Honorary Degree Recipients
Rankine and Fisher-Stewart will receive honorary doctorate degrees during the ceremony, as will:
Alan Lightman Professor of the practice of the humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
An American writer, physicist, and social entrepreneur, Lightman’s research in astrophysics has concerned black holes, relativity theory, radiative processes, and the dynamics of stars. He has written six novels, several collections of essays, a book-length narrative poem, several books on science, and his work has appeared in the Atlantic
, the New Yorker
, The New York Review of Books
, and Salon
Nell Painter Princeton University Edwards Professor of American history emerita
Painter is an artist, educator, and historian who has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Antiquarian Society. Painter earned a doctorate in history from Harvard University and an MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, including the exhibition She Said, She Said: Art and Inspiration in the Work of Nell Painter and Lucille Fornasieri Gold, at the Brooklyn Historical Society in 2014.
Michele Klein-Solomon ’83 Director of the Migration Policy and Research Department at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and permanent observer to the United Nations for IOM
Klein-Solomon received a juris doctor and master of science in foreign service from the Georgetown University Law Center and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Prior to joining IOM, Klein-Solomon was an attorney adviser with the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser.