Professors Ron Levi and Paul Cohen receive France's Ordre des Palmes académiques
From left: Consul General of France Mark Trouyet, Associate Professors Ron Levi and Paul Cohen, and Brigitte Proucelle, cultural, education and sciences adviser at the French Consulate (photo by Dhoui Chang)

Ron Levi, Paul Cohen receive Ordre des Palmes académiques from France

Two University of Toronto faculty members have been named Chevalier (knight) dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques – an honour granted to those who have made major contributions to French education and culture.

Ron Levi and Paul Cohen received France’s oldest non-military decoration at a ceremony at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy from Marc Trouyet, France’s consul general. The title was created by Napoleon I in 1808, becoming a decoration in 1866 under Napoleon III.

“It is indeed a privilege to honour two such distinguished professors for their ability to liaise to and with France, its history and society,” said Trouyet.

Levi is an associate professor of global affairs and sociology, the director of global strategy at the Munk School and the George Ignatieff Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies. Cohen is an associate professor of history who helped to launch the Centre for the Study of France and the Francophone World in the Munk School, where he was director until 2017.

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