Honorary Degree Recipients
Click on the recipient's picture for his/her profile.
The University of Pennsylvania will award six honorary degrees at its
244th Commencement, on Monday, May 22, at Franklin Field.
In addition to Seamus Heaney, poet, critic and translator, whose
selection was announced by President Judith Rodin in Almanac
March 28, the recipients and the degrees they will receive are:
- John N. Bahcall, Ph.D., Richard Black Professor of Natural Sciences
at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton; Doctor of Science.
- Mary Douglas, D.Phil., retired professor of social anthropology,
London University; Doctor of Humane Letters.
- Ronald Dworkin, LL.B., Quain Professor of Jurisprudence at University
College London and Sommer Professor of Law and Philosophy at NYU; Doctor
- Wynton Marsalis, Pulitzer Prize winning jazz artist, composer,
and educator; Doctor of Music.
- The Honorable Edward G. Rendell, C'65, former mayor of Philadelphia;
Doctor of Laws.
For the recipients' profiles, click their pictures (above)
or click here.
SAS 2000 Dean's Forum: John Updike
John Updike, world renowned novelist, poet, essayist and literary critic
will be reading from his most recent novel, Gertrude and Claudius,
an imagined prequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet, on April 13, at 4:30
p.m., Room 17 Logan Hall.
John Updike is the great contemporary chronicler of the American middle
class. He is the master of four genres: novel, short story, poetry and essay.
In each, he deploys his exquisitely lyrical style and remarkable intellectual
engagement with America's moral and spiritual problems to probe the inner
lives of families and the mundane concerns of husband, wife, children, home
and job. The author of numerous best-selling books, his popular reputation
rests primarily on his work as a novelist. In his celebrated tetralogy about
Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom, he created one of the immortal characters
of American literature.
John Updike was born in 1932 in Shillington, PA. He was an English major
at Harvard and editor of the Lampoon. The New Yorker published
his first professional story in 1954 and continues to regularly publish
his poems, stories, essays and reviews. In his most recent novel, Gertrude
and Claudius, Updike takes everything he has learned about modern familial
dysfunction and masterfully applies it to Elsinore Castle. "The book,"
says Richard Eder of The New York Times, "illuminates questions
about Shakespeare, about what a classic means and also the unexplored hills
and forests that lie on either side of the path art pushes through them."
The SAS Dean's Forum offers the University community and the general
public the opportunity to meet with leading intellectual figures that exemplify
the liberal arts tradition. The Dean's Forum also recognizes outstanding
undergraduate and graduate students in the arts and sciences for their academic
performance and intellectual promise.
This program is free and open to the University community and the general
public. For more information, contact Carrie Stavrakos at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (215) 898-5262.
In addition, today, Dr. Daniel Traister, curator of Research Services
of the Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library, will give a talk, U&S:
Updike Reads Shakespeare, at 4 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.
In Graduate Rankings, Some Move Up, Some Hold Steady
The annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of "America's
Best Graduate Schools" in the magazine's April 10 issue show that four
of Penn's schools moved up in the standings including two that showed dramatic
improvement--Social Work and Graduate School of Education (last year's rankings
are in parentheses).
- #2 School of Veterinary Medicine (#3)
- #11 School of Social Work (#18)
- #11 Graduate School of Education (#20)
- #33 School of Engineering and Applied Science (#35)
Three schools at Penn retained their position:
- #2 School of Medicine
- #2 Nursing
- #12 Law School
U.S. News does not rank all schools all years. Nor does it rank
Arts and Sciences as a unit, but gives selected individual disciplines.
Among the six departments of SAS that the magazine does rank, five at Penn
made the top twenty:
- #9 Economics and Psychology
- #11 English
- #12 History and Sociology
GSFA's department of Architecture ranked #9.
U.S. News began ranking graduate programs in 1987. The magazine's
rankings are reportedly based on a combination of objective and reputational
Wharton is ranked #3 (#2) but in the specialty programs Finance was ranked
#1. In the specialties of the MBA programs Wharton placed in the top ten
- #1 Finance
- #2 Marketing, and Entrepreneurship
- #3 International Business
- #4 Quantitative Analysis
- #5 Accounting, General Management
- #7 Production/Operations Management, and
- #8 Management Information Systems and in Nonprofit Organizations.
In addition, the Executive MBA Programs ranked #2.
In the School of Nursing specialties that ranked in the top ten are:
- #1 Nurse Practitioner-Adult, and in Gerontological Specialties
- #2 Nursing Service, Administration Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult/Medical-Surgical,
and Psychiatric/Mental Health specialties
- #4 Nurse Practitioner in Family, and Pediatric specialties
Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 27, April 4, 2000
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