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Queen's University
 

 

2012 Honorary Degree Recipients

 

Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, LL.D.   

President Jimmy Carter, LL.D. 

Rosalynn Carter, LL.D. 

Douglas Hargreaves, LL.D.
Jacqueline Maxwell, LL.D. Peter Milliken, LL.D.
Lowell Murray, LL.D. Raymond Price, D. Sc.
David Sinclair, D. Sc.               David Stratas, LL.D.
          Garretson Trudeau, LL.D.                                               Mary Evelyn Tucker, D.D.                                    

 

 

National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo is a Hereditary Chief from the Ahousaht First Nation.  In July 2009, A-in-chut was elected to a three-year mandate as National Chief to the Assembly of First Nations (AFN).

Advancing a vision of supporting and enabling the success of every First Nation on the basis of their rights and responsibilities, National Chief Atleo and the National Executive have taken forward a bold plan of action and engagement with all sectors of Canadian society.  First Nations from across Canada supported A-in-chut in confirming education as a top priority for the Assembly.  Since then, A-in-chut has been a tireless advocate for First Nations by spending time in First Nations in every region of the country, with federal, provincial, and territorial leaders and with national and international audiences.

Previously, A-in-chut served two terms as Regional Chief of the BC AFN.  Committed to the principles of working together through inclusion and respect, he forged the historic Leadership Accord among First Nations leadership in BC in 2005. 

A-in-chut graduated in 2003 with a Masters of Education in Adult Learning and Global Change from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (in partnership with University of British Columbia, University of the Western Cape South Africa, and University of Linkoping Sweden). In 2008, A-in-chut’s commitment to education was recognized in his appointment as Chancellor of Vancouver Island University, becoming BC’s first Indigenous Chancellor.  He received an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree in Education from Ontario’s Nipissing University in June 2010.  In February, 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his advocacy work on behalf of First Nations across Canada.

A-in-chut is supported by and gains strength from his partner of 25 years Nancy and their two adult children, Tyson and Tara. Traditional teachings have guided A-in-chut to serve First Nations as a leader, facilitator, mediator, planner and teacher.

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President Jimmy Carter, LL.D and Rosalynn Carter, LL.D
 

Jimmy Carter (James Earl Carter Jr.), 39th President of the United States, was born October 1, 1924, in the small farming town of Plains, Georgia, and grew up in the nearby community of Archery. He was educated in the public school of Plains, attended Georgia Southwestern College and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1946, the same year he married Rosalynn Smith, also of Plains. In the Navy, he became a submariner, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets and rising to the rank of lieutenant.

 

When his father died in 1953, he resigned his naval commission and returned with Rosalynn and his family to Georgia, running the Carter farms and becoming involved in his county and state—serving in the Georgia Senate for two terms and as Governor from 1971 to 1975.

 

Jimmy Carter was elected President of the United States on November 2, 1976 and served as President from January 20, 1977, to January 20, 1981. Significant foreign policy accomplishments of his administration included the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the treaty of peace between Egypt and Israel, the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union, and the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. On the domestic side, the administration's achievements included a comprehensive energy program conducted by a new Department of Energy; deregulation in energy, transportation, communications, and finance; major educational programs under a new Department of Education; and major environmental protection legislation, including the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act.

 

Rosalynn Carter, a graduate of Georgia Southwestern College in 1946, has made a lifelong commitment to address issues affecting women and children. She is an advocate for mental health, caregiving, early childhood immunization, human rights, and conflict resolution. Mrs. Carter emerged as a driving force for mental health in the United States when, during the Carter administration, she became active honorary chair of the President's Commission on Mental Health and led the successful effort to pass the Mental Health Systems Act of 1980.  Today, she serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) at Georgia Southwestern State University, her alma mater. She served as distinguished centennial lecturer at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, from 1988-1992 and is currently a distinguished fellow at the Emory University Department of Women's Studies in Atlanta.

In 1982, in partnership with Emory University, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter co-founded The Carter Center, a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization, for which they both continue to provide active leadership. For thirty years, the Center has been guided by “a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health” both in the United States and around the world.

