Honorary Degree Recipients

Ted Coons

Award Date:
2016

Ted Coons is Professor of Psychology, Cognition & Perception at the Center for Neural Science at New York University (NYU), arriving there in 1965. He is a pioneer in the field of neuroscience and a major contributor to early studies in neuroaesthetics. As an undergraduate, he studied music composition and theory at Colorado College (B.A., 1951) and then—after a stint in the Air Force—again at Yale University (toward an M.A.).  There, however, he became interested in what impact the temporal form of a composition has on the feelings of an audience. He soon switched his career goals and ultimately received his Ph.D. in what is now known as systems neuroscience.

Ted Coons

Award Date:
2016

Ted Coons is Professor of Psychology, Cognition & Perception at the Center for Neural Science at New York University (NYU), arriving there in 1965. He is a pioneer in the field of neuroscience and a major contributor to early studies in neuroaesthetics. As an undergraduate, he studied music composition and theory at Colorado College (B.A., 1951) and then—after a stint in the Air Force—again at Yale University (toward an M.A.).  There, however, he became interested in what impact the temporal form of a composition has on the feelings of an audience. He soon switched his career goals and ultimately received his Ph.D. in what is now known as systems neuroscience.

Ewa Ziarek

Award Date:
2016

Ewa Ziarek is Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature and Founder and Director of Humanities Institute, SUNY Buffalo, and author of An Ethics of Dissensus.

Ewa Ziarek

Award Date:
2016

Ewa Ziarek is Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature and Founder and Director of Humanities Institute, SUNY Buffalo, and author of An Ethics of Dissensus.

Stephen Greenblatt

Award Date:
2016

Probably best known for his contribution to the development of New Historicism, Stephen Greenblatt is John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University. A world leading Renaissance scholar, he received the Pulitzer Prize for his recently published, The Swerve: How the World Become Modern.

Stephen Greenblatt

Award Date:
2016

Probably best known for his contribution to the development of New Historicism, Stephen Greenblatt is John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University. A world leading Renaissance scholar, he received the Pulitzer Prize for his recently published, The Swerve: How the World Become Modern.

Alfredo Jaar

Award Date:
2015

World-renowned artist, architect and filmmaker. His work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum, New York, the MCA in Chicago, MOCA and LACMA in Los Angeles, the Tate in London, the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris and dozens of other institutions and private collections worldwide.

Alfredo Jaar

Award Date:
2015

World-renowned artist, architect and filmmaker. His work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum, New York, the MCA in Chicago, MOCA and LACMA in Los Angeles, the Tate in London, the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris and dozens of other institutions and private collections worldwide.

Holly Block †

Award Date:
2014

Late curator and critic Holly Block was former Executive Director of The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Among her many innovations and achievements at the Bronx Museum, she guided its management of smARTpower, an international fellowship program for U.S. artists supported by the U.S. Department of State. She is the author of Art Cuba: The New Generation, and the co-commissioner of the United States Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennial, featuring artist Sarah Sze.

Holly Block †

Award Date:
2014

Late curator and critic Holly Block was former Executive Director of The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Among her many innovations and achievements at the Bronx Museum, she guided its management of smARTpower, an international fellowship program for U.S. artists supported by the U.S. Department of State. She is the author of Art Cuba: The New Generation, and the co-commissioner of the United States Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennial, featuring artist Sarah Sze.

Susan Stewart

Award Date:
2013

Susan Stewart is Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities and director of the Society of Fellows, Princeton University. A leading American poet and philosopher, her recent books include The Poet’s Freedom and The Open Studio.

Susan Stewart

Award Date:
2013

Susan Stewart is Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities and director of the Society of Fellows, Princeton University. A leading American poet and philosopher, her recent books include The Poet’s Freedom and The Open Studio.

Mildred Glimcher

Award Date:
2013

Mildred founded the Pace Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston in 1960 while still in college. Since then, Ms. Glimcher has curated exhibitions and written books and articles about “Happenings,” Jean Dubuffet, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Lucas Samaras, and art in post-war Paris, among other subjects. Ms. Glimcher has a BA in art history from Wellesley College and an MA/ABD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. She was the editor of Adventures in Art: 40 Years at Pace, a monumental work documenting all the exhibitions at the Pace Gallery from 1960 to 2000.

