Source: University of New Brunswick - Fredericton
LYSE DOUCET TO BE GRANTED HONORARY DOCTOR OF LETTERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK SAINT JOHN FALL CONVOCATION
October 13, 2006
UNB News Release: 06-184
Julia Heyland, Communications Manager (506) 648-5697
BBC Correspondent Lyse Doucet will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters
degree during the University of New Brunswick Saint Johnís Fall Convocation
Ceremony on Friday, October 20, 2006. This year's ceremony will be held at
4:30 pm at the G. Forbes Elliot Athletic Centre on the UNB Saint John
campus. Dr. Doucet will receive her honorary degree along with 105 UNB Saint
John graduates who represent 5 countries.
Dr. Doucet, a native of Bathurst, New Brunswick, is a presenter and
correspondent for BBC World Television and BBC World Service Radio who is
often deployed to anchor special news coverage from the field.
"We are pleased to honour Dr. Doucet for her exceptional work in
broadcasting," said Dr. Kathryn Hamer, Vice-President UNB Saint John. "She
has shown a dedication to reporting world events from where they are
happening, but still remains connected to New Brunswick, by returning each
summer to spend time with her family."
In recent years, Dr. Doucetís work has taken her to India and Indonesia to
present extensive coverage of the aftermath of the tsunami disaster, and to
Pakistan in the wake of a devastating earthquake. She played a key role in
BBC coverage of the Israeli Lebanon war in 2006, the Iraq war in 2003 and
Afghanistan in 2001.
Dr. Doucet was awarded a Silver Sony Award for News Broadcaster of the Year
for 2003. The previous year, she and her team were nominated for a Royal
Television Society Award for their exclusive coverage of the attempted
assassination of the Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Dr. Doucet is also a regular presenter on the BBC's Talking Point program
broadcast on television, on radio and online, and occasionally presents
HARDtalk which is seen on BBC News 24 and BBC World.
Before joining the BBC's team of presenters in 1999, she spent 15 years as a
BBC foreign correspondent; spending five years in West Africa, based in
Abidjan. She later lived in Kabul and Islamabad, and was a frequent visitor
to Tehran. Her last postings took her to Amman and then Jerusalem for
Dr. Doucet has an honorary doctorate in Civil Law from the University of
King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia; a Master's Degree in International
Relations from the University of Toronto; and a BA Honours Degree from
Queen's University at Kingston. She is a Council member of the Royal
Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and the International
Council on Human Rights Policy.
Dr. Doucet will present a Convocation Colloquium entitled, "Our Place in the
World: How to be a Global Citizen and New Brunswick Nationalist" on Friday,
Oct. 20, at 1:30 pm in K.C. Irving Hall, Room 107. All are invited to
Also being honoured at the ceremony is Dr. Sandra Bell, Assistant Professor
in the Faculty of Arts, Department of Humanities and Languages. Dr. Bell
will be honoured with the Allan P. Stewart Award for Excellence in Teaching.
She has an honours BA and an MA from McMaster University, and a Ph.D. from
Queen's University. Her research focuses on the literature and court culture
of James VI of Scotland, I of England, and the connections of poetry,
politics and power. She has published articles on various aspects of the
Scottish renaissance, and her next project is a book-length study of the
writings and cultural policies of James VI/I. Dr. Bell is the Majors
Coordinator for the English program.
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