 

The Center has led the fight against Guinea worm disease, reducing the number of cases from an estimated 3.5 million cases in 1986 to 521 as of October 2012.  It is on track to be the first disease since smallpox to be eradicated. The Center also has sent observers to 92 elections in 37 countries to help establish and strengthen democracy, and has taught farming methods that have helped more than 8 million small-scale farmers in 15 African nations to double or triple grain production.

 

Additionally, the Carters have been active advocates for Habitat for Humanity, joining with legions of other volunteers to helping hundreds of thousands of families in need feel the joy of home ownership. They have carried this commitment further in the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project — a campaign that, since 1984, has built and restored homes, as well as raised awareness of the world’s critical need for affordable housing.

 

Together, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter have written over 30 books on topics ranging from the state of American politics and democracy, to peace and human rights at home and abroad, to caregiving for those in need both in the family and in the community. For their uncompromising commitment to advancing the dignity of all peoples at home and around the world, they have received countless international awards and commendations, including, for President Carter, the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2002.

 

Never forgetting their roots, the Carters both have served as deacons in the Maranatha Baptist Church of Plains, Georgia.  In their spare time, they enjoy fly-fishing, bird-watching, and swimming. Most importantly, they enjoy time with their family—three sons, one daughter, nine grandsons, three granddaughters, two great-grandsons, and five great-granddaughters.

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Douglas Hargreaves, LL.D

John Walter Douglas (Doug) Hargreaves is a graduate of Queen’s University (B.A. 1960) and Dalhousie University (M.Sc.1975).  He served in the Canadian Air Force from 1956 to 1972 as a pilot, instructor, administrator, and coach of both football and basketball.  After graduating from Queen’s, he was employed as a high school teacher and coach of both football and basketball, a television weatherman, an insurance salesman, and as a university administrator, associate professor, and coach.

 

Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Doug came to Queen’s in the early 1950’s as an Officer Cadet in the University Reserve Training Program.  During his university years, Doug played both varsity football and basketball and met his future wife, Norma, who was a Queen’s student before completing Kingston General Hospital’s School of Nursing program.  They raised three daughters and now have four grandsons.  In the years following, Doug taught high school and coached various high school sports in Sault Ste. Marie, before re-enlisting with the Canadian Air Force.

 

While with the Air Force, Doug coached football and basketball at the Royal Military College from 1965 to 1970.  In 1971 while stationed at Trenton, Frank Tindall asked him to join his Queen’s staff as an assistant.  In 1972, Doug left the military to become Dalhousie’s Athletic Director and head football coach.  In 1976, he returned to Queen’s as head football coach and to teach in the School of Physical Education.

 

Doug led the Golden Gaels to 16 consecutive league semi-final appearances and made 13 league championship appearances, winning nine of those title games, posting 2 undefeated seasons.  While head coach, the Gaels won three national semi-final games and won the National Championship title twice.  Doug earned league “Coach of the Year” honours five times while at Queen’s.  In 1983, he was awarded the Frank Tindall Award as the top intercollegiate head coach in Canada.  Since 1995, the Most Outstanding Offensive Player at Queen’s has been awarded the Doug Hargreaves Trophy.  Doug is a member of the Queen’s Coaches’ Hall of Fame, the Queen’s Football Hall of Fame, and the Kingston Sports Hall of Fame.

 

His overall record of 128 wins, 103 losses, and 3 ties spans a career from the Royal Military College, Dalhousie, and Queen’s.  In 1994 he retired, having coached the most football games (233) up to that time in the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union.

 

Doug served on the CIAU Rules Committee for 10 years, was a member of Football Canada’s Working Committee (creating the Coaching Technical Certification program for Canada), and pioneered the exporting of the Canadian game to various European countries.  He was instrumental in the forming of the Queen’s Football Club and the catalyst behind the Queen’s Football Hall of Fame.

 

During his spare time, Doug enjoys downhill skiing, sailing, and building and flying scale radio-controlled aircraft.

