Professor Kritzman - Commander of the Order of Academic Palms

Lawrence Kritzman, the Pat and John Rosenwald Research Professor in the Arts and Sciences and a professor of French and comparative literature, has received the title of Commander of the Order of Academic Palms (L’Ordre des palmes Académiques) from the French government—the highest honor awarded to an academic in France, and one that is only rarely given to scholars who are not French nationals. The order was first established by Napoleon I in 1808. Kritzman, a scholar of the French Renaissance, now holds all three of its ranks—chevalier (knight), officier (officer), and now commandeur. In 2002, he also received the Legion of Honor and the Order of National Merit, the highest and second-highest civilian honors in France, respectively.  To learn more about L’Ordre des palmes Académiques in French, click here, or in English, click here.