Mystery writer, philosopher and jurist to receive honorary Tulane degrees

March 31, 2015

Arthur Nead
Phone: 504-247-1443

Tulane University will award honorary degrees to bestselling mystery writer Walter Mosley, philosopher and Parliament member Onora O'Neill and internationally renowned jurist Hein Kötz at Commencement 2015, 9 a.m. May 16 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

“We are honoring three extraordinary individuals who have made lasting contributions in helping us better understand the world and improve the human condition,” Tulane President Mike Fitts said.

Mosley, an author of more than 40 critically acclaimed books, will receive a doctorate of humane letters. Two of Mosley’s works, which include literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs and a young adult novel, have been made into the movies, Devil in A Blue Dress and Always Outnumbered. He has won the O. Henry Award, the Anisfield Wolf Award, the NAACP Image Award, the Risktaker Award from the Sundance Institute and a Grammy.

O'Neill, a philosopher, Parliament member and chair of the UK's Equality and Human Rights Commission, will receive a doctorate of laws. O’Neill was a former principal of Newnham College, Cambridge and former president of the British Academy and the UK National Academy for Humanities and Social Sciences. She has served on the House of Lords Select Committees on Stem Cell Research, BBC Charter Review, Genomic Medicine and Nanotechnology, and Food and Behavioural Change.

Kötz, a former appellate court judge and former director of the Max Planck Institute of Comparative Law and International Private Law, will receive a doctorate of laws. Kötz was also a member of the Federal Commission on the Reform of German Contract Law, president of the International Association of Legal Science, a member of the board of directors for the German Association of Comparative Law and founding dean of Hamburg's Bucerius Law School.         

The Tulane Commencement Ceremony will also include keynote speaker Maya Rudolph, an academic procession complete with herald trumpets, performances by Topsy Chapman and Dr. Michael White's Original Liberty Jazz Band, confetti cannons and a second-line procession.



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