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Jacqueline Maxwell, LL.D
 

Born and educated in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Jacqueline Maxwell studied Drama at the University of Manchester. She acted in both Ireland and England before coming to Canada in 1978. Throughout her long and varied career in Canada, Ms. Maxwell has worked extensively as a freelance director and been instrumental in programme creation at many theatre companies. She first worked in Canada for the National Arts Centre as Assistant, then Associate Director, where she set up and ran both an Apprentice Training and New Play Development Programme.  In 1982 she headed to Toronto to become Associate Director at Factory Theatre, where she later became Artistic Director (1986 to 1994).  While at Factory, Ms. Maxwell created, developed, and produced works by some of Canada’s most respected and vital playwrights such as George Walker, Michel Marc Bouchard, Sharon Pollock, Ann-Marie MacDonald, and Michel Garneau.  She also held the position of Head of New Play Development at the Charlottetown Festival (1997 to 2000) where she created a new program to foster new main stage Canadian musicals.

 

Of her many productions in theatres across Canada, Ms. Maxwell’s selected credits include The Weir and Dancing at Lughnasa for Canadian Stage Company; Elisa’s Skin, Motel Hélène, The Four Lives of Marie and The Memory of Water (later remounted for Mirvish Productions at the Elgin/Winter Garden) for Tarragon Theatre; Emily and Johnny Belinda for the Charlottetown Festival; The Orphan Muses and Past Perfect for Montreal’s Centaur Theatre; Susannah for Opera Ontario; Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) for London’s The Grand Theatre; A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Young People’s Theatre; Doc for Manitoba Theatre Centre; and among many for Factory Theatre, Zadie’s Shoes(also remounted for Mirvish Productions at the Elgin/Winter Garden), Stone and Ashes, Still Alive, Girls in the Gang (for which she received a Dora Award for Best Direction) and Moo. In 2008 she directed Conor McPherson’s Dublin Carol for Pittsburgh Irish Classical Theatre and in the winter of 2012 she will direct Good People by David Lindsay Abaire for Arena Stage, Washington.

 

Ms. Maxwell has been dramaturge and teacher for such institutions as Queen’s University, the Banff Centre for the Arts, York University, George Brown College, and the National Theatre School in Montreal.  For eight years she was Guest Artist/Lecturer at the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama at the University of Toronto.  In October 2005, Ms. Maxwell was the recipient of the National Theatre School’s prestigious Gascon-Thomas Award; in June 2007, she was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities from the University of Windsor and, in 2008, she was awarded the Herbert Whittaker/Drama Bench Award, all in recognition of her exceptional achievements in Canadian theatre.

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Peter Milliken, LL.D 

Peter Andrew Stewart Milliken was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario. He was educated at Queen’s, Oxford, and Dalhousie Universities. In 1973, he was called to the bar of Ontario and enrolled as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ontario. Mr. Milliken was a partner in a Kingston law firm of Cunningham, Swan, Carty, Little & Bonham from 1973 until 1988 before his election to Parliament. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1988 as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands and served until May, 2011.

 

He has held several positions including, in opposition, Party Critic for Election Reform and Associate Critic for Seniors, Assistant Party House Leader (House Business), Vice-Chairman of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform and Member of the Standing Committee on House Management. In government, Mr. Milliken has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Government House Leader, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs and Co-Chair of the Special Joint Committee on a Code of Conduct.

 

In 1996, he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Committees of the Whole House and in 1997, Deputy Speaker of the House and Chairman of the Committees of the Whole House. On January 29th, 2001, he was elected 34th Speaker of the House of Commons. He was also the Chair of the Board of Internal Economy. On October 12, 2009, he became the longest serving Speaker of the House of Commons in Canadian history. His Speakership was notable for the number of tie-breaking votes he was required to make as well as for making several historic rulings.

 

In 1997, he was awarded the Padre Laverty Award from the Queen’s University Alumni Association in Kingston where he resides. In November, 1999, he was awarded the Agnes Benidickson Award from the Ottawa Branch of the Queen’s University Alumni Association.

 

In May 2001, he received an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the State University New York at Potsdam, and on June 13, 2003, was appointed Honorary President of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada – Hamilton Branch. On July 19th, 2003, Mr. Milliken was named Honorary Commander of the Fort Henry Guard.

