Newswise — “Lord of the Rings” star Viggo Mortensen told the graduates of St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, that “activism is not a dirty word” and urged them to be active citizens, particularly to make changes in the country’s health-care system. Mortensen, star of “A History of Violence,” graduated from St. Lawrence in 1980 and spoke to the University’s 567 graduates at Commencement on Sunday, May 21, in Appleton Arena on campus. He also received an honorary doctor of arts degree at the ceremony, held indoors for the first time in 21 years. “Much has changed in this country and the world since 1980,” he said, “but the value of active citizenship is greater than ever. Making an earnest attempt to connect with people and issues outside of one’s own limited personal circle will always be worthwhile. My liberal arts education at St. Lawrence taught me as much, and for that I am grateful.” [More]