Newsweek, and has written for The New Your Times and The Washington Post, among other publications.

Meacham is a Fellow of the Society of American Historians and serves on the boards of the New-York Historical Society, the Churchill Center, and the McCallie School. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he was educated at McCallie and at The University of the South. Bryant will recognize Meacham with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

At this year’s 150th Commencement Bryant also will award honorary degrees to two highly accomplished women who share the vision of a world without hunger.

Catherine Bertini’s  distinguished career includes service as executive director of the UN World Food Program ( WFP ), where she transformed the WFP into the world’s largest humanitarian organization and a model for UN effectiveness and accountability. Bertini, who is widely recognized for her leadership in decreasing world hunger and famine, is an World Food Prize Laureate. She is a member of the Board of International Food and Agricultural Development, which advises USAID, and recently served as a member of the Accountability  Review Board on Benghazi, appointed by Secretary Hillary Clinton.

She also served as the Under Secretary-General for Management and us UN Security Coordinator, and was appointed by Secretary-General Kofi Annan as Humanitarian Envoy to the Horn of Africa and to Gaza and the West Bank. Bertini is currently Senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Agricultural Development Initiative, and a member of the faculty of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She earned a bachelor of Art degree from the State University of New York at Albany.

Navyn Salem, who will receive an honorary doctor of business administration degree, is executive director and founder of Edesia Global Nutrition Solutions, a nonprofit producer of ready-to-use foods ( RUFs) that threat and prevent malnutrition in vulnerable populations in the developing world.Salem created Edesia after a trip to Tanzania made her aware of the toll malnutrition can take on a country. Using a model of social entrepreneurship, collaboration, and advocacy, Salem has expanded Edesia’s  work to include a U.S. factory focused on production, research and development, and support of local producers. Since opening its doors, the company, headquartered in providence, Rhode Island, has provided RUFs in response to emergencies such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and its products have been distributed in more than 34 countries, reaching 1.2 million children. Salem is graduate of Boston College and the recipient of the 2012 Bryant University Women’s Summit New England Businesswoman of the Year award.

Speaking at our Graduate School of Business Commencement ceremonies on May 16 will be Joseph J. MarcAurele, who will receive an honorary doctor of business administration degree.

MarcAurele is an accomplished and well-respected leader within the New England banking industry.In 2009 he joined The Washington Trust Company, the largest independent bank in the United States, as president and chief operating officer. He was appointed chairman, president and chief executive officer in 2010. Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is the oldest public companies listed on the stock market. MarcAurele previously served as president of Citizens Bank,where he held executive positions including chairman, president, and CEO of Citizens Bank of Rhode Island and Connecticut. His early banking career included seven years at Fleet Financial Group.MarcAurele  is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross .


Swarthmore College – Commencement 2005

Daniel Hoffman

Daniel Hoffman

Honorary Degree Citation

Daniel Hoffman, you are a poet of rare craft and vision, a provocative literary critic, and a beloved teacher.  You bring to the study of literature, a lyric voice; and to the art of poetry, a love of history.  You have published over twenty books, charting the course of the American literary tradition and enriching that tradition with your own beautiful poems.  To use your own words from “Hang-Gliding” from Helicon, your work is “Carved on memory’s staff.  Casting its message/In a sort of singing.”

You were born in New York City in 1923, served as an Air Force officer in World War II, and received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1947, and a Ph.D. in 1956.  You then taught at Swarthmore for nine years, until you were lured away by the University of Pennsylvania, where you taught until 1996 as the Felix E. Shelling Professor of English.  You introduced Penn’s first poetry workshop and later become Director of Penn’s Creative Writing Program that evolved from that workshop.

Your studies of literature include books on Paul Bunyan and Stephen Crane, and on the poetry of Yeats, Graves, and Muir; the seminal Form and Fable in American Fiction, which explores the uses of folklore and mythology in the romances of Hawthorne, Melville, and Twain; and a celebrated study of Poe, which finds his genius in his capacity to transform his own suffering into provocative paradigms of the American condition.

Your first poetic work, “An Armada of Thirty Whales,” was chosen by W.H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series.  It was followed by nine others, including, “Striking Stones,” “Broken Laws,” “Darkening Water,” and “Beyond Silence.”

“Hang-Gliding” from Helicon won the Paterson Poetry Prize in 1989. And “Brotherly love,” an epic poem that evokes William Penn’s vision of America as well as the historical struggels that threatened that vision, was nominated for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics’ Circle Award and was set to music. Monroe Spears reffered to “Brotherly Love” as perhaps the nearest equivalent to “Paradise Lost” now possible. And critic Keith Walters extols you work “as clearly seeing, and completely reflecting [American culture's] intricacies, contradictions, tensions and values.”