 

In June 2011, Peter Milliken joined Queen's University as a Teaching and Research Fellow at the School of Policy Studies.

 

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Lowell Murray, LL.D.

In September 2011, Mr. Murray retired from the Senate of Canada as its dean, having served in the Upper House as a Progressive Conservative for 32 years following his 1979 appointment by the Right Hon. Joe Clark.  He became a Privy Councillor in 1986 and was for more than seven years a minister in the governments of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and of his successor, the Right Hon. Kim Campbell.  He was Leader of the Government in the Senate (1986-93), Minister of Federal-Provincial Relations (1986-91), Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (1987-88), and Acting Minister of Communications (1989).  

 

A key figure in most of the major government initiatives of the period, Senator Murray was responsible for the constitutional negotiations related to the Meech Lake Accord (1987), a leading participant in the federal-provincial-aboriginal constitutional process of 1986-87, and was in the cabinet and caucus process that drafted the 1988 amendments to Canada’s Official Languages Act.

 

As a Senator, he served from time to time as Chairman of three committees – Banking, National Finance, and Social Affairs, and as co-chairman (1980-84) of the Joint Senate-Commons committee on Official Languages.  He has been a strong advocate for better parliamentary control of government spending, urging Senate and House to reclaim their traditional prerogatives.  In recent years he was generally acknowledged as the pre-eminent Senate spokesman on federal-provincial fiscal relations.

 

His appointment to the Senate in 1979 was the culmination of almost 20 years in Canadian politics and government.  During the 1960s and 1970s, Mr. Murray had served as political assistant to ministers in the Diefenbaker government (Justice Minister E.D. Fulton, Sen. Wallace McCutcheon), to Progressive Conservative leader Robert L. Stanfield, as Deputy Minister to New Brunswick Premier Richard Hatfield, and as National Campaign Chairman of the P.C. Party.

 

Senator Murray has been a Trustee of the Institute for Research in Public Policy, a member of the Trilateral Commission, and a member of the Council of the Federation’s expert panel on Fiscal Imbalance (2004-06).  Born in New Waterford, N.S., he is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University (B.A., Hon. LL.D) and of Queen’s (MPA).

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Raymond Price, D.Sc.

Raymond Alexander Price came to Queen’s University in 1968 from the Geological Survey of Canada.  He has been Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering since 1998, but has remained active in research. His research in structural geology and tectonics is focused on the evolution of the continental lithosphere, particularly in the Canadian Cordillera and other modern orogenic belts. His extensive geological mapping for the Geological Survey of Canada in the southern Canadian Rocky Mountains has provided the basis for new insights on the structure and tectonic evolution of the Cordilleran foreland thrust and fold belt in Canada, and of its implications for the tectonic evolution of the rest of the Canadian Cordillera, and for other thrust and fold belts worldwide.  Prof. Price’s other research interests include: the role of science in public policy development, nuclear fuel waste management, earth system science, and the human dimensions of global change.

 

Dr. Price recently was Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Sudbury Neutrino Institute, Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Earth Systems Evolution Program of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research, and a Member of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources of the U.S. National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences.  He also was Chair of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency Scientific Review Group that evaluated the scientific and engineering aspects of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited’s proposed concept for the disposal of Canada’s Nuclear Fuel Waste, a Member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Global Change Program, and a Member of the Commission on Geosciences, Environment and Resources of the U.S. National Research Council.

 

Dr. Price graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1955 with a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology, and in 1958 he received a Ph.D. in Geology from Princeton University.  From 1958 to 1968 he was a member of the Petroleum Geology Section of the Geological Survey of Canada and was engaged in geological mapping and structural and tectonic studies in the Cordillera of western Canada.  He then moved to Queen’s University where he was Head of the Department of Geological Sciences from 1972 to 1977, and a Killam Research Fellow from 1978 to 1980.  Between 1981 and 1988 Dr. Price was the Director-General of the Geological Survey of Canada and an Assistant Deputy Minister in the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources in Ottawa.  He was President of the International Lithosphere Program from 1980 to 1985, and President of the Geological Society of America in 1989-90.

