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LSE awards three honorary doctorates at graduation ceremonies

Professor Rita Giacaman, Professor Marshall Sahlins and Professor Nora Cruz-Quebral received honorary degrees at presentation ceremonies for LSE graduates last week.

Honorary degrees are conferred by LSE on persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the increased understanding, or appreciation of "the causes of things" and their practical application in the social sciences or related fields. Professor Rita Giacaman and Professor Marshall Sahlins each received a Doctor of Science (Social Sciences) on Wednesday 14 December and Professor Nora Cruz-Quebral received a Doctor of Science (Social Sciences) on Thursday 15 December.

Rita Giacaman is a professor of public health at the Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University, West Bank, occupied Palestinian territory.

Rita Giacaman

A founding member of the Institute, she was a researcher and practitioner in the Palestinian social action movement during the 1980s, which led to the development of the Palestinian primary health care model. In the 1990s, she participated in building the Palestinian community based disability rehabilitation network. Since 2000, she has been focusing on the impact of chronic war-like conditions and excessive exposure to violence on the health and well being of Palestinians, with an emphasis on psychosocial health; and the development of measures suitable for assessing health and well-being in conditions of protracted violence. She has published extensively both locally and internationally. Her new co-edited volume Public Health in the Arab World will be published in 2012 by Cambridge University Press.

Anthropologist Professor Marshall Sahlins received his BA in anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1951, an MA from Michigan in 1952, and a PhD  from Columbia University in 1954.

Marshall Sahlins

He has done field and archival work in the Pacific since 1954, with repeated visits to Fiji and Hawaii particularly. Apart from general ethnographic reports, his earlier studies primarily concerned anthropological economics. More recently he has concentrated on the historical analysis of Oceanic and Southeast Asian societies. In all these works, he has accorded special value to the distinctive ways the indigenous cultures have shaped their modes of existence and histories. An emeritus professor of the University of Chicago, Professor Sahlins is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (US), the American Academy of Art and Science, and the British Academy. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Apologies to Thucydides (2004) and The Western Illusion of Human Nature (2008).

Nora Cruz-Quebral is professor emeritus at the College of Development Communication, University of the Philippines (UP) Los Banos.

Nora Cruz-Quebral

She is also an independent consultant in development communication and founding president of the Nora C Quebral Development Communication Centre, Inc. She has a PhD in communications from the University of Illinois, an MS in agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin and a BA in English, magna cum laude, from UP Diliman. Professor Cruz-Quebral has worked or consulted mainly with FAO, UNICEF, IDRC, UNDP, US Academy of Educational Development, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Ryerson International Development Centre, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Agriculture, Nutrition Center of the Philippines, and the Philippine Department of Agriculture. She has received awards from, among others, the Philippine Council for Agricultural Resources Research and Development, and the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre.


19 December 2012