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Dr. Vartan Gregorian and Prof. Peter Mathias Awarded Honorary Degrees

Update:Dec. 12, 2008
President Anzai confers the Honorary Degree of Doctor upon Dr. Gregorian
President Anzai confers the Honorary Degree of Doctor upon Dr. Gregorian
President Anzai confers the Honorary Degree of Doctor upon Prof. Mathias
President Anzai confers the Honorary Degree of Doctor upon Prof. Mathias
Dr. Gregorian delivering a speech
Dr. Gregorian delivering a speech
Prof. Mathias delivering a speech
Prof. Mathias delivering a speech

Photo: Kunihiko Nakamura

A ceremony to confer honorary doctoral degrees upon Dr. Vartan Gregorian and Prof. Peter Mathias was held from 11:00 a.m. on 7 November at the Public Speaking Hall, Mita Campus. The ceremony was chaired by Vice-President Tatsuya Sakamoto.

Following the reading of the citation for Dr. Gregorian by the Dean of the Faculty of Letters, Prof. Akira Haseyama, President Yuichiro Anzai presented the diploma of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa to Dr. Gregorian. The ceremony for Prof. Mathias followed, with the citation being read by Prof. Shuhei Shiozawa, Dean of the Faculty of Economics. President Yuichiro Anzai then presented the diploma of Doctor of Economics, honoris causa to Prof. Mathias. The ceremony concluded with addresses by President Anzai, Dr. Gregorian, and Prof. Mathias.

In his oration, President Anzai also spoke about the history of the Public Speaking Hall, and Dr. Gregorian and Prof. Mathias talked about their relationships with Keio University in their speeches. Many presidents and representatives of Keio University's international partner institutions attended the ceremony.

Dr. Gregorian has held many leadership posts such as President of Brown University and of the New York Public Library. He is a historian specializing in the modern history of Islam in the Middle East, especially in Afghanistan. In 1969, he wrote "The Emergence of Modern Afghanistan," which was a pioneering study of the country at a time when few imagined it would become internationally prominent as a result of the recent revival of Islam. After the terrorist attacks of 11 September, 2001 in New York and Washington, Dr. Gregorian energetically conducted an international educational campaign in an effort to increase understanding of the diversity in the religion, which he wrote about in his book "Islam a Mosaic, Not a Monolith." Dr. Gregorian is currently President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Prof. Mathias is a historian specializing in the economic history of the UK. He has served as Master of Downing College, University of Cambridge, and as Chichele Professor of Economic History at Oxford University, a post highly respected in this field. He has also served as President of the International Economic History Association and of the Economic History Society of UK. He has strong ties with Japan, and served as Crown Prince Naruhito’s academic supervisor during his studies at Oxford University. One of his works, The First Industrial Nation: Economic History of Britain, 1700-1914, Methuen, which was published in 1969, is a milestone in the history of economic development as it provides an overview from an international perspective of how the British economy developed through industrialization from 1700. It was translated into Japanese In 2008, a selection of his lectures and papers were translated by faculty members at Kansai University and published by Koyo Shobo.

Both Dr. Gregorian and Prof. Mathias currently serve as International Advisors to Keio University.