Press Release: Commencement

for Immediate release:

Social Psychologist Michelle Fine to Speak at 2011 Graduate Center Commencement

Honorary Degrees to Ina Caro, Robert A. Caro, & John Harrison Streicker

Time and Place:

May 27, 11 a.m., Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza (Columbus Avenue & 65th Street), Manhattan. Attendance is by invitation only.


Michelle Fine, Distinguished Professor of Social Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Urban Education at the Graduate Center.

Honorary Degrees:  
Doctor of Humane Letters
to Ina Caro, author, historian, scholar, and expert researcher for the biographer Robert Caro, her husband.

Doctor of Humane Letters to Robert A. Caro, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer for his monumental studies of Robert Moses and President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Doctor of Humane Letters to John Harrison Streicker, Graduate Center Foundation Board member, instrumental in developing a new residential facility for students and faculty.

Student Speaker:

Andrew David Newman,
Ph.D. in Anthropology


490 Doctorates and 89 Master's degrees to be awarded.
(See below for further background on participants.)

Participant Biographies:

Michelle Fine -- Commencement Speaker

Michelle Fine is Distinguished Professor of Social Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Urban Education at the Graduate Center. Her research, developed through critical feminist theory and method, focuses on youth in schools, communities, and prisons. Fine is a founding member of the Graduate Center Participatory Action Research Collective. Before coming to the Graduate Center in 1990, she taught at the University of Pennsylvania for over a decade. Her many books include Revolutionizing Education: Youth Participatory Action Research in Motion (with J. Cammorata, 2008); Muslim American Youth: Understanding Hyphenated Identities through Multiple Methods (with S. Sirin, 2008); and Beyond Silenced Voices: Class, Race, and Gender in United States Schools (with L. Weis, 2005, winner of the Critics Choice Award of the American Educational Studies Association).

Ina Caro -- Doctor of Humane Letters
Ina Caro is an author, historian and scholar, an authority on medieval and modern France, and an expert researcher for the biographer Robert Caro, her husband. Mrs. Caro was “the whole team” on all four of his books, “the only person I would ever trust” to do his research, Mr. Caro said. Separately, Mrs. Caro wrote the best-selling The Road from the Past: Traveling through History in France, about which Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. said, “For all who love France and its history, The Road from the Past is the essential traveling companion.” Her new book Paris to the Past: Traveling through French History by Train is forthcoming from W. W. Norton & Company in June 2011. "I'd rather go to France with Ina Caro than with Henry Adams or Henry James,” wrote Peter Prescott of Newsweek.

Robert A. Caro -- Doctor of Humane Letters
Robert A. Caro, preeminent biographer of urban planner Robert Moses and President Lyndon B. Johnson, has twice been awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Caro’s biography of Moses, The Power Broker (1974), was acclaimed for its extensive research as well as its literary style. David Halberstam called it “surely, the greatest book ever written about a city,” and Modern Library chose it as one of the 100 greatest nonfiction books of the 20th century. His multivolume The Years of Lyndon Johnson includes The Path to Power (1982), Means of Ascent (1990), and President of the Senate (2002); he is at work on a fourth and final volume, an examination of Johnson’s years in the White House. Mr. Caro’s many honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award (twice), the National Book Award, the Francis Parkman Prize, and the National Humanities Medal, which he received from President Obama in 2010.

John Harrison Streicker -- Doctor of Humane Letters
John Harrison Streicker is president and CEO of New York City-based Sentinel Real Estate, which manages over $5 billion in real estate assets, both domestic and international. He is a former chairman of Community Board 5 in midtown Manhattan and serves on the boards of a number of organizations, including the Graduate Center’s Foundation Board. At the Graduate Center, Streicker has worked tirelessly to develop a residential facility for students and faculty members, the Graduate Center Apartments (to open in fall 2011). In Washington, he served on the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board from 2001 to 2005. Streicker has also taught at the Yale School of Organization and Management and served on the boards of the Yale Law School Fund, New York’s Temple Emanu-El, and the Australia Wildlife Foundation.

Submitted on: MAY 1, 2011

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