Tulane to honor writer, philosopher & judge with degrees

NEW ORLEANS - Tulane University will award honorary degrees to best-selling mystery writer Walter Mosley, philosopher and Parliament member Onora O'Neill and renowned jurist Hein Kötz at its spring commencement, the university announced Tuesday.

Commencement ceremonies will be May 16 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The ceremonies will also include keynote speaker Maya Rudolph and performances by Topsy Chapman and Dr. Michael White's Original Liberty Jazz Band, along with confetti cannons and a second-line procession.

Mosley is an author of more than 40 critically acclaimed books. Two of Mosley's works, which include literary fiction, science fiction, political monographs and a young adult novel, have been made into movies: Devil in A Blue Dress and Always Outnumbered.

O'Neill is a philosopher, Parliament member and chair of the United Kingdom's Equality and Human Rights Commission. She was a former principal of Newnham College, Cambridge and former president of the British Academy and the UK National Academy for Humanities and Social Sciences. She has served on the House of Lords Select Committees on Stem Cell Research, BBC Charter Review, Genomic Medicine and Nanotechnology, and Food and Behavioural Change.

Kötz is a former appellate court judge and former director of the Max Planck Institute of Comparative Law and International Private Law. Kötz was also a member of the Federal Commission on the Reform of German Contract Law, president of the International Association of Legal Science, a member of the board of directors for the German Association of Comparative Law and founding dean of Hamburg's Bucerius Law School.

"We are honoring three extraordinary individuals who have made lasting contributions in helping us better understand the world and improve the human condition," Tulane University President Mike Fitts said.


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