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Former U.S. president among honorary degree recipients


Jimmy Carter, 39th president of the United States, and his wife, Rosalynn Carter will be among those receiving honorary degrees at fall convocation. Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau will also be honoured, along with Jacqueline Maxwell, artistic director of the Shaw Festival Theatre. Guest speaker Jeffrey Kofman, London-based correspondent with ABC News, will also address one convocation assembly.

Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter with children in Nasarawa North, Nigeria.

President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter are the co-founders of The Carter Center, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to championing human rights and alleviating human suffering. The NGO has led the fight against Guinea worm disease, reducing the number of cases worldwide from 3.5 million in 1986 to 521 as of October 2012. The center has also sent observers to 92 elections in 37 countries in a bid to strengthen democracy, and has taught farming methods that have helped more than eight million small-scale farmers in 15 African nations to double or triple grain production.

The Carters are active advocates for Habitat for Humanity and have established the Jimmy & Rosalynn Work Project, a campaign that since 1984 has built and restored homes around the world. Together, they have written over 30 books on topics ranging from the state of American politics and democracy, to peace and human rights at home and abroad. They have won countless international awards and commendations including, for President Carter, the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2002.

President Carter and Mrs. Carter will receive their honorary degrees on Wednesday, November 21 at 10 am in Grant Hall.

Garry Trudeau

Garry Trudeau is the American cartoonist behind Doonesbury, a comic strip that appears in nearly 1,100 newspapers around the world. Since the cartoon first appeared in 1970, Mr. Trudeau’s work has been collected in over 60 books. In 1975, he became the first comic strip artist to receive a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. He was finalist for the prestigious award again in 1989, 2004, and 2005.

He has written and produced for television and stage, including both an animated special and a Broadway musical version of his Doonesbury cartoon. Mr. Trudeau has contributed articles to publications including Harper’s, Rolling Stone, The New Republic, The New Yorker, New York and The Washington Post. He holds an MFA from Yale University, along with more than 30 honorary doctorate degrees, and has been inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Trudeau will receive his degree on Tuesday, November 20 at 10 am in Grant Hall.

Jacqueline Maxwell

Jacqueline Maxwell is a prominent figure in the Canadian theatre scene. Born and educated in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ms Maxwell has worked extensively as a director and dramaturge, and has been instrumental in program creation at many theatre companies since arriving in Canada in 1978. She has worked with the National Arts Centre, Factory Theatre where she served as artistic director from 1986-1994, and the Charlottetown Festival where she served as head of new play development from 1997-2000. Her production credits include new works for Canadian Stage Company, Tarragon Theatre, Opera Ontario, The Grand Theatre (London), Young People’s Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre and Factory Theatre, among others.

Ms Maxwell has been a dramaturge and teacher at Queen’s University, the Banff Center for the Arts, York University, George Brown College and the National Theatre School. She also spent eight years as guest artist/lecturer at the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama at the University of Toronto. She is currently artistic director of the Shaw Festival, a position she has held since 2002.

Ms Maxwell will receive her degree on Tuesday, November 20 at 2:30 pm in Grant Hall.

Jeffrey Kofman (photo by Donna Svennevik for ABC Inc.)

Jeffrey Kofman is a London-based correspondent for ABC News. A graduate of Queen’s University, Mr. Kofman began his television career at Globe Television in 1982 before carrying on to an 11-year career with CBC. During that time he served as a radio host and television anchor. Mr. Kofman then moved to CBS News where he worked as a correspondent, covering stories from Moscow, London and across the U.S.

Since joining ABC News in 2001, Mr. Kofman has reported from Cuba, Haiti, Tunisia, Libya, South Africa, Sweden, Italy and the Indian Ocean, among others, and has done six tours of the Middle East. He spent 10 years based in Miami where he developed a specialty in original reporting from the Americas. His work has been recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award, a DuPont Award, and a special Emmy Award for ABC’s coverage of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Mr. Kofman will address the convocation assembly on Wednesday, November 21 at 2:30 pm in Grant Hall.

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