»The Benjamin Franklin Medal for International Cooperation

Chapman University 

The Chancellor of the University with the concurrence of the President

And on the recommendation of the Faculty

 The honor of receiving the

Benjamin Franklin Medal for International Cooperation

With all the Rights, Privileges, and Honors as well as the

Obligations and responsibilities pertaining thereto.

+-Franklin Medal Recipients

1.  General Romeo Dellaire of Canada for trying to halt the Rowandan Genocide

2.  His Beatitude Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, for his efforts to solve the Palestinian problem

3.  Consul General Elin Suleymanov of Azerbaijan, for building understanding and cooperation between the US and the Caucasus

4.  Mikhail Gutseriev, for contributions to Higher Education and the preservation of Russian art

Nominations: Nominations can be made via email to the Center for Global Education at any time at globaled@chapman.edu.  There is no deadline for nominations, in recognition that international speakers/visitors are often available with little or no notice.

+-History of the Franklin Medal

Description of the Franklin Medal for International Cooperation: This Medal will be bestowed upon International Diplomats, Statesmen, or Academicians who have contributed to Chapman University’s international academic mission by speaking at a Chapman sponsored-conference, lecturing in a Chapman class, or by some other action deemed worthy by the Chancellor.  It is recognition of the individual’s commitment to global education and international understanding.

Recipients of the Medal can be nominated by any member of the Chapman community, and can be bestowed by the Chancellor with the consent of the President.

Choice of the Name:  The Benjamin Franklin Medal for International Cooperation is named after the early American patriot and statesman Benjamin Franklin who personifies a commitment to higher education and international understanding:

1731—Franklin founds the first public library in America

1732—Franklin publishes the short lived German language newspaper, the Philadelphische Zeitung

1740-1751--Franklin founds the University of Pennsylvania

1751--Franklin received the Copley Medal of the Royal Society of London for research in electricity

1752—Franklin is awarded honorary degrees from both Harvard and Yale

1753—Franklin founds the Academy of Sciences in Philadelphia

1757-1762—Franklin represents Pennsylvania at the British Court

1759—Franklin is awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland

1764-1775--Franklin returns to London as representative of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Georgia and New Jersey at the British Court

1765—Franklin passes a letter to Russian scientists, marking the first contact in the field of science between the two countries

1766—Franklin sends a letter on electricity and magnetism to Russian scientist Franz Epinus, establishing a foundation for scientific cooperation between the two countries

1767—Travels to France

1771—Franklin tours Ireland

1776-1779—Franklin is one of the Commissioners of Congress to the French Court, and signs the US Alliance with France

1779-1785—Franklin is appointed Minister to France, where he negotiates and signs the peace treaty with Britain, the Treaty of Paris

1784—Franklin negotiates treaties with Prussia and other European countries

1789—Franklin becomes the first American elected to the Russian Academy of Arts and Sciences

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