You have been recipient of NEH and Guggenheim fellowships; were honored with the Hazlett Memorial Award and the Aiken Taylor Award; held the position of chancellor Emeritus of The Academy of America Poets; and, from 1973 to 1974, had the great honor to serve as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, the appointment called Poet Laureate.

Those whom you taught at Swarthmore vividly remember their inspiring teacher, and the campus continues to celebrate the beauty and power of your poetry and prose. Your son Tad graduated from Swarthmore in 1980, and you and your family have lived in Swarthmore for nearly fifty years, taking an active part in the life of this college and Borough.

In accepting the award for poetry from The American Academy of Arts Letters, you wrote: “Amid private sufferings and outrage at the brutalities of public life, it is gaiety that sustains us, and love, and the imagination’s power to create from both deprivation and delight.” Daniel Hoffman, you are the exemplar of the scholar-teacher and poet- critic, whose work and person sustain those they touch through that very imagination, gaiety, and love.

Upon the recommendation of the faculty, and by the power vested in me by Board of Managers of Swarthmore College and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I have the honor to bestow upon you the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

Amherst College – 2008 Honorary Degree Citations


Robert H. Brown

Doctor of Science

Robert H. Brown, Jr. is a processor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and is renowned for his pioneering work  on the genetics of the motor neuron disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease-a rapidly paralyzing disorder that currently has no treatment. The first to identify an ALS gene in 1993, Brown and his associates subsequently helped to find two more ALS gene and to develop animal models of motor neurons disease.

In 1948, Brown founded Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, now an internationally recognized center for research and clinical care in this field. In addition to his work on ALS, Brown has conducted productive research on a range of diseases affecting muscles and movement and directs the hospital’s Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic.

Committed to finding effective treatments for parents as quickly as possible, Brown initiated the ALS Therapy Alliance to share scientific and medical insights into ALS and other neurodegenerative disorders. His colleagues have consistently praised his dedication to direct work with patients and their support groups, balanced with the strenuous demands of his research program.

Brown’s research has been published in the most distinguished scientific journals, including Science and Nature. His work has garnered many accolades, including his inductions into the Institute of Medicine and the American Neurological Association. In 2007, Brown received the Robert Wartenberg Lecture Award from the American Academy of Neurology for excellence in clinically relevant research.

Brown graduated from Amherst in 1969, having completed an interdisciplinary biophysics major and earning the coveted Psi Upsilon First Citizen Award for the graduate pre-eminent in scholarship, leadership, athletics and character. In the days before combined M.D./Ph.D. programs were established, Brown completed his medical training at Harvard and went on to earn a D.Phil. at Oxford. He has worked in the Harvard medical system throughout his career, first as a neurology resident and then as a faculty member in the neurology department.


Geoffrey Canada

Doctor of Humane Letters

Characterized by education activist Jonathan Kozol as “one of the best friends children have, or ever will have, in our nation,” Geoffrey Canada has served as president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) since 1990. He spearheaded the implementation of an integrated set of educational, social and medical services designed to form a safety net so tightly woven that no child can fall through the cracks.

HCZ programs take a holistic approach to neighborhood revitalization, simultaneously working to diminish violence, bolster educational opportunities, strengthen parenting skills and improve health care. Promising results in the original24-square-block neighborhood enabled HCZ to extend the zone to 100 square blocks, encompassing more than 9,500 at-risk children in central Harlem. Canada’s revolutionary approach is now being replicated in cities across the country and around the world.

Canada is the author of Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America, described by The New York Time as “less like a book than a bell, or a beacon” and Reaching Up for Manhood: Transforming the Lives of Boys in America. His pioneering work has been recognized with a range of prestigious awards, including the first Heinz Award in the Human Condition and the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education. He currently serves as the East Cost Regional Coordinator for the Black Community Crusade for Children.

