TORONTO, Sept. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Acclaimed academic, author, and former
politician Michael Ignatieff will join the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto
this September taking up a half-time faculty appointment as Professor.
He will also assume a half-time appointment as Professor of Practice at
the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) starting in January 2013.
Janice Stein, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the
University of Toronto, announced today that Michael Ignatieff will take
up a five year appointment as Professor at the Munk School, effective
immediately. He will be teaching human rights and international
politics at the University of Toronto.
"Having Michael Ignatieff at the Munk School is a wonderful opportunity
for our students," said Janice Stein. "He brings a deeply global
perspective to our biggest policy challenges and will work with our
students to give them the analytic skills they need in today's
Born in Canada, educated at the University of Toronto and Harvard
University, Ignatieff has written 17 books, worked as a television
presenter and documentary film maker, editorial columnist, and
university teacher. He is a member of the Queen's Privy Council for
Canada and holds eleven honorary degrees. He was leader of the Liberal
Party and leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons of
Canada between 2009 and 2011.
"I'm honored to be back at the Kennedy School, and I'm delighted to
continue to teach young Canadians at the Munk School of Global
Affairs," said Ignatieff. "It's a privilege to teach at these great
schools of global affairs and public policy."
At the Harvard Kennedy School, Ignatieff returns as Professor of
Practice after previously serving as Carr Professor of Human Rights
Policy and Faculty Director of the Kennedy School's Carr Center for
Human Rights Policy.
David Ellwood, Dean of the Kennedy School, said, "Michael Ignatieff
bridges the gap between academic and practitioner. His experience and
insights on matters of politics, public policy and human rights bring a
unique and invaluable perspective to the classroom. We are very pleased
to have him back at HKS."
Ignatieff has written extensively on the legal and human rights
considerations influencing military policy and international affairs.
He is the author of many books including "The Needs of Strangers"
(1984); "The Rights Revolution" (2000); "Human Rights as Politics and
Idolatry" (2001); and "The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of
Terror" (2004). He is also served on the International Commission on
Intervention and State Sovereignty (2001) and helped write its report:
"The Responsibility to Protect."
SOURCE: University of Toronto
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