28 OCT 2019

At a time when humanity faces unprecedented challenges that question its future and that of the planet, Sorbonne University reaffirms the need to mobilize the humanist values of knowledge, progress, dialogue and tolerance.

"It is these values—freedom, diversity and openness—that bring us together and that form Sorbonne University," says Jean Chambaz, president of the University.

For this reason, Sorbonne University has chosen to award the title of Doctor honoris causa to seven internationally renowned people whose work illustrates the universalism of science and culture.

Nominated by the researchers of our three faculties and the University's Board of Directors, for their achievements and their commitments, they are now officially part of the Sorbonne University community.

Recipients of Sorbonne University:

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The Doctors honoris causa 2019 © Sorbonne University

From left to right and from top to bottom:

  • Polyxeni Adam-Veleni, Director General of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports
  • Antonella Anedda-Angioy, poet, essayist and lecturer in contemporary literature and poetry at the University of Svizzera italiana
  • Joseph Bergin, Emeritus Professor of Modern History at the University of Manchester
  • Francesca Casadio, Executive Director of Conservation and Science at the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Ronald DeVore, Distinguished Professor at the University of Texas and Robert L. Sumwalt Distinguished Professor Emeritus
  • Nancy Lynch, NEC Professor of Software Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Wilson Savino, Full Professor at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) and Coordinator of Strategies for National Integration of Fiocruz.

The diversity of nationalities—Greek, Italian, British, American and Brazilian—of the seven 2019 recipients echoes one of Sorbonne University's strategic priorities: internationalization and exchanges between countries and continents at the highest level.

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DHC 2019 Ceremony © Sorbonne University

The ceremony was accompanied by the music by the Choir and Orchestra of Sorbonne University. The three days of celebration of these awards includes seven lectures given by the honorary doctors

The title of Doctor honoris causa

Created in 1918, the title of Doctor honoris causa is one of the most prestigious distinctions awarded by the French higher education institutions to honor "people of foreign nationalities because of outstanding services to science, literature or the arts, to France or to the higher education institution that awards the title."