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Worl to receive honorary doctorate from University Of Alaska Anchorage

Posted: May 3, 2012 - 12:12am  |  Updated: May 6, 2012 - 12:04am

The University of Alaska Anchorage will award SHI President Rosita Worl with an honorary doctor of sciences degree.

The award will be made Sunday, May 6, at the university’s 2012 commencement ceremony at the George Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. Worl is one of four people, including former Gov. Tony Knowles, who will receive honorary degrees at the event.

“I am honored to receive this award from an Alaska institution I hold in such high esteem,” said Worl, who served as an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Alaska Southeast for many years.

Worl is an Eagle from the Shangukeidí Clan and the House Lowered from the Sun in Klukwan. She is the grandchild of the Lukaax.ádi. She holds a doctoral degree in anthropology from Harvard University and received the 2008 Solon T. Kimball Award from the American Anthropological Association for her pioneering work in Applied Anthropology.

Sealaska Heritage Institute is a private, nonprofit founded in 1980 to promote cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding. The institute is governed by a Board of Trustees and guided by a Council of Traditional Scholars. Its mission is to perpetuate and enhance Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures of Southeast Alaska.

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