International Relations Leader Joseph S. Nye, Jr. to Receive Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at Plymouth State University’s Fall Convocation Sept. 2

August 14th, 2014 by blyndes

Joseph S. Nye, Jr, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at PSU's Fall Convocation ceremony Sept. 2

PLYMOUTH, N.H.–A renowned foreign policy expert will be honored by Plymouth State University at the school’s Fall Convocation ceremony September 2. Joseph S. Nye, Jr, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said Nye was chosen to receive the honorary degree because of his expertise in international relations.

“He is one of the most significant figures in international relations of recent decades,” said Steen. “His analyses of power have shaped US actions and history.”

In 2005 Nye was voted one of the most influential scholars of international relations in the United States, and in 2011 Foreign Policy magazine named him to its list of “top global thinkers”with this assessment: All roads to understanding American foreign policy run through Joe Nye.”

Nye, who maintains a residence in Sandwich, N.H., said he is looking forward to accepting the honor.

“I am flattered to be named a recipient of an honorary degree at Plymouth State,” said Nye. “My last degree was from Shandong University in China, and people often joke that it is easier to gain recognition the further you are from home. It is nice to be recognized near my New Hampshire home.”

Nye noted his advice to young people would be to study and understand history with the many avenues of information available today, to avoid making the same mistakes that create unrest and violence across the world.

“We are living in a global information age that produces both opportunities and turmoil,” Nye said. “A good understanding of history and an appreciation of other cultures helps to put this into perspective, and allows students to cope with inevitable change.”

Nye currently serves as a Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard and formerly as Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of GovernmentHe received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, did postgraduate work at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and earned a doctorate in political science from Harvard. He has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Chair of the National Intelligence Council, and Deputy Under Secretary of State for Security Assistance, Science and Technology.


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