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UA to present honorary degrees to 2 women

By The Associated Press

This article was published November 15, 2013 at 7:03 a.m.

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.

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