« Eleven exceptional individuals will be recognized with honorary degrees from McGill University during this year’s spring convocation ceremonies. From Canada’s first black female MP to a groundbreaking computer scientist, and from a leading American university president to a remarkable Montreal activist and volunteer, these recipients will join approximately 6,300 graduating students, and take the stage during Spring Convocation ceremonies from May 22 to May 29.
McGill University honorary degree recipients, spring 2009:
Mr. Melvin Charney, Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Religious Studies, Thursday, May 28, 10 a.m.
Melvin Charney has produced an impressive body of work combining art and architecture for more than 30 years. His work has provoked interest on the nature of the urban landscape and the connection between the notion of site and physical location. He is best known for his large-scale installations including Les maisons de la rue Sherbrooke (1976) and A Chicago Construction (1982). Mr. Charney has won a number of competitions including the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Ottawa inaugurated in 1991. In 2003, Mr. Charney was appointed chevalier of the Ordre national du Québec for his outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the growth of Quebec culture. In 2006 he was named Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the highest honour bestowed by the French government for individual contribution to culture. »
(Source: Melvin Charney)