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On Tuesday, 8 January 2018 the University of Amsterdam will celebrate its 387th birthday or Dies Natalis. This special afternoon event will take place in the Aula of the UvA and will be streamed live.

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Date 8 January 2019
Time 15:00 - 17:00
2019 Dies Natalis

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Rector Karen Maex will open with a speech followed by the Dies Speech by Hilde Geurts,  professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Honorary doctorates

After the opening and Dies speeches the following honorary doctorates will be presented:

  • Canadian-American journalist and activist Naomi Klein will receive an honorary doctorate for her important contribution in focusing attention on global issues of social justice within academia and beyond. Her honorary supervisor is Ingo Venzke, professor of International Law and Social Justice.
  • Renowned composer Louis Andriessen will be honoured for his work as a composer and his contribution to music theory. The doctorate will be presented by honorary supervisors Julia Kursell, professor of Musicology, and Kati Röttger, professor of Theatre Studies.

The Dies Natalis celebration will conclude with a contribution by a student delegation.

Following the celebration, a reception will be held at the Maagdenhuis where you will also have the opportunity to congratulate the honorary doctors.