Willamette University Announces Honorary Degree Recipients

James Cuno, director of the Harvard University Art Museum, Robert Hirshon, president of the American Bar Association, and Martha Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago Law School, will receive honorary degrees from Willamette University at the May 12 commencement ceremony.

Cuno will receive an honorary doctor of fine arts degree; Hirshon, who will also deliver the commencement address at the College of Law earlier in the day, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree; and Nussbaum will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree and will deliver the commencement address to the graduating class of the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Education.

The Atkinson Graduate School of Management will hold commencement at 10 a.m.; the College of Law at noon; and the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Education at 3 p.m. on the quad in front of Smith Auditorium.

James CunoJames Cuno has been the director of the Harvard Art Museum and a professor of art history and architecture at the school since 1991. He has written and lectured extensively on topics ranging from French art of the 18th and 19th centuries to contemporary American art, as well as on the role of art museums in contemporary American cultural policy.

He serves as a trustee of the Association of Art Museum Directors; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the J. Paul Getty Museum; and on advisory committees to the museums at a number of colleges and universities. He has also served on the Board of the College Art Association and the National Committee for the History of Art. Cuno received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1985. Cuno is a Willamette alumnus from the class of 1973.

Robert HirshonRobert Hirshon graduated from the University of Michigan and the UM School of Law in 1973. He is widely published and has lectured throughout the country on various insurance, banking and civil litigation issues. He was the regional counsel for an asbestos cloth manufacturer and continues to represent various defendants in the asbestos litigation.

Hirshon has represented both the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and was the RTC's lead counsel in Maine and New Hampshire in several major fraud cases brought by the federal government. He is the former president of the Maine State Bar Association (1986), a former president of the Maine Bar Foundation (1990), former chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers Public Service Responsibility (1990-93), and presently represents Maine's lawyers in the ABA's House of Delegates.

He has also taught courses on trial practices and negotiations at the University of Maine School of Law. He specializes in civil litigation, banking and insurance, and regulatory and legislative law.

Martha NussbaumMartha Nussbaum received her B.A. from NYU and her Ph.D. from Harvard. She has taught at Harvard, Brown and Oxford Universities. From 1986-93, Nussbaum was a research advisor at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, a part of the United Nations University, in Helsinki, Finland. She has chaired the Committee on International Cooperation and the Committee on the Status of Women of the American Philosophical Association.

Among her many accomplishments and literary works, she has received the Brandeis Creative Arts Award for Non-fiction in 1990; "Cultivating Humanity" won the Ness Book Award of the Association of American Colleges and Universities in 1998; and "Sex and Social Justice" won the book award of the North American Society for Social Philosophy in 2000. She has received numerous honorary degrees and a distinguished alumni award from NYU. In addition to her professorship at the University of Chicago Law School, Nussbaum is holding an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for Research.

Her work over the years has bridged the disciplines of law, politics, literature, sexual and social politics, and philosophy. She is also seen as a moral philosopher and quintessential humanist.