Mildred Glimcher

Award Date:
2013

Mildred founded the Pace Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston in 1960 while still in college. Since then, Ms. Glimcher has curated exhibitions and written books and articles about “Happenings,” Jean Dubuffet, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Lucas Samaras, and art in post-war Paris, among other subjects. Ms. Glimcher has a BA in art history from Wellesley College and an MA/ABD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. She was the editor of Adventures in Art: 40 Years at Pace, a monumental work documenting all the exhibitions at the Pace Gallery from 1960 to 2000.

Paul B. Armstrong

Award Date:
2013

Paul Armstrong is former Dean of the College, Brown University, where he is currently Professor of English. Books include Play and the Politics of Reading: The Social Uses of Modernist Form (Cornell UP, 2005) and How Literature Plays with the Brain: The Neuroscience of Reading and Art (Johns Hopkins 2013) and Stories of the Brain: The Neuroscience of Narrative (Johns Hopkins UP, 2020).

Paul B. Armstrong

Award Date:
2013

Paul Armstrong is former Dean of the College, Brown University, where he is currently Professor of English. Books include Play and the Politics of Reading: The Social Uses of Modernist Form (Cornell UP, 2005) and How Literature Plays with the Brain: The Neuroscience of Reading and Art (Johns Hopkins 2013) and Stories of the Brain: The Neuroscience of Narrative (Johns Hopkins UP, 2020).

John Rajchman

Award Date:
2013

John Rajchman is a philosopher and a professor of Art History at Columbia University, where he has taught for the last 25 years. During this period he has taken part in many new critical debates as the art world became increasingly globalized, mediatized and digitalized. His books, writings, and catalogue essays in philosophy, art and architecture have been translated into many languages, and he has taught and lectured in many countries. He received his BA from Yale, and his PhD in philosophy from Columbia University.

John Rajchman

Award Date:
2013

John Rajchman is a philosopher and a professor of Art History at Columbia University, where he has taught for the last 25 years. During this period he has taken part in many new critical debates as the art world became increasingly globalized, mediatized and digitalized. His books, writings, and catalogue essays in philosophy, art and architecture have been translated into many languages, and he has taught and lectured in many countries. He received his BA from Yale, and his PhD in philosophy from Columbia University.

Julie Mehretu

Award Date:
2013

Julie Mehretu is one of the world’s preeminent contemporary artists. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2005.

Julie Mehretu

Award Date:
2013

Julie Mehretu is one of the world’s preeminent contemporary artists. She received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2005.

Eric Kandel

Award Date:
2013

Eric Kandel won the Nobel Prize in physiology in 2003. He is a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. His most recent book is The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain.

Eric Kandel

Award Date:
2013

Eric Kandel won the Nobel Prize in physiology in 2003. He is a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. His most recent book is The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain.

David Driskell †

Award Date:
2013

David Driskell (1931-2020) was a founding member of the IDSVA Visiting Faculty. His inaugural IDSVA lecture was delivered at Spannocchia Castle, Tuscany, in June 2009. His final IDSVA lecture was delivered at Spannocchia Castle in June 2019. The David C. Driskell Fellowship was established in 2010. Dr. Driskell’s message of peace and understanding has inspired countless individuals around the world. In January 2013, David was awarded an IDSVA Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his life service as an artist-philosopher and a world-leading spiritual philanthropist.

David Driskell †

Award Date:
2013

David Driskell (1931-2020) was a founding member of the IDSVA Visiting Faculty. His inaugural IDSVA lecture was delivered at Spannocchia Castle, Tuscany, in June 2009. His final IDSVA lecture was delivered at Spannocchia Castle in June 2019. The David C. Driskell Fellowship was established in 2010. Dr. Driskell’s message of peace and understanding has inspired countless individuals around the world. In January 2013, David was awarded an IDSVA Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his life service as an artist-philosopher and a world-leading spiritual philanthropist.

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