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Apple receives honorary degree from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

October 24, 2016

UW-Madison’s Michael W. Apple received an honorary degree from the Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul during a ceremony in Brazil on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Founded in 1895, the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul is one of the largest federal universities in Brazil, and also one of the most highly rated. The public institution is mostly located in Porto Alegre.

Apple receives honor in Brazil
UW-Madison's Michael Apple is honored Oct. 20 during a
ceremony at the Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande
Do Sul. (Photo: Rochele Zandavalli)
“Of all of the honorary doctorates I have been awarded, this one is among the most significant,” says Apple. “The Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul and Porto Alegre, Brazil have been at the center of critical educational policy and practice for decades.” 

Apple, who has called UW-Madison home since 1970, is the John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Policy Studies.

Apple is regarded as one of the most important and influential education scholars of our time, and has made significant contributions to the development of critical educational theory, research and practice.  His books, “Ideology and Curriculum,” and “Official Knowledge,” were listed as being among the 50 most significant education books during the 20th century.

To learn more about Apple’s most recent honorary degree and his visit to Brazil, check out this news story posted by the Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul.

The award is Apple’s 11th honorary degree or equivalent. Such honors are among the highest in academia, and usually are conferred as a way of recognizing a distinguished visitor’s contributions to a specific area of study -- or to society as a whole. Generally, each institution only awards such an honor to one or two esteemed people per year.

Apple later this fall will be receiving similar recognition at the Education University of Hong Kong and from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.