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Mayor Bloomberg joins James Chandler as Convocation speaker

Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, will join faculty member James Chandler in speaking at the University of Chicago graduation ceremonies in June.

Bloomberg will be a distinguished guest and deliver remarks at the June 10 graduation ceremonies for undergraduates at the University of Chicago. The ceremonies, to begin at 10 a.m., will be held on the University’s Harper Quadrangle and will be one of four sessions for the University’s 485th Convocation to be held June 9, 10 and 11.

The convocation address for the ceremonies will be delivered by James Chandler, the Barbara E. & Richard J. Franke Professor in English and the College. The address will be delivered at each of the sessions except that for the Graduate School of Business on June 11. The University will confer nearly 3,000 degrees during the convocation to students graduating from its College, and graduate and professional schools. The University will also confer three honorary degrees to distinguished scholars at the second session of convocation on June 10.

Bloomberg founded Bloomberg LP in 1982 as a financial information service. It has since grown to include a news service, radio, television, Internet and publishing operations. He was elected mayor of New York in 2001 and re-elected in 2005.

Among his reforms as mayor is the establishment of a city Department of Education to replace a former system of locally elected boards. The new arrangement was intended to increase accountability for the schools.

Bloomberg received a B.S. in 1964 from Johns Hopkins in electrical engineering and an M.B.A. in 1966 from Harvard Business School.

Chandler is an expert on the romantic movement in England; 18th and 19th century poetry; the rise of historicism, and the historical novel; and relations between politics and literature, and history and criticism. He also studies romantic fiction, the Scottish Enlightenment, Scottish and Irish literatures and cultures and film.

He also serves as Director of the Franke Institute for Humanities. Chandler is currently writing Sympathetic Eye: Capra, Commerce, and the History of Sentiment, a book intended to set the work of Frank Capra and of the “golden age” of Hollywood in much longer perspectives of cultural and intellectual history. He is also working on The New Cambridge History of English Romantic Literature, a 300,000-word edited volume in the New Cambridge History of Romanticism, now being revised for the first time since the first edition early in the 20th-century.

The University holds convocation ceremonies four times a year, one session at the conclusion of the summer, fall and winter quarters, and four sessions in the spring. The convocation speaker is always a member of the University faculty.

Few non-University faculty members have addressed the University’s convocation audiences in recent years. Exceptions include President Bill Clinton in 1999 who joined faculty member Elaine Fuchs and Katharine Graham, who joined faculty member Cass Sunstein in 1996.

The Univesity presents honorary degrees primarily to distinguished scholars from around the world. This year’s honorary degrees will go to Arthur B. McDonald, professor of physics at Queen’s University and Director, Sudbury Neutrino Observatory; Richard Middleton, Emeritus Professor of Music, International Centre for Music Studies, School of Arts and cutlures, the University of Newcastle; and Marcus E. Raichle, professor of radiology and neurology, Washington Univesity School of Medicine.
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