Dundee Univer­sity to hon­our ac­tor Alan Alda

Achieve­ment: Hol­ly­wood star will re­ceive an hon­orary de­gree at this year’s grad­u­a­tion

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS 17 - STE­FAN MORKIS smorkis@the­courier.co.uk

Leg­endary ac­tor Alan Alda is to re­ceive an hon­orary de­gree from Dundee Univer­sity.

The ac­tor, who shot to fame play­ing Hawk­eye in the crit­i­cally-ac­claimed tele­vi­sion se­ries M*A*S*H, has since gone on to star in a range of movies and tele­vi­sion se­ries, in­clud­ing Woody Allen films Ev­ery­one Says I Love and Man­hat­tan Mur­der Mys­tery.

He also starred in the ac­claimed US se­ries The West Wing and was nom­i­nated for an Os­car for his role in Martin Scorcese’s The Avi­a­tor.

His most re­cent film ap­pear­ance was in Steven Spiel­berg’s Bridge of Spies.

Oth­ers to re­ceive hon­orary de­grees this year are Olympian Kather­ine Grainger and Perthshire film di­rec­tor David Macken­zie, who grad­u­ated from Dun­can of Jor­dan­stone Art Col­lege.

Another Dun­can of Jor­dan­stone grad­u­ate, Turner Prize win­ner Su­san Phillipz will also be hon­oured, as will two other univer­sity grad­u­ates: Judge Tim Eicke QC, and David Cun­ning­ham, chief ex­ec­u­tive of The ARCHIE Foun­da­tion.

They will also re­ceive a Doc­tor of Laws (LLD) at the univer­sity’s grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies, which take place be­tween June 21 and 23.

Alda is be­ing hon­oured for his work as an am­bas­sador of the com­mu­ni­ca­tion of science.

He helped found The Alan Alda Cen­ter for the Com­mu­ni­ca­tion of Science, which is an in­ter­na­tional part­ner of the univer­sity’s Lev­er­hulme Cen­tre.

Univer­sity prin­ci­pal Pro­fes­sor Sir Pete Downes said: “Our hon­orary grad­u­ates this year once again rep­re­sent some of the high­est achiev­ers in their re­spec­tive fields.

“In choos­ing our hon­orary grad­u­ates we look for peo­ple who will in­spire our stu­dents and staff and this year’s group have dis­played ex­cel­lence and achieve­ment in abun­dance.

“The achieve­ments of our hon­orary grad­u­ates re­flect the wide rang­ing na­ture of the im­pact the univer­sity has on so­ci­ety, and in this spe­cial an­niver­sary year it is fit­ting that we have il­lus­tri­ous alumni such as Su­san Philipsz, Tim Eicke, David Macken­zie and David Cun­ning­ham re­turn­ing to re­ceive hon­orary de­grees.

“I look for­ward to wel­com­ing the four of them, Alan Alda and Dame Kather­ine Grainger to Dundee this sum­mer.”

Dur­ing his time in Dundee Alan Alda will also dis­cuss his pas­sion for com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ex­plor­ing new knowl­edge and tech­nol­ogy when he de­liv­ers the Lev­er­hulme Re­search Cen­tre for Foren­sic Science pub­lic lec­ture as part of the grad­u­a­tion cel­e­bra­tions.

An evening with Alan Alda takes place at the univer­sity’s Dal­housie Build­ing at 6pm on Wed­nes­day, June 21. Free tick­ets can be ob­tained there. The univer­sity is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary this weekend.

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