 

Prof. Price is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an Honorary Foreign Fellow of the European Union of Geosciences.  He received the R.J.W. Douglas Medal from the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists in 1984, the Sir William Logan Medal of the Geological Association of Canada in 1985, the Leopold von Buch medal from the Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft in 1988, and the Major Edward Coke Medal from the Geological Society of London in 1989, the Massey Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in 2010, and he was made an Officer in L’Ordre des Palmes Academique of France in 1988.  He was awarded the degree D.Sc. (honoris causa) by Carleton University in Ottawa and the Memorial University of Newfoundland; and the degree LL.D. (honoris causa) by the University of Calgary. He has been selected to receive the Penrose Medal of the Geological Society of America in November 2012.

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David Sinclair, D.Sc.

Dr. David Sinclair was born in 1946 in Montreal.  He completed both his Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics and his Ph.D at Queen’s University.

 

After a postdoctoral year at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Dr. Sinclair moved to Oxford where he became a University Lecturer in Physics and Tutorial Fellow of St Anne’s College.   His research focused on properties of reactions between complex nuclei involving the direct transfer of clusters of nucleons.   The ultimate aim was to understand the degree to which clusters form within the nucleus. In addition to the nuclear physics studies, he looked at some applications of nuclear techniques including the design of a system eventually used for dating the Turin Shroud.  

 

Dr. Sinclair then turned his attention to the study of solar neutrinos and returned to Canada in 1989 to work on the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO).  Although he provided much of the conceptual design for the project, his main contribution was to develop techniques that allowed radium to be measured in water at a level about one million times lower than had been achieved previously.  This huge improvement was essential for the success of the experiment.

 

Dr. Sinclair went on from SNO to lead the development of SNOLAB, an international laboratory for the study of astro-particle physics.  His research activities now focus on searching for a nuclear decay process that, if it exists, may help to elucidate further the properties of the elusive neutrino and possibly shed light on some of the mysteries surrounding the origin of the universe.

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David Stratas, LL.D 

Justice David Stratas attended elementary and high school in Scarborough, Ontario.  In 1984, he obtained his LL.B. from Queen’s University.  From 1984-1986, he attended Balliol College, Oxford University, obtaining his B.C.L. with first class standing.  He then served as a law clerk to the Honourable Justice Bertha Wilson, the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court of Canada.

 

Justice Stratas practised law in Toronto from 1988 to 2010, primarily in the areas of administrative and constitutional law.  During that time, he acted as counsel in many high profile matters in all courts, including 12 appeals in the Supreme Court of Canada.

 

While practising law, Justice Stratas earned a reputation as one of the best counsel in Canada.  The Chambers Global Guide described him as a “tremendously hard worker,” “meticulously prepared” and “a creative force,” with “ideas you’d never think of.”  The annual Lexpert Survey consistently rated him as “repeatedly recommended” by other counsel.  Up until his appointment to the judiciary, he appeared in every edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada.

 

In 2008, Justice Stratas was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of a select number of Canadian counsel to receive that honour.  In that same year, the federal Minister of Justice appointed him to the roster of Special Advocates who, upon court appointment, act independently of government to protect the interests of persons facing allegations in closed national security proceedings.

 

In 2010, Justice Stratas was appointed directly to the Federal Court of Appeal.  That Court, based in Ottawa, is the world’s most itinerant appellate court, holding hearings in eighteen major Canadian cities.  It reviews decisions of the Federal Court, the Tax Court of Canada, and over 2,500 federal boards, tribunals, and other decision-makers.  It issues judgments in constitutional, administrative and regulatory law, intellectual property law, tax law, immigration law, national security law, and human rights law, to name a few.

 

From 1994 to 2012, Justice Stratas was a sessional lecturer at Queen’s University’s Faculty of Law, winning a total of eight teaching awards.  He has received other awards for his contributions to mentoring and the administrative law and regulatory community.  Ever keen to educate, he has spoken at over 100 conferences and has authored approximately 120 articles, papers and commentaries, primarily in the areas of constitutional, administrative, and regulatory law.

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Garretson Trudeau, LL.D 

Garry Trudeau was born in New York City in 1948, and was raised in Saranac Lake, New York.  He attended Yale University, where he received his B.A. and an M.F.A. in graphic design.

 

Doonesbury was launched in 1970. It now appears in nearly 1,100 daily and Sunday newspaper around the world, and his work has been collected in over 60 books.  In 1975, Trudeau became the first comic strip artist ever to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.  He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1989, 2004 and 2005.

 

Working with John and Faith Hubley, Trudeau wrote and co-directed the animated film, A Doonesbury Special, for NBC-TV in 1977.  The film was nominated for an Academy Award and received the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

Collaborating with composer Elizabeth Swados, Trudeau wrote the book and lyrics for the Broadway musical, Doonesbury, for which he was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards. A cast album of the show, recorded for MCA, received a Grammy nomination. Trudeau also collaborated with Swados on Rap Master Ronnie, an Off-Broadway satirical revue. A filmed version was later broadcast on Cinemax.

 

In 1988, Trudeau wrote and co-produced, along with director Robert Altman, HBO's critically acclaimed Tanner '88, which won an Emmy, the gold medal for Best Television Series at the Cannes Television Festival, and Best Imported Program from the British Broadcasting Press Guild. In 2004, he reunited with Altman to write and co-produce a sequel series, “Tanner on Tanner”, for the Sundance Channel.

 

Trudeau has contributed articles to publications such as Harper's, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, The New Yorker, New York, and The Washington Post.  He was a contributing columnist for The New York Times op-ed page, and later an essayist for Time magazine. He has received honorary doctorates from Yale, Williams, University College Dublin and 28 other academic institutions, and has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

 

In recognition of his work on wounded warriors, Trudeau has been presented with the Commander’s Award for Public Service by the Department of Army, the Commander’s Award from Disabled American Veterans, the President’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from Vietnam Veterans of America, and several other awards.

 

Trudeau is married to broadcaster Jane Pauley. They have three grown children and make their home in New York City.

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Mary Evelyn Tucker, D.D.

Mary Evelyn Tucker is a Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University, where she has appointments in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies as well as the Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies.  She teaches in the joint Master of Arts program in religion and ecology and directs the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale with her husband, John Grim.

 

Her special area of study is Asian religions. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in Japanese Confucianism. Since 1997, she has been a Research Associate at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard. Her Confucian publications include: Moral and Spiritual Cultivation in Japanese Neo-Confucianism (SUNY, 1989) and The Philosophy of Qi (Columbia University Press, 2007). With Tu Weiming, she edited two volumes on Confucian Spirituality (Crossroad, 2003, 2004).

 

 

Her concern for the growing environmental crisis, especially in Asia, led her to organize with John Grim a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard (1995-1998).Together they are series editors for the ten volumes from the conferences distributed by Harvard University Press. After the conference series, she and Grim founded the Forum on Religion and Ecology.  To help shape this new interdisciplinary field they edited Worldviews and Ecology (Orbis, 1994) and a Daedalus volume titled Religion and Ecology: Can the Climate Change? (2001). Tucker also wrote: Worldly Wonder: Religions Enter Their Ecological Phase (Open Court Press, 2003).

 

Tucker and Grim studied world religions with Thomas Berry and worked closely with him for some 30 years. Tucker edited several of Berry's books: The Great Work (Random House, 1999), Evening Thoughts (Sierra Club Books and University of California Press, 2006), The Sacred Universe (Columbia University Press, 2009), and with Grim, The Christian Future and the Fate of Earth (Orbis, 2009).

 

She has also worked closely with evolutionary philosopher, Brian Swimme, for some 25 years. Together they have created a multi-media project called Journey of the Universe which consists of an HD film, a DVD series of interviews, a book published by Yale University Press, and a website.

 

Tucker has been involved with the Earth Charter since its inception. She served on the International Earth Charter Drafting Committee from 1997-2000 and is a member of the Earth Charter International Council.

 

She also serves on the Advisory Boards of Orion Magazine, the Garrison Institute, and Climate Central.

 

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