Goldsmiths, University of London will this week welcome the Editor of the Evening Standard, the founders of Glastonbury Festival, the former Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, and a pioneer in the field of microhistory to Winter Graduation.
Joining almost 900 postgraduate students, PhD candidates and teaching training students at their graduation ceremonies in New Cross on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th December as new Honorary Fellows of Goldsmiths, University of London are:
Sarah Sands is one of the most influential people in British media today. Currently the Editor of the Evening Standard, she is a former Deputy Editor of The Telegraph, Editor of the Reader’s Digest, The Sunday Telegraph’s first female Editor, and the author of three novels.
Born in Kent, Sarah studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths, before starting her journalism career as a reporter for The Sevenoaks Chronicle. She is credited with turning the Standard into a ‘cosmopolitan and crusading’ paper ‘with almost the same influence as a national’.
Michael and Emily Eavis
In 1970 Michael Eavis held the first Glastonbury Festival at his dairy farm in Somerset, headlined by T. Rex. From a small free event attracting 1,500 people, Glastonbury is now the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world, attended by some 175,000.
Emily Eavis, Michael’s daughter, is Glastonbury’s co-organiser and a former teacher training student at Goldsmiths. Michael and Emily are awarded Honorary Fellowships for their pioneering work in music entertainment, and their fundraising for charitable causes over several decades.
Dick Melly was an Engineer Officer in the Royal Navy, serving for 34 years and attaining the rank of Rear Admiral. Upon retiring in 2005, Dick joined the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths – one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London. As Clerk of the Company, he established the Goldsmiths’ Centre as an independent charity and oversaw the associated multimillion pound construction project. Dick served as a member of the Council of Goldsmiths, University of London for over 10 years.
Professor Carlo Ginzburg will be awarded an Honorary Degree of the University of London
Born in 1939 in Turin, Professor Carlo Ginzburg received a PhD from the University of Pisa in 1961. He has held teaching positions in several universities across Italy and America, including the University of Bologna, and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Professor Ginzburg has published a significant number of papers and books on topics from witchcraft and agrarian cults in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (1966), to Morelli, Freud, and Sherlock Holmes (1984). He is a pioneer in the field of microhistory – intense investigations of well-defined topics leading to broader generalisations.