Canada, the third of four brothers, was raised by his mother in the South Bronx. A 1974 graduate of Bowdoin College, Canada earned an Ed. M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education before teaching at, and later directing, a private day school serving troubled children in Boston. He returned to New York City in 1983 to direct a truancy prevention program at what would become HCZ. That same year, Canada, a third-degree black belt, founded the Chang Moo Chan Martial Arts School, where he continues to teach Tae Kwan Do and conflict resolution techniques. He is the father of our children.image

Mohamed ElBaradei

Doctors of Laws

Trained as a lawyer, Mohamed ElBaradei began his career in Egypt’s diplomatic service, joining the Permanent Missions of Egypt to the United Nations in 1964. ElBaradei served as special assistant to the Egyptian foreign minister for four years before joining the United Nations and becoming a senior fellow in charge of the International Law Program at its Institute for Training and Research. He joined the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Secretariat in 1984, serving as its legal advisor until 1993 and then as assistant director general for external relations. In 1997, ElBaradei was named the agency’s fourth director general and continues to serve in his third consecutive term in this capacity.

In 2005, ElBaradei and the IAEA were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to limit the use of nuclear energy to peaceful purposes and to ensure that it is used in the safest possible way. The Nobel Committee praised his commitment to promoting international cooperation as well as to tightening procedures that led to more effective inspections. In accepting the award, ElBaradei noted that “peace is not a single achievement, but it is an environment, a process and a permanent commitment.” He donated his prize funds to support orphanages in his home city of Cairo.

Under his leadership, the IAEA engaged in several high-profile nuclear investigations in Iraq, Iran and North Korea and into the nuclear black market run by one of Pakistan’s top scientists. The Agency has also worked to help developing nations employ nuclear technologies for peaceful purposes, including advances in medical care, the mapping of underground water supplies for sustainable resource management and techniques to study climate change.

ElBaradei is a 1962 graduate of Cairo University and earned a Ph.D. in International Law from the New York University School of Law in 1974. His work has garnered him international acclaim, including the Four Freedoms Award from the Roosevelt Institute, the James Park Morton Interfaith Award and the Greatest Nile Collar, the highest Egyptian civilian decoration. ElBaradei lives in Vienna with his wife, an early childhood teacher. They have two grown children.


Henry A. Freedman

Doctor of Law

Henry A. Freedman joined the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ), formerly the Welfare Law Center, in it’s infancy and has served as its executive director since 1971. The center uses a coordinate strategy of impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy and support for community organizations to effect systemic reform in the delivery of human services to low-income families and to safeguard the legal and constitutional rights of the poor.

Described by Sen. Edward Kennedy as “a shining example of how much dedicated attorneys can do to make our society truly fair and just for all our citizens,” Freedman has been at the forefront of the welfare rights movement for decades. Among the seminal cases of his career, he successfully argued Califano v. Westcott before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1979, establishing that benefits designed for unemployed parents cannot be withheld on the basis of gender.

Freedman has chaired the Committee on Legal Assistance of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and served on the New York State Department of Social Services State Advisory Council. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s Reginald Heber Smith Award for Dedicated Service, the New York State Bar Association’s Public Interest Law Award and the William Nelson Cromwell Medal of the New York County Lawyer’s Association.

A 1962 graduate of Amherst College, Freedman earned an L.L.B. from Yale Law School in 1965, where he was president of the Legal Aid Association. Before directing the NCLEJ, he was in private practice in New York City and taught at Catholic University Law School in Washington, D.C. He has also taught at the Columbia and New York University law schools and the Columbia and Fordham schools of social work.


Shirley Tilghman

Doctor of Human Letters

Shirley Tilghman became Princeton University’s 19th president—and its first female president—in June 2001. An exceptional teacher and a world-renowned scholar and leader in the field of molecular biology, she joined the Princeton faculty in 1986 as the Howard A. Prior Professor of the Life Sciences. Under her leadership, Princeton has increased the economic diversity of its student body and increased its enrollment to spread the benefits of higher education even further.

Her scientific career yielded many groundbreaking discoveries, from early work cloning the first mammalian gene to later research at Philadelphia’s Institute for Cancer Research and as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. She was named the founding director of Princeton’s Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, whose multidisciplinary approach grew out of Tilghman’s role as one of the architects of the national effort to map the human genome.

An Outspoken advocate for women and minorities in science, Tilghman has promoted efforts to make the early careers of all young scientist as meaningful and productive as possible. At Princeton, she initiated a postdoctoral teaching fellowship program in the sciences and has worked to increase the diversity of Princeton’s faculty and administration, enhance childcare services and provide additional flexibility in the tenure clock.

Tilghman was one of five winners of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science in 2002 and also received the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Developmental Biology and the 2007 Genetics Society of American Medal. Tilghman is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and is one of only 66 female Fellows of the Royal Society, Britain’s national academy of sciences.

