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Academy President Leslie Berlowitz Receives Honorary Degree


Press Release

BOSTON – Leslie Berlowitz, President and the William T. Golden Chair of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, was recognized with an honorary doctorate of humane letters by Northeastern University today.

In announcing the honorary degree, Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun called Berlowitz “a strategic thinker about issues that affect higher education” and cited her national leadership on humanities scholarship and policy.

Berlowitz joined the American Academy in 1996 as Chief Executive Officer and was named the organization’s 45th President in 2010. A former Vice President of New York University, she has served as an advisor to the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation of Yaddo, the National Humanities Alliance, among other institutions. She is the co-author or editor of several publications, including America in Theory (Oxford University Press, 1988) with Denis Donoghue and Louis Menand and Restoring Trust in American Business (MIT Press, 2005) with Jay W. Lorsch and Andy Zelleke.

Berlowitz was one of seven individuals honored by the University during its 2011 commencement ceremonies in Boston. Other honorary degree recipients were: Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President of the Global Development Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Rev. Gregory G. Groover Sr., Chair of the Boston School Committee and pastor of the Historic Charles Street A.M.E. Church; Bert and John Jacobs, cofounders of Life is Good Company; Rashida Manjoo, Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women at the United Nations Human Rights Council; and Henri A. Termeer, former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Genzyme Corporation.


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