Tufts University

Thomas C. Schelling

Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow awarded Thomas C. Schelling an honorary degree during the University's 151st Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 20, 2007.

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Commencement 2007

Thomas C. Schelling, you are a student of human behavior. You have applied the tools of economics to understand how individuals and nations make choices where their decisions are dependent on the choices of others. You have written on such wide ranging topics as nuclear deterrence, military strategy, segregation, environmental policy, and public health. Your papers have such playful titles as "Hockey Helmets, Concealed Weapons and Daylight Savings Time." You have noted that the same credible commitments that may be effective in warding off attack from a hostile nation may also help the individual who smokes too much, exercises too little and saves inadequately. Few scholars have had as broad an influence on the social sciences. Fields as diverse as economics, political science, international relations, sociology, and psychology all draw heavily on your work. A brilliant teacher, you also write with bell like clarity. Your powerful ideas always are elegantly and simply expressed. Your students and professional colleagues hold you in awe. In 2005, you received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for your contributions to our understanding of conflict and cooperation. Today, Tufts is proud to recognize your scholarly achievements and contributions to society with the degree Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.

Photo by Jodi Hilton for Tufts University Photo

This story originally ran on May 20, 2007.