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SUBJECT: Noted academic and well-known broadcaster to be honoured at Memorial University's fall convocation
DATE: Sept. 19, 2002

Memorial University will hold its annual fall convocation on Friday, Oct. 18, 2002. Approximately 600 graduate and undergraduate degrees will be awarded during two sessions of convocation. During the course of the two sessions of convocation, two honorary degrees will also be awarded.

Robert (Bob) Cole, well-known broadcaster, and Simon Schama, a noted historian and author will be honoured with honorary degrees (biographies follow below).

Three Memorial professors will formally receive the distinction of professor emeritus at the fall convocation: Dr. Detlef Bieger, Faculty of Medicine; Dr. Chesley Sanger, Department of Geography; and Dr. J. J. Sharp, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. The category of professor emeritus is open only to retired members of the faculty. To be eligible, a person must have served at least 10 years as a regular full-time faculty member at Memorial and must have held the rank of professor upon retirement. The prime criterion for nomination is sustained, outstanding scholarly work and/or service to the university.

Bob Cole

    Born in St. John's, Robert Cecil Cole began his illustrious broadcasting career with VOCM before moving to CBC Radio and Television. His career took a turn that would change his life when he began covering hockey for the CBC national network in 1969.

    Among his many notable accomplishments are calling the famous 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Series on radio, covering the Summer Olympics in 1984, and the Winter Olympics in 1998 and again in 2002 when he called Canada's gold medal hockey triumph. Mr. Cole was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996 and has been honoured with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for excellence in hockey broadcasting.

    This October begins his 30th season with Hockey Night in Canada on the CBC-TV network.

    Mr. Cole will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree in the 10 a.m. session of convocation.

Simon Schama

    Simon Schama was born in London, England, and educated at Christ's College, Cambridge where he was Fellow from l966 to 1976 before moving as Fellow and Tutor in Modern History to Brasenose College, Oxford. From 1980 to 1993 he was Mellon Professor of Social Sciences and William R. Kenan Professor in the Humanities at Harvard University. His courses have included the British Empire, English and French art and politics, the Gothic Revival in England and specialist Ruskin and Victorian culture courses. He has also taught at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Social in Paris and his work has been translated into 10 languages. He is currently University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University in New York.

    Dr. Schama is internationally acclaimed for his best-selling books which include: Citizens (1989), an award-winning reappraisal of the French revolution; Patriots and Liberators (1977), an account of the collapse of the Dutch Republic in the 18th century and winner of the Wolfson Prize for History; The Embarrassment of Riches (1987), an illustrated chronicle of 17th century Dutch culture; Dead Certainties: Unwarranted Speculations (1991); Landscape and Memory (1995); and Rembrandt's Eyes (1999), which explores the painter's life and his work. From 1995 to 1998 he was art critic and cultural essayist for The New Yorker magazine. In 1995 Simon Schama presented a BBC TWO series based on Landscape and Memory. His three-volume companion to A History of Britain is published by BBC Worldwide.

    Dr. Schama will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree at the 3 p.m. session of convocation.

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