Historian Receives Top French Award
Leila Fawaz, who holds a joint appointment as Professor of History at Tufts University and as Professor of Diplomacy at The Fletcher School, has been named a chevalier in the French National Order of the Legion of Honor in recognition of her “exemplary personal commitment to French-American relations.” Fawas was also the founding director of the University’s Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, a post that she held for 10 years.
Fawaz received France’s highest decoration from the French consul general in Boston, Christophe Guilhou, during a ceremony in Cambridge on July 10. The award, given by decree of the president of France, acknowledges her efforts “to promote French academic research and thought at prestigious American universities.”
The National Order of the Legion of Honor—the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur in French—was established by Napoleon Bonaparte. The award is divided into five degrees; Fawaz was awarded the first degree—that of “chevalier,” or knight.
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