UW–Madison professor emeritus conferred honorary doctorate from University College Dublin

UW–Madison Professor Emeritus Michael Apple has been awarded an honorary doctorate from University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland.

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During a ceremony on Dec. 5, UCD conferred Apple, the former John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies in the School of Education, the degree of Doctor of Education for his “service, commitment, and distinguished role in furthering critical scholarship in and of education.”

This is the 14th honorary doctorate (or equivalent) that Apple has received.

“I think of these things as not only a personal recognition, but equally as collective awards,” Apple said, “as representing the value of the struggles of people throughout the world to keep the spaces open for an education worthy of its name.”

Apple is a renowned world scholar whose global impact is reflected in the multiple translations of his books and his international demand as a keynote speaker and progressive educator.

“Here in Ireland and especially at UCD we have been truly fortunate to have an individual of such stature and humanity as a critical friend,” said Dympna Devine, a professor in the UCD School of Education, in her introductory address. Apple “has shared his expertise generously (and been) a strong and supportive advocate for scholarship and teaching in education, equality, and social justice.”

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