That Luis Eduardo Luna deserves an honorary degree from a liberal arts college is proven by the fact that he was nominated for it by representatives of five departments at St. Lawrence: geology, modern languages, biology, speech and theatre, and the art gallery. Perhaps this breadth of expertise should not be surprising from one who claims both Colombian and Finnish citizenship, has degrees or certificates from universities in seven countries, speaks eight languages and is a senior lecturer in Spanish at the Swedish School of Economics in Finland, an elected Fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and an Associate of the Botanical Museum at Harvard.
Professor Luna effectively bridges and integrates the humanities, sciences and arts through his study of and work in ethnobotany, anthropology, phytochemistry, religious iconography, art and languages. He lectures and give seminars around the world on Latin American religious diversity, shamanism and the therapeutic use of sacred plants as a way of helping to preserve and extend the rich knowledge of indigenous and mestizo peoples.
Professor Luna's connections to St. Lawrence are similarly wide-ranging. He has co-edited a book with Professor of Modern Languages Steven White, curated a Brush Art Gallery exhibition of the work of visionary artists, fit into his global circumnavigation lectures to several different audiences on campus, and led a faculty development trip to Peru. He has expressed enthusiastic appreciation for St. Lawrence's innovative approaches to disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and research. For connecting with us in so many ways, and for his outstanding contributions in research, teaching, and advocacy, St. Lawrence gratefully presents Luis Eduardo Luna the degree Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa.