Writer Daniel Howes and scholar Charles Tilly will speak at UM-Dearborn commencement ceremonies

April 10, 2007



DEARBORN / April 10, 2007---Daniel Howes, business columnist and associate business editor of The Detroit News, and Charles Tilly, the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University, will be the featured speakers at commencement ceremonies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Sunday, April 29.

Howes will speak at the morning ceremony, which begins at 10:30 a.m., for graduates of the campus's School of Management and College of Engineering and Computer Science. Tilly will speak in the afternoon ceremony, which begins at 2:30 p.m., for graduates of the School of Education and College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters. Both ceremonies will be held in the Fieldhouse on the UM-Dearborn campus.

As a columnist for The News, Howes has reported from some 20 countries on three continents. From 1999 to January 2003, he was based in Germany as The News’ European correspondent and automotive columnist. Before heading to Europe, Howes was the paper's senior automotive writer and an investigative and projects reporter on the newspaper’s business desk.

Howes came to Detroit in 1993 from The Roanoke Times in Virginia, where he covered business, politics and higher education. He is the winner of many journalism awards, including multiple International Wheel Awards for column writing and he’s a four-time winner of Northwestern University’s Medill award for general markets coverage. He is a regular contributor to WJR-AM in Detroit, and appears often on radio and television in the United States and overseas.

A native of Canton, Ohio, he earned a bachelor’s degree in history at The College of Wooster and a master’s in international affairs at Columbia University. Howes was a fellow at the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism.

Tilly’s research focuses on large-scale social change and its relationship to contentious politics, especially in Europe since 1500. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, he has received numerous international prizes and honorary degrees.

Tilly authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 50 published books and monographs. He also has published 600 to 700 scholarly articles, reviews, essays, comments, chapters in edited collections, and prefaces.

His most recent books include Why? (Princeton University Press, 2006), the Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis (co-edited and co-authored with Robert Goodin, Oxford University Press, 2006), Contentious Politics (co-authored with Sidney Tarrow, Paradigm Publishers, 2006), and Regimes and Repertoires (University of Chicago Press, 2006).

Tilly earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude at Harvard University in 1950 and a Ph.D. in sociology at Harvard in 1958.


The University of Michigan-Dearborn does not necessarily endorse speakers' views.

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