Ryerson University

Ryerson University

October 24, 2007 16:58 ET

Landsberg and Lewis at Ryerson University: Two Honorary Doctorates, Two Convocation Addresses, 44 Years of Marriage

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 24, 2007) -


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Graduating students at Ryerson University were treated to a rare speaking appearance this morning by husband-and-wife activist team Michele Landsberg and Stephen Lewis. In what Lewis referred to as the "apotheosis of 44 years of marriage," the two influential Canadian figures were presented with joint honorary Doctor of Laws degrees by Ryerson University Chancellor G. Raymond Chang and President Sheldon Levy at the University's first fall convocation ceremony of 2007.

An award-winning journalist, Michele Landsberg is one of Canada's best known social justice activists. She has been a leading voice for women's rights for more than a quarter century. Stephen Lewis, politician, diplomat and international envoy for humanitarian efforts who has dedicated himself to improving the human condition, is the former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Following a theme of social justice and gender equality, Landsberg and Lewis both addressed the graduating class, issuing to them a call to action to make a difference in the world.

"Fighting for a cause gives your life a shape, a larger purpose that is deeply rewarding no matter how hard or how long the struggle," said Landsberg. "Do not settle for a life of political complacency. This backwards world needs your fire. And, you need the inspiration that you're working for something greater than yourself. I would say a columnist, or any kind of activist, is someone who gets out of bed in the morning and flies. Fly."

"Michele and I join together in our conviction that the single most important struggle on the planet is the struggle for gender equality," said Lewis. He echoed: "You the graduates have an opportunity to act in large and small ways based on your years of learning, knowledge and commitment garnered in the halls of Ryerson, to make this a more civilized world for women and men alike. We beg you to do so."

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Contact Information

    Ryerson University
    Heather Kearney, Public Affairs
    (416) 979-5000 x 4282
    Email: hkearney@ryerson.ca