Sunny & warm weather for conferment ceremony
On Friday 25 May it was once again time to inaugurate new professors and award doctoral degrees, in an academic festival that has taken place twice a year for several years running.
This time the venue was Louis de Geer Konsert & Kongress in Norrköping. The festivities started on Thursday evening, when the traditional academic festival concert took place.
In her opening speech, Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun talked about: the great opportunities and challenges facing the university, the expectations of the surrounding world on universities as a producer of knowledge that demand openness and dialogue, and the ability to meet new generations of students.
“We mustn’t allow ourselves to be constrained by old, habitual patterns. We must bring ourselves to develop the way we meet new students, we must dare to take a pedagogical leap forward.”
The spring professorial inauguration and doctoral award ceremony was a light and happy occasion. Bright sunshine accompanied the formally attired festival participants when they assembled in the foyer of Louis de Geer Konsert & Kongress. 18 new professors were to be inaugurated and four honorary doctors were to receive proof of the university’s gratitude for their important work.
One of the new honorary doctors is Gunnar Elfström, museum curator and one of Linköping’s prominent figures in the cultural sector, with close ties to the open air museum in old Linköping. Gunnar Elfström has also been very active in one of LiU’s centre formations, The Centre for Local History.
The 53 doctoral students awarded degrees showcased a wide range of research initiatives.
Thursday’s night’s academic festival concert at Louis de Geer featured the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, conducted by LiU’s assistant music director Merete Ellegaard.
The theme for the evening’s programme was “stories and myths”, and the repertoire spanned 130 years.
- Carl Nielsen’s (1865-1931) Helios Overture, first performed in 1903
- Andrea Tarrodi’s (b. 1981) Zephyros for orchestra in 2010
- Hilding Rosenberg’s (1892-1985) suite of music from Orfeus i sta’n was composed in 1945
- Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) reworked his fantasy-overture Romeo and Juliet several times, and the version played today was first performed in 1886
- Igor Stravinsky’s (1882-1971) ballet The Firebird, choreographed by Michel Fokine, was first performed in 1910
Apart from a long list of speakers including governor Elisabeth Nilsson, the dinner guests were entertained by students from the music programme at Vadstena Folk High School, led by Anna-Carin Strand and Karin Westerberg, and the Dekkadans dance group. The night owls in the group enjoyed a light buffet and danced to live music from Titanix.
Text and pictures: Magnus Johansson
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