Journalist Linda Greenhouse to speak at IU Bloomington winter commencement

  • Dec. 5, 2016


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Linda Greenhouse, a Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Resident at Yale Law School, will address graduates at Indiana University Bloomington's winter commencement Dec. 17. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

Greenhouse is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who spent 40 years at The New York Times, including nearly 30 years covering the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to teaching at Yale, where her focus is the Supreme Court, Greenhouse also writes a biweekly opinion column for the New York Times’ website.

“Linda Greenhouse is an esteemed journalist, whose numerous major awards include a Pulitzer Prize, and one of the nation’s pre-eminent authorities on the U.S. Supreme Court,” IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. “Through her four decades covering the Supreme Court for The New York Times, her highly acclaimed books and her scholarly work and teaching at Yale Law School, she has delivered critical analysis into the inner workings of the court, the major legal debates of our time and the complex intersection of government, law and politics. We are extremely pleased and honored to have such a distinguished legal expert and educator share her insights and experiences with the university’s winter graduates.”

During her journalistic career, Greenhouse won numerous awards including the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Carey McWilliams Award from the American Political Science Association.

She is a former member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers and the national board of the American Constitution Society. She currently serves on the Council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, on the national Senate of Phi Beta Kappa and as a vice president of the American Philosophical Society. She is one of two non-lawyers elected to honorary membership in the American Law Institute, which awarded her the Henry Friendly Medal in 2002.

Greenhouse is also the author of “Becoming Justice Blackmun,” a biography of former Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun; “Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling”; “The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction”; and “The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right.”

Greenhouse earned an undergraduate degree from Radcliffe College at Harvard and earned a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School. She holds 11 honorary degrees.

IU Bloomington winter commencement is open to undergraduates and graduate students who will have completed degree requirements between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31. There is one ceremony, lasting about 90 minutes, for graduates from all IU Bloomington schools. Doors to Assembly Hall will open at 8 a.m. Dec. 17. There are no reserved seats, but people with special needs or who need accessibility seating and parking may call University Events at 812-855-3762.

Some 1,933 IU Bloomington students will graduate. The campus will award 2,015 degrees: 1,378 bachelor’s degrees, 508 master’s degrees, 118 doctoral research degrees, two doctoral practice degrees, eight specialist degrees and one associate degree. (Some students receive more than one degree.)

The oldest graduate will be 66, and the youngest will 20. The most numerous degree to be granted is Bachelor of Arts, and psychology is the most common major for the B.A. recipients. The second most numerous degree is Bachelor of Science in business, with finance being the largest major.

Candidates should begin lining up in the adjoining Gladstein Fieldhouse at 8 a.m. Procession of graduates into Assembly Hall begins at 9 a.m.

For complete information on commencement ceremonies, visit the IU commencement webpage

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