Source: Memorial University of Newfoundland
Memorial University to hold fall convocation ceremonies on Friday, Oct. 20, 2006
October 13, 2006
prominent writers will be honoured during Memorial University's fall
convocation ceremonies, taking place at the St. Johnís Arts and Culture on
Friday, Oct. 20. Over 500 students will receive degrees during the three
sessions of convocation being held on that day at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7:30
p.m. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Ingeborg Marshall, Anne Hart and
Dr. Alison Feder. As well, two renowned researchers Ė Dr. Roy West and Dr.
Kevin Keough Ė will be receiving 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. Dr. Feder will be awarded an honorary
doctorate of letters at the 10 a.m. session of convocation.
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 better 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. Hart will be awarded an honorary doctorate of letters at the 3 p.m.
session of convocation.
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. Ms. Marshall will receive an
honorary doctorate of letters at the 7:30 p.m. session of convocation.
Honorary degree recipients are chosen by the Senate, the universityís
academic governing body, after a very careful examination of the grounds for
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.
Digital audio of the honorary degree orations and addresses by honorary
degree recipients will be available on the web one hour after the
convocation session. Please visit www.mun.ca/marcomm/media for details.
Note to editors:
Representatives of media agencies should arrive at the stage door of the
Arts and Culture Centre at least 15 minutes before convocation ceremonies
commence, and ask for Ivan Muzychka, manager, Communications, or call
687-9433 in advance to arrange for seating and photography/videography.
Please note that broadcast quality digital audio of the honorary degree
orations and addresses by honorary degree recipients will be available on
the web one hour after the convocation session. Please visit
www.mun.ca/marcomm/media for details.
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For further information, please contact Ivan Muzychka, manager,
Communications, Memorial University, 737-8665, cell 687-9433 or