CEU President and Rector Michael Ignatieff receives an honorary degree by the University of Edinburgh at a ceremony July 3, 2018.
"The Senatus Academicus of this University has resolved to invite you to be admitted to the honorary degree of Doctor of Science in Social Science for your championship of liberal values as an academic, writer, and journalist," wrote Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, in a letter informing Ignatieff of the honor.
Educated at the University of Toronto and Harvard, Ignatieff is a professor of history, former politician, and award-winning writer. He was recently awarded the Zocalo Prize for his most recent book, The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World (2017). He also edited the new volume Rethinking Open Society: New Adversaries and New Opportunities (2018), which brings together the results of a 17-month path-breaking intellectual inquiry by key thinkers and scholars, who came to Central European University to debate the challenges facing the open society and to re-imagine its ideals.
Ignatieff's other major publications include The Needs of Strangers (1984), Scar Tissue (1992), Isaiah Berlin (1998), The Rights Revolution (2000), Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry (2001), The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror (2004), and Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics (2013).