Nominated for a Pultizer Prize by Harvard University Press for his book Russian Art and American Money, Robert Chadwell Williams is a leading authority on Russian history. The Vail Professor of History and Dean of the Faculty Emeritus at Davidson College, Williams currently serves as a lecturer in history at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Prior to his tenure at Davidson, where he helped to make it one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges, Williams also served on the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis and Williams College.
Recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Washington Educational Press Association, Williams also earned a senior fellowship at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. In 1989, he served as a delegate to the first Soviet-American "arts summit" in Moscow. Author of Ruling Russian Eurasia: Khans, Clans, and Tsars, among other books, Williams also recently penned Horace Greeley, Champion of American Freedom. Williams earned his B.A. in mathematics with high distinction in Russian Studies from Wesleyan University followed by his A.M. in Russian Studies and Ph.D. in Russian history, both from Harvard University. He will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters from Wittenberg.
One of the world's leading architects, Shoei Yoh has inspired thousands with his architecture and design for more than 30 years. His signature style blends glass and steel, form and function into contemporary structures known for uniting indoor and outdoor environments. His innovative designs, which promote harmony between nature and humanity, are recognized around the globe.
Winner of multiple awards for his creations, including the IAKS Award for 1993 Gold Medal, Mainichi Design Award, The JIA Awards for Best Young Architects of the Year, and the Japan Interior Designers Association Award, Yoh was also a finalist for the Benedictus Award in 1994. Currently, the owner/representative of Shoei Yoh + Architects in Fukuoka, Japan, Yoh is also the Chairship Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance. In addition, he served as a visiting professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture.
Author of numerous publications, including The Form and Esprit of His World, Ambient Design Matrix and Kataribe Bunko, Yoh graduated from Keio University of Tokyo with a B.A. in economics. He then pursued additional studies in the United States at Wittenberg, where he was influenced by the work of the late professor of art, Ralston Thompson. Yoh will receive an honorary doctor of fine arts at the ceremony.
For more than two decades, Juan Williams has shared his perspective on race, culture and politics on a national scale. The recipient of several awards for his writing and investigative reporting during his career at The Washington Post, Williams continues to be in constant contact with American political leaders from the President to members of Congress and the Supreme Court.
In 2000, NPR selected Williams to host its afternoon talk show, Talk of The Nation, and in two years he brought the show's ratings to record heights. He currently serves as senior correspondent for NPR's Morning Edition, as host of America's Black Forum, a nationally syndicated weekly news program and as a political contributor to Fox News.
In addition, Williams has authored six books, including the 2006 release Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America – and What We Can Do About It. His work has also been featured in such publications as The Atlantic Monthly, Ebony, GQ and The New Republic, and he has appeared on ABC's Nightline, PBS' Washington Week in Review and The Oprah Winfrey Show, among other television programs. Williams earned his B.A. in philosophy from Haverford College. He will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters at Commencement.
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