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Vol 39  No 4
Oct. 12, 2006


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Writers honoured at fall convocation

Three prominent writers will be honoured during fall convocation, taking place on the St. Johnís campus Oct. 20. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Ingeborg Marshall, Anne Hart and Dr. Alison Feder. As well, two renowned researchers ≠ Dr. Roy West and Dr. Kevin Keough ≠ will be receive the designation professor emeritus.

A leader in Irish studies, Dr. Feder taught at Memorial for almost 40 years. She served as president of the Canadian Association of Irish Studies and organized a successful conference at Memorial in 1977 out of which came a collection of essays, Literature and Folk Culture: Ireland and Newfoundland. In the 1980s, she began a study of neglected Newfoundland novelist Margaret Duley which was published in 1983.

Ms. Hart served as head of the Centre for Newfoundland Studies for over 20 years, during which time she developed the collections and the public awareness of them. She is also known for her unconventional biographies of fictional characters; Agatha Christieís Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot. She recently collaborated with Dr. Roberta Buchanan and Bryan Greene on The Woman Who Mapped Labrador: The Life and Expedition Diary of Mina Hubbard.

Ms. Marshallís undergraduate paper on Beothuk decorated bone pieces, published in the Newfoundland Quarterly, led to a deeper interest in this group of native people. A childrenís book, a masterís thesis and two more books led up to her master work: A History and Ethnography of the Beothuk, published in 1996. The book was shortlisted for the Innis Book Prize, Editorís Choice of the Globe and Mail, and selected as one of Choice magazineís Outstanding Academic Books in 1997.

Honorary degree recipients are chosen by the Senate, the universityís academic governing body, after a very careful examination of the grounds for their nomination.

The honorary doctorate is designed to recognize extraordinary contribution to society or exceptional intellectual or artistic achievement. The awarding of honorary doctorates, an important feature of Memorialís convocation, serves to celebrate both the individual and the university as well as to inspire graduates, their families and guests.

The prime criterion for nomination as professor emeritus is sustained, outstanding scholarly work and/or service to the university.

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