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Sold Out All available tickets to this Meryl Streep event have been distributed. A standby line will be recognized on the day of the event at 1:00 p.m. in front of the School of Fine Arts. We will fill as many open seats as possible at the start of the event. This ceremony and Jorgensen Lecture is being held at the IU Auditorium and is free, but ticketed.

Meryl Streep will receive an honorary doctoral degree during a brief ceremony in the beginning of her Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture. The interview-format lecture will be led by Barbara Klinger, a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Communication and Culture. The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available beginning March 3 at the IU Auditorium box office, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is a limit of four tickets per person for the lecture.

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Widely regarded as one of America's best living film actors, Streep has received 18 Academy Award nominations and 28 Golden Globe nominations, more than any other actor in the history of either award. She has won three Academy Awards and eight Golden Globe Awards.

She is also a Hoosier by marriage; her husband, sculptor Don Gummer, grew up in Indiana and attended Ben Davis High School before studying at the Herron School of Art and Design in the 1960s. Gummer has several public art installations in the state, including on the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses of Indiana University. In 2010, Streep served as a keynote speaker for the Colloquium for Women of Indiana University's fall workshop, part of the IU Women's Philanthropy Initiative.

"Indiana University is delighted to recognize Meryl Streep, one of our nation's greatest living actors, for her extraordinary talents, her highly visible place in the arts and her role as a powerful advocate for women, as well as for her longstanding connection to our institution," IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. "Through conferral of this honorary doctoral degree, we not only welcome her to the IU family but pay tribute to her remarkable contributions to cinema and to the fabric of American culture while also recognizing our own rich academic traditions in film and theater."

"Meryl Streep has established herself as one of the leading actors in cinema as well as an international ambassador for the art form. She believes in the transformative power of art, which has influenced the choices she has made regarding her roles," IU Cinema director Jon Vickers said. "There is not another living actor who is more respected by the industry, colleagues, critics and audiences. Given IU's longstanding tradition in film studies, its unique and impressive archival film holdings that have received international recognition, academic courses that incorporate film across campus, and the 2011 opening of IU Cinema, the timing is perfect to present our university's highest honor to this film icon."

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