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Stanford scholar Larry Diamond to receive award for alumni engagement

Since 1991, Larry Diamond has delivered talks to alumni groups, including participating in Classes Without Quizzes during Reunion Homecoming and speaking at alumni clubs across the country.

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Larry Diamond

Larry Diamond, director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), will receive the 2013 Richard W. Lyman Award at a ceremony today.

The Stanford Alumni Association (SAA) presents the annual Lyman Award to a faculty member who has gone "above and beyond" to engage alumni through volunteer activities that further the SAA's goal of lifelong learning.  

"Larry Diamond is an incomparable Stanford citizen who is exceedingly deserving of the Lyman Award," said Howard Wolf, president of the SAA.

"Understanding Larry's many administrative and academic roles on campus, his willingness to give of his precious time and prodigious talent to Stanford's alumni speaks volumes about his commitment to the university he loves so deeply. We thank him for all he has done for the alumni association to date, and look forward to his continued service well into the future."

Diamond, a senior fellow at FSI, also is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and serves as the faculty co-director of the Haas Center for Public Service. He earned three degrees at Stanford: a bachelor's degree in political organization and behavior in 1974; a master's degree at the Food Research Institute in 1978; and a doctorate in sociology in 1980.

Since 1991, Diamond has presented talks at regional alumni meetings in cities across the country, including Honolulu, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York. He also spoke at Leading Matters, a series of events that shared Stanford's vision for the future with nearly 13,000 alumni, family members and friends around the world during the five-year Stanford Challenge fundraising campaign.  

Diamond recently returned from a two-week Stanford Travel-Study trip to Burma. He also has served as the faculty leader on alumni trips to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, Korea, South Africa, and the Middle East.

On campus, Diamond has presented "Classes Without Quizzes" at Reunion Homecoming. During last year's Commencement weekend, he gave the Class Day Lecture. In 2007 Diamond received Stanford's Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.

Diamond will receive the Lyman Award this afternoon during an invitation-only event hosted by the SAA. The event also will recognize all faculty who volunteer their time to alumni engagement.

The award was established in 1983 in honor of the late Richard W. Lyman, Stanford’s seventh president, who died in 2012. In addition to the award, the prize includes funding toward books and materials designated by the recipient for the Stanford University Libraries.

Recent Lyman Award winners include Hank Greely, a law professor; Lyman P. Van Slyke, professor emeritus of history; and Al Camarillo, professor of history and special assistant to the provost for faculty diversity.