Honorary Degree Citation for Malcolm Hewitt Wiener
Citation presented by Dr. Christofilis Maggidis
C. Roberts Chair, Associate Professor in Archaeology
Conferring of the degree by William G. Durden, President
Malcolm Hewitt Malcolm Hewitt Wiener, we honor you today for a lifetime of philanthropy and for your outstanding contribution to archaeology through your scholarship and your generous support of archaeological fieldwork.
Law, archaeology, and the exploration of the past have always been at the center of your distinguished career. After graduating from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts and serving in the United States Navy, you studied law at Harvard Law School and went on to practice international, corporate and non-profit law. Soon, you were able to combine archaeology and law by serving as general counsel for the Archaeological Institute of America and as advisor to the U.S. Department of State on international illicit trafficking of antiquities. You now serve as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Your rise in the business world through the Millburn Corporation absorbed much of your time but generated admirable personal energy and ample material resources, which you generously channeled onto archaeology and philanthropy (especially, cancer research) through the Malcolm Wiener Foundation.
In 1981 you founded the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP), which was destined to become a key factor for the development, refinement and expansion of archaeological research in Greece and the Aegean. For almost 35 years now, the Institute of Aegean Prehistory under your leadership has been generously funding hundreds of important archaeological field projects that led to startling discoveries, including Dickinson's fieldwork at Mycenae and Glas. The Institute for Aegean Prehistory has also been offering research grants to hundreds of distinguished scholars to publish their finds or compose monographs on key issues, thus advancing our knowledge of the past and regenerating scholarly and public interest in prehistoric archaeology. The need for the timely printing of such important scholarly works necessitated a specialized publishing house, which you founded, the INSTAP Academic Press. To further facilitate onsite archaeological and laboratory research in Minoan archaeology, you founded the impressive INSTAP Study Center for East Crete. To further tie archaeology with science, you founded the Wiener Laboratory for Archaeological Science in the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Your vision, leadership and generosity have truly transformed archaeology.
Apart from leading, though, you have also been writing, ceaselessly. You have become a renowned scholar and archaeologist: you have published more than 40 archaeological articles and papers in international conferences, and guest lectured at several prestigious universities around the world. Your scholarly work focuses intensely on the temporal aspect of archaeology, chronology, as well as the scientific and archaeological methods to establish it, thus allowing us to correctly interpret the sequence of events and understand the past. To use your own words that echo your legal and archaeological background: "it is the attention to these minute details and pieces of evidence that make the difference between theorizing and scholarship."
For your pivotal contribution to archaeology, you have been honored with the Archaeological Institute of America's Bandelier Award for Public Service to Archaeology. The ancient Greek philosopher Demokritos wrote: "For a wise man all earth is accessible, because the whole world is home to a great soul;" accordingly, you are a fellow in many academies, archaeological institutes and societies all over the world, the honorand of three international conferences and Festschrifts, and recipient of honorary doctoral degrees from five other prestigious universities in Europe and the U.S.A. As Albert Camus put it, "real generosity to the future is investing everything in the present." You are the epitome of wisdom and generosity invested in the future of the past.
President Durden, for his great contribution to archaeology, his service to humanity through philanthropy, and his continuous support of Dickinson's archaeological fieldwork, it is my distinct honor to present to you Dr. Malcolm Hewitt Wiener for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Archaeology.
Malcolm Hewitt Wiener, upon the recommendation of the Faculty to the Board of Trustees, and by its mandamus, I confer upon you the Degree of Doctor of Archaeology, honoris causa, with all the rights, privileges, and distinction thereunto appertaining, in token of which I present you with this diploma and cause you to be invested with the hood of Dickinson College appropriate to the degree.