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UPR’s Honors Distinguished Figures

Five prominent intellectuals and humanists receive honorary degrees from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. The degrees were awarded during the Academic Awards’ Ceremony at the University's Theater, on March 26th 2010.

For their valuable contributions and amazing paths, the leading educational institution in the country, awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa to Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes; the titles of Professor Emeritus to former teachers of the Rio Piedras campus, Myrna Casas Busó and Manuel Maldonado Rivera; and Distinguished Professor (the highest honor for a current faculty member) to professors Luce López-Baralt and Fernando Picó.

Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes (right) was awarded with a Doctor Honoris Causa dregree. Fuentes is considered among the most important, best known, living modern novelists and essayists in the Spanish-speaking world and his works have been widely translated into English and other languages. (Photo courtesy of UPR-Rio Piedras-Noticampus Website)

Luce López-Baralt is internationally renowned for her numerous studies in the field of comparative Spanish and Arabic literature, Aljamiado-Morisco literature, and comparative mysticism. She is a full professor of Spanish and comparative literature, and a member of the International Association of Hispanics, the Puerto Rican Academy of the Spanish Language, the Royal Spanish Academy of Language, and the Dominican Academy of the Spanish Language.                                                      (Photo courtesy of Diálogo Digital Website)

Father Fernando Picó (center), researcher, historian and Jesuit priest, has the most comprehensive and significant work among members of the “Nueva Historia Puertorriqueña”. He has distinguished himself by his total dedication to those less fortunate and the study of the Puerto Rico history from unconventional perspectives. His career has been honored with the UNESCO Chair for Peace Education in 1997 and chair of Eugenio María de Hostos in 2007.                                                                          (Photo courtesy of UPR-Rio Piedras-Noticampus Website)

Manuel Maldonado Rivera (center), contributions to the field of education has exceeded the boundaries of campus to contribute with educational programs in the Department of Education, the Police and correction of Puerto Rico; foreign universities and organizations like the College Board in Puerto Rico and Latin America; and consultant in educational reform commissions in countries like Mexico, Honduras, Bolivia, Guatemala and Panama, among others.                                             (Photo courtesy of UPR-Rio Piedras-Noticampus Website)

A professor for 30 years at the UPR Department of Drama, Myrna Casas Busó, has been dramatist, costume designer, actress, stage director and producer of many important plays, is considered the first lady of Puerto Rican theater. (Photo courtesy of UPR-Rio Piedras-Noticampus Website)