All About Alumni / Spring 2005
Libeskind Receives Honorary Degree

Authors Jack Granatstein and Kenneth Oppel among other recent award-winning grads


Architect Daniel Libeskind and economist Amartya Kumar Sen were recognized with honorary degrees at 
U of T’s fall convocation. Libeskind, master planner for the World Trade Center site in New York, and Sen, 
a Nobel laureate whose work has revolutionized the economics of poverty, received doctors of law. Classical guitarist Liona Boyd (BMus Perf 1972), and theatre director Robert Wilson were also presented with honorary degrees.

Lt.-Col. John McCrae’s name will grace an exhibition gallery in Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum, which opens on May 8. McCrae (BA 1894 UC, MB 1898, MD 1910) served as a surgeon with a brigade of the Canadian Field Artillery in the First World War. In 1915, while waiting to treat casualties, he scribbled down the now famous poem “In Flanders Fields.” The McCrae Gallery will showcase paintings from the museum’s extensive collection of war art.

Historian Jack Granatstein (MA 1962) won the 10th annual Pierre Berton award for achievement in popularizing Canadian history, and Kenneth Oppel (BA 1989 TRIN) picked up the Governor General’s Award for children’s literature for his novel Airborn.


Reader Comments

# 1
Posted by Raven sterner on May 28th, 2009 @ 7:19 am

Didn’t anybody do their research? Daniel Libeskind was fired from the Freedom Tower Project. And he was not commissioned to design any buildings at the Ground Zero site. Daniel continues to misrepresent his role in a process that he is no longer a part of. He is the architect for Toronto’s ugliest building, the “Crystal” on Bloor Street. He is not fit to wash floors at UofT.

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