Michael Ignatieff, who will be presented with an honorary doctor of laws degree May 28, has made human rights and the constancy of human conflict his primary concerns. Now based at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard where he is Professor of Human Rights Policy and Director of the Carr Center of Human Rights Policy, Ignatieff has taught at the University of British Columbia, has been a research fellow at Cambridge, Paris, and Oxford, and has lectured worldwide. He is also a broadcaster, has written for The Globe and Mail, The Observer, and Time Magazine and currently contributes to New York Times Magazine.
Among his publications are Wealth and Virtue: The Shaping of Political Economy in the Scottish Enlightenment; The Needs of Strangers: An Essay on the Philosophy of Human Needs; and the prize-winning book and TV series Blood and Belonging, which together with Virtual War and The Warrior’s Honour formed a trilogy on post-cold war realities. He has also authored three novels: Aysa; Scar Tissue, which was nominated for the Booker Prize in 1993; and The Russia Album, a family memoir for which he won the Governor General’s Award and the 1988 Heinemann Prize of Britain’s Royal Society of Literature. Ignatieff earned a BA in History at the University of Toronto, an MA in History at Harvard and a PhD at Cambridge.
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree May 29. Known for building bridges between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people, Turpel-Lafond is a strong advocate for a more inclusive legal system. In 1998, she became the first treaty Indian and the first aboriginal woman appointed to the Saskatchewan Provincial Court. One of the most highly educated judges in Saskatchewan, Turpel-Lafond holds a BA (Carleton University), LLB (Osgoode Hall Law School), master’s in international law (University of Cambridge), and doctorate of law (Harvard Law School). She also holds a certificate in the international and comparative law of human rights from the University of Strasbourg in France.
Prior to her bench appointment, Turpel-Lafond practised and taught law. Her clients included several First Nations organizations. She taught at Dalhousie University, Osgoode Hall Law School, the University of Toronto, the University of Saskatchewan, and Notre Dame Law School in Indiana. She was the first aboriginal, tenured professor of law in Canada.
Turpel-Lafond has received numerous scholarships, grants and awards, and has authored more than 30 scholarly works that include innovative thinking on self-government and on restorative justice. Time Magazine named her as one of the 100 Global Leaders in 1994, and in 1999 as one of the top 20 Canadian leaders for the 21st century.
Edward Busse, who will receive his honorary doctorate May 30, has been called the pre-eminent cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon in Saskatchewan. A native of Shaunavon and graduate of the University of Saskatchewan (BA, magna cum laude) he returned to Saskatchewan to practise medicine after extensive training at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (MD) and at McGill University in Montreal (MSc).
A member of the medical staff in Regina hospitals since 1969, Busse is also associate clinical professor of surgery at the University of Saskatchewan and an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina. A fellow of a number of professional bodies, including the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology, he has enhanced cardiovascular and thoracic surgical techniques and improved cardiac pacing technology. He has had an active clinical practice, and a busy research agenda, and has 40 years of scholarly publications to his credit.
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