Eric Haskell '73, professor of French at Scripps College, was presented with the Knight of the Order of Academic Palms honor by the French government this month. The ceremony took place at Scripps' Clark Humanities Museum, and the knighthood honors outstanding scholarly achievement.
This is actually Haskell's second knighthood this year: He was also presented the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in July in Normandy, France.
Haskell is the director of the Clark Humanities Museum and has received 11 Scripps College Faculty Achievement Awards for Outstanding Scholarship, Outstanding Teaching and Outstanding Service. He graduated from Pomona College in 1973, earned his master's and doctorate degrees in French literature from U.C. Irvine, and has taught at Scripps since 1979. He has curated a dozen exhibitions, and written more than 30 scholarly articles on 19th-century authors, the book The Gardens of Brécy: A Lasting Landscape, and various exhibition catalogs.
"This is an extraordinary honor bestowed upon me by the French government," Haskell said in an interview with The Daily Bulletin. "....This being a double knighthood is particularly significant to me. It's like getting an Academy Award except it's better. It's like getting a lifetime achievement award. It's just something you cannot believe has happened."