Three honorary doctorates at Dies Natalis 2015

Leiden University will confer honorary doctorates on William Christie, Peter J. Katzenstein and Lilian Gonçalves-Ho Kang You on 9th February 2015. The doctorates will be awarded during the celebration of the 440th anniversary of the foundation of the University.


William Christie

William Christie

William Christie

William Christie is being awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his contribution to cultural research and education. He is a harpsichordist, musicologist and lecturer. Thanks to his pioneering work, there has been a revival of interest in French baroque music from the 17th and 18th centuries. 

Christie was born in the United States, but has lived for over 40 years in France and has taken French nationality. In 1979 he founded Les Arts Florissants, a vocal and musical ensemble whose repertoire includes neglected and forgotten works. Christie enjoys a reputation as an expert on and interpreter of French baroque music but that does not prevent him from exploring the rest of the European repertoire. He has over 70 recordings to his name. 

Christie is frequently invited to be guest director for eminent symphony orchestras and at opera festivals. He is particularly interested in the development of young musicians. He has taught as such institutions as the Paris Conservatoire, and often gives master classes.


Peter J. Katzenstein

Peter J. Katzenstein

Peter J. Katzenstein

Peter J. Katzenstein will receive an honorary doctorate for his contribution to education and research. He is one of the most influential scientists in the field of comparative political economics and international relations. He has written and collaborated on more than forty books, and has over a hundred articles to his name. He is the recipient of many prizes, including the Woodrow Wilson Prize in 1986.

Katzenstein has written pioneering publications on such subjects as the importance of state structures and about his admiration for the openness, flexibility and democratic systems of small European states. In his later work he deals with international relations and international security. His books are an important source of inspiration for students of Political Sciences in Leiden. 

As a professor at Cornell University he has trained many different academics, including Daniel Thomas, Professor of International Relations in Leiden.


Lilian Gonçalves-Ho Kang You

Lilian Gonçalves-Ho Kang You

Lilian Gonçalves-Ho Kang You

Lilian Gonçalves-Ho Kang You will be awarded an honorary doctorate for her enduring commitment to societal issues, and for her advocacy of human rights, in particular women’s rights.  

Gonçalves, born in Paramaribo, Suriname, studied Law in Leiden. As a lawyer and adviser, she has been involved in many mergers and take-overs. She is currently State Councillor within the Netherlands Council of State. 

Gonçalves has held various positions in the field of human rights: Vice-Chairman of the Equal Opportunities Commission (1994 - 2000), Chairman of the Netherlands branch of Amnesty International (2001-2005), and Chairman and member of the International Executive Committee of Amnesty International in London (2006-2009). She has been awarded prestigious prizes, including from the Dutch Law Society for her work for Amnesty International, and the Aletta Jacobs prizes (2008) from the University of Groningen for her firm commitment to societal issues.

(5 November 2014)


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