Tilghman, a native of Canada, received her Honors B. Sc. in chemist from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, In 1968. After two years of secondary school teaching in Sierra Leone, she obtained her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Temple University. Prior to joining Princeton’s faculty, she was an independent investigator at the Institute for Cancer Research and an adjunct associate professor of human genetics and biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania. Tilghman is the mother of two grown children.


Sir Brian Urquhart

Doctor of Humane Letters

orn in England in 1919, Brian Urquhart was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford. As an officer in Britain’s military intelligence service during World War II, Urquhart liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Moved by the horrors he saw there and the widespread destruction wrought by the war, he dedicated his life to developing human rights into an international rule. A career spanning five decades at the United Nations taught him that “if you hold on to your belief in reason and compassion despite all political maneuvering, your efforts may, in the end, produce results.”

Immediately following the war, Urquhart served as a personal assistant to Gladwyn Jebb, the executive secretary to the Preparatory Commission, which set up the United Nations in London, and then as personal assistant to the U.N.’s first secretary-general, Trygve Lie. From the 1950s through the early 1970s, Urquhart worked in a range of capacities under Nobel laureate Ralph Bunche and was centrally involved in the conferences on peaceful uses of atomic energy, the Congo crisis in the early 1960s—where he survived being kidnapped and badly beaten by rebels in Katanga—and peacekeeping in Cyprus, Kashmir and the Middle East. Urquhart was named the undersecretary-general for special political affairs in 1974 and held the post until his retirement in 1986, after which he spent a decade as a scholar-in-residence at the Ford Foundation.

Urquhart is the author of several books, including acclaimed biographies of Dag Hammarskjöld and Ralph Bunche and an autobiography, A Life in Peace and War. His works on decolonialization and reforming the U.N. system, including most recently A World in Need of Leadership: Tomorrow’s United Nations (with Erskine Childers), have placed him at the forefront of transnational politics.


Saraswathi Vedam ’78

Doctor of Science

Currently the director of the Division of Midwifery at the University of British Columbia, Saraswathi Vedam has spent a lifetime caring for pregnant women and families in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands and India. A charter member and chair of the Home Birth Section of the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) Division of Standards and Practice, she developed the national clinical practice guidelines for the provision of home birth services. In 2003, she was invited as an expert consultant to the Hungarian Ministry of Health to shape national guidelines for midwifery care and home birth.

In 2002, after many years in private practice, Vedam joined the faculty at Yale University to teach nurse-midwifery students. There she developed a full-scope midwifery private practice to offer students their primary experiences with a model of continuity-of-care, out-of-hospital birth and low-intervention care. Nominated by her students, she has twice won the prestigious ACNM Excellence in Teaching Award. Vedam chaired the Yale School of Nursing’s Diversity Action Committee and served as the founding chair of the Coalition for Diversity at Yale, a university-wide interdisciplinary consortium of faculty, staff and students addressing similar issues.

Vedam is author of seminal articles on evidence-based home birth midwifery practice and is co-author of the ACNM’s Home Birth Practice Handbook. On the recommendation of her peers, she was appointed by the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) Board to direct the organization’s research and publications section. In 2007, she was co-host of the first Normal Birth Research conference in North America. A 1978 graduate of Amherst College with a major in English, Vedam went on to obtain a Master of Science degree in nursing and a Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from Yale University in 1984. She is the mother of four daughters, all born at home.

Pace University – 2009 Honorary Degree Citations


Vishakha N. Desai

Doctor of Humane Letters

Vishakha Desai, your distinguished career combines a scholarly passion for Asian art with a commitment to cross-cultural dialogue in many fields, both in and with Asia. As the first woman and first Asian-American to become President and CEO of Asia Society, you are at the forefront of U.S.-Asia relations.

A native of India, you earned your bachelor of arts in political science from Bombay University and your master’s and PhD in Asian art history from the University of Michigan. You have been a curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the museum’s head of public programs and academic affairs. Before becoming Asia Society’s President in 2004, you served as director of its museum, Vice President for Arts and Cultural Programs, and senior vice president.
Under your leadership, Asia Society has significantly enhanced the scope of its activities with new offices in Mumbai, Seoul, Hong Kong and Shanghai. You created a new Center on U.S.-China relation at Asia Society’s headquarters in New york to facilitate better better understanding between both countries.
The first major foreign policy speech Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered took place at Asia Society in New York in February, testifying to the leading role you and the Society play in strengthening America’s ties with Asia. You also have hosted such other important leaders as then-President George W. Bush, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Chinese President Hu Jintao and President Hamid Karzai of Afganistan.
Your honors include a gold medal from the National Institute of Social Sciences and awards from ArtTable, the University of Massachusetts, the City University of New York, and Asian Americans for Equality. Crain’s New York Business magazine has selected you as one of the “100 most powerful women leaders” in New York.

