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Joel KovelJoel Kovel was born in 1936 in Brooklyn, NY, to an immigrant Ukrainian-Jewish family. As a youngster his great love was science; however, the breadth of his interests as well as increasing engagement in society led him to medicine and then psychiatry and psychoanalysis, in which career he eventually became Professor and Director of the Residency Training Program in Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

The Vietnam War and the crises of the 1960s caused him to move sharply to the political left, to begin what became a vocation as a writer, and to engage the study of Marx. Intellectually, this set going a conflict with his identity as a Freudian psychoanalyst, and spurred further work. Another dimension was added when his activism in the antiwar movement and in defense of the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua brought Kovel into contact with radical Christians. Combined with mounting dissatisfaction with the health care system, this resulted in a departure from medicine, psychiatry and psychoanalysis in 1985. In 1988 Kovel joined the faculty of Bard College as Alger Hiss Professor of Social Studies, and remained there until 2009 when he was let go in a highly contentious case involving his political activity, especially in regard to anti-Zionism.

Kovel has written ten books reflecting his complex political and intellectual engagement. White Racism (1971) was nominated for a National Book Award; The Age of Desire (1982) detailed his Marx-Freud period; Against the State of Nuclear Terror (1982) and In Nicaragua (1986) recount his political activism of the 1980s; History and Spirit (1991), written with the support of a Guggenheim Grant, attempts a synthesis of spirituality and historical materialism; and Red Hunting in the Promised Land (1994) is a study of ideology that approaches the problem of anticommunism in the history of the United States.


Statistician, physicist, geologist, and a South Asian scholar and poet will receive honorary degrees at 500th Convocation

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David Donoho, Deborah Jin, David Shulman, Celâl ŞengörAs part of the celebration of the University’s 500th Convocation on Friday, Oct. 9, President Robert Zimmer will present honorary degrees to four outstanding scholars whose research ranges from Sanskrit poetry to Bose-Einstein condensates, from statistical analysis to the geology of Eurasia.

The honorees are David Donoho, a Professor of Statistics at Stanford University; Deborah Jin, a fellow of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and an Adjoint Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado; A. M. Celâl Șengör, a Professor of Geology at Istanbul Technical University; and David Shulman, Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Donoho’s work in statistics has addressed the problem of sparse effects in data analysis, in which a small sample behaves differently than most of the data. In addition to its theoretical importance, his research has spawned practical uses, such as the detection of potential errors in databases with many different kinds of information.


Dr. Fikret Berkes

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Dr. Fikret Berkes

Dr. Fikret BerkesDistinguished Professor and Canada Research Chair
Natural Resources Institute
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3T 2N2
Tel.: (204) 474-6731
Fax: (204) 261-0038
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Website: Resource Management



B.Sc. McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1968
Ph.D. Marine Sciences, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1973


Dr. Berkes is an applied ecologist by background and works at the interface of natural and social sciences. He joined the University of Manitoba in 1991 as the Director of NRI, a position he occupied until 1996. He has served as the President of the International Association for the Study of Common Property (1996-98) and as the leader of a number of research groups. He has devoted most of his professional life to investigating the relations between societies and their resources, and to examining the conditions under which the "tragedy of the commons" may be avoided. He works on theoretical and practical aspects of community-based management, co-management, and traditional knowledge. His publications include the books, Sacred Ecology (Routledge, 2008), Breaking Ice (U Calgary Press, 2005), Navigating Social-Ecological Systems (Cambridge U Press, 2003), and Managing Small-Scale Fisheries (IDRC, 2001). See his list of publications and downloadable PDFs elsewhere on this web site. Dr. Berkes holds a Tier I Canada Research Chair (2002) and the title of Distinguished Professor (2003). For more detail, click on Canada Research Chair at the NRI site.


Çağan Hakkı Şekercioğlu

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Dr. Çağan Hakkı Şekercioğlu

Çağan H. Şekercioğlu, Ph.D. 

Center for Conservation Biology · Stanford University · Stanford, CA 94305-5020 · USA
Tel: (1) 650 724 0510 · E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it · Web: www.sekercioglu.org 



Avian ecology, climate change, community-based conservation, conservation finance, ecosystem services, ecotourism, entomology, landscape ecology, ornithology, primatology, tropical ecology

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Stanford University, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford, USA 1998-2003

Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Ecology & Evolution program, August 2003

Harvard University, Cambridge, USA 1993-1997

B.A. in Biology, magna cum laude

B.A. in Anthropology, magna cum laude

Robert College, Istanbul, TURKEY 1986-1993

Graduated with highest honors


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