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Dr. Kivisto to get honorary degree, link to family

April  29, 2013

Dr. Peter Kivisto at the University of Turku on a past visit.

Augustana's Dr.Peter Kivisto has a couple of firsts awaiting him in the next few weeks: He will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Turku in Finland, and he will step into the childhood home of his Finnish grandfather.

Dr. Kivisto’s cooperation with the University of Turku began in 1984.

"I enjoy Finland during the summertime; I enjoy this country during the wintertime. This is my second home, he said."

The link to the University of Turku has reconnected Kivisto to the land that his grandfather left behind for America. The farm is still in the family.

(Read the story by the University of Turku)

In addition to music and speeches, the traditional Doctoral Conferment Ceremony May 30 will include sword-sharpening and ends at daybreak with a Speech to the Sun.

Interview on diversity

Professor Kivisto recently was interviewed by Gabriele Alex of the Max Planck Institute on the topic of diversity — what it is and how it may be studied. 

(Complete interview)

"I would suggest that we should  spend more time trying to understand how ordinary people, everyday people — not  simply elites and leaders within communities — live their diversity: how they make sense of diversity in their everyday lives," he said.

Dr. Kivisto is Richard Swanson Professor of Social Thought, Chair of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare at Augustana.