Renowned scholar to receive Honorary Doctor of Laws

Jack Zipes - photo supplied

Jack Zipes – photo supplied

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Dr. Jack Zipes is a world-renowned scholar of fairy-tale studies and children’s literature and strong mentor to countless students and colleagues. The University of Winnipeg is proud to present Dr. Zipes with an Honorary Doctor of Laws at Autumn 2017 Convocation, on Friday, October 13, 2017.

Dr. Zipes is Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota with an academic career that spans more than 40 years and includes the publication of an astonishing 69 books in English and German. His insight that folk and fairy tales must be read within their historical, economic, social and cultural contexts deeply influenced the field of study of traditional texts directed to young people.

Recently, Dr. Zipes gifted his unique and rich collection of 1,000 fairy tale films to The University of Winnipeg library, the largest database of fairy tale films in the world. This peerless collection of resource material cements UWinnipeg as the place to go to conduct research in this area.

“The study of children’s literature has been a unique and recognized strength at UWinnipeg for decades, where we proudly host the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures,” said Dr. Annette Trimbee, President and Vice-Chancellor, UWinnipeg. “Dr. Zipes has shared his ