FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas plans to present honorary doctorates to a death penalty opponent and an internationally known ornithologist.
A doctorate of arts and humane letters will be presented to Sister Helen Prejean, and a doctorate of arts and sciences will be presented to Frances James during UA's fall commencement ceremony Dec. 21.
Prejean is author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account to the Death Penalty in the United States, which was made into a movie. She also took part in a panel on peace and nonviolence at the university in 2011 with the Dalai Lama.
James earned a doctorate in zoology from UA in 1970 and is considered one of the most highly regarded ornithologists and ecologists of the past 50 years.