J. Lorand Matory, a professor of anthropology and African and African American studies at Harvard University, received the Tribute to Black Men Faculty Award from the Association of Black Harvard Women. Professor Matory was a vocal critic of outgoing Harvard president Lawrence Summers. In March 2005 Matory sponsored a motion of no confidence in Summers’ leadership after the Harvard president had made comments about the possible inherent inferiority of women scholars in mathematics and the sciences.

Norman Francis, the president of Xavier University in New Orleans since 1968, is receiving five honorary degrees during this spring’s commencement season.

He has or will receive degrees from Florida A&M University, Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, the College of New Rochelle in New York, Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and the University of Notre Dame. At the end of this spring’s ceremonies, President Francis will have 35 honorary doctorates.