Introducing Dal’s honorary degree recipients for Fall Convocation 2017 – Dal News

Another class of impressive Dalhousie graduates are set to walk across the stage of the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Dalhousie Fall Convocation 2017 takes place on Monday, October 2 and Tuesday October 3 at the Dalhousie Arts Centre in Halifax.

More info: Convocation website

Joining Dal’s new graduates will be three exceptional individuals who will receive the highest honour the university can bestow: an honorary doctorate. As outlined by the Dalhousie Senate, the degrees honour “both the individual and the University and contributes to the recognition and celebration of excellence in society in a manner that reflects the University’s character and values within the community and the world.”

Read more about each of this fall’s honorary degree recipients below.

Dr. Susan Sherwin

A celebrated philosopher and trailblazer in feminist health ethics
Monday, October 2 (12:30 p.m. ceremony)

Dr. Susan Sherwin, Dalhousie Professor Emerita, is one of Canada’s preeminent women philosophers. Her groundbreaking 1992 book, No Longer Patient: Feminist Ethics and Health Care, has been described as a “landmark event,” credited with helping define the entire field of feminist bioethics.

Following her doctoral studies at Stanford — where she wrote the first philosophy dissertation in the U.S. on the ethics of feminism — she arrived at Dalhousie as the Department of Philosophy’s first ever female faculty member. Through the celebrated career that followed, her work took weighty issues such as abortion, reproductive technology, and paternalism in the patient-physician relationship and recast them from a feminist perspective. Her research highlighted the impact of discrimination and was defined by a feminist commitment to redressing all forms of oppression.

Dr. Sherwin has been a leader on campus and in the community. The first woman to serve as Chair of the Department of Philosophy, she was instrumental in developing Dal’s Women’s Studies program (now Gender and…

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