Vishakha Desai, your scholarship and insight into arts and culture, and your leadership in national and global cultural affairs, are profound reflections of Pace University’s highest values and an inspiration to Pace graduates in every field of professional endeavor.


Nicholas M. Donofrio

Doctor of Science

Nicholas M. Donofrio, in 44 years at IBM that culminated in your role as executive vice president for innovation and technology, you have been a major architect of that extraordinary corporation. Your work also has made you an important architect to the entire landscape of information technology, an enterprise that shows no sign of slowing its transformation in the United States of America and across the world.

At the same time, you have been a much-needed model of sharp concern for advancing education and career opportunities for underrepresented minorities and woman, taking personal time each year to visit schools and make clear the benefits of math and science studies and technical careers. Over the last 19 years you help increase

Your expertise and leadership have been acclaimed worldwide, leading to memberships on the Advisory Board of Science and Technology of the Republic of China; the Australian National Information Review; the New York Academy of Sciences; the New York Hall of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences;Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; and the National Academy of Engineering. In 2005 you were appointed by the U.S. Department of Education to serve on the Commission on the Future of Higher Education, a group of industry and university leaders charged with developing a new national strategy for post-secondary education.

Now an IBM Fellow Emeritus, you, Nicholas M. Donofrio, are an outstanding engineer, a visionary technology professional, an innovator, leader and educator in our communities, an inspiration for Pace graduates in every discipline, and a truly brilliant builder for the world.


Heraldo Muñoz

Doctor of Humane Letters

Heraldo Muñoz, at the highest levels of government and scholarship you combine the virtues of political activist and political observer.

Your path to your present post as ambassador and permanent representative of Chili to the United Nations began when you left your birthplace in Santiago to become the first in your family to attend college. You earn a diploma in international relations with honors from the Catholic University of Chile and soon became active in the government of the socialist president Salvador-Allende. You earned your PhD in international political economy at the University of Denver, becoming one of only two students in your class to win internship at the U.S. Congress. The other winner that year, Condoleezza Rice eventually became U.S. Secretary of States.

Since then you have served your country as ambassador to the Organization of American States and to Brazil. among many other accomplishments, as Chile’s deputy minister of foreign relation you were the chief negotiator of the trade agreement between Chile and the European Union.

At the UN, you have served on the Security Council and chaired a special committee on sanction against Al Qaeda, recording your negotiations the reflections in a recent book ,A Solitary War: A Diplomat’s Chronicle of the Iraq War and its Lessons.

Very recently you are named  by the UN Secretary General as chairman of the International inquiry Commission into the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

The most recent of your more than a dozen books was published late last year and is titled The Dictator’s Shadow: Life Under Augusto Pinochet.
Heraldo Muñoz, you have made diplomacy your career and peace building your passion. Your commitment to improving the human condition has been unyielding. Your groundbreaking scholarship, your ongoing advocacy for struggling populations around the globe, and your heroic efforts to achieve sustainable peace with freedom and development make you an inspiration for Pace graduates in all disciplines and endeavors.


Nina Totenberg

Doctor of Laws

Nina Totenberg, you are legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio and also a regular panelist on the weekly, syndicated public affairs television program, Inside Washington. You are one of this country’s most distinguished journalists, and have performed the great public service of helping millions of us better understand the law.

You pursued print journalism in newspapers and magazines before you literally found your voice in radio, joining National Public Radio in 1975.

In 1988 you were the first radio journalist to be awarded the Sol Taishoff Award for broadcaster of the year by The National Press Foundation. The American Bar Association has honored you no fewer than seven times for continued excellence in legal reporting. You won the award that has been called the Pulitzer Prize of broadcasting, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University silver baton for your coverage of Supreme Court nominations.

Perhaps most important, your clear, concise, detailed broadcasts for NPR continue to make complex Supreme Court rulings accessible and understandable to the public.

Not content with broadcasting, you have published articles in media like The New York Times MagazinesI and The Christian Science Monitor. In one of the three articles you have written for The Harvard Law Review (complete with 93 footnotes), you said of the Senators who conducted the Clarence Thomas hearings: they asked “probing but, for the most part, respectful and proper questions, and they new enough to follow up and find out what the nominee really meant in his answer.”

You are, in a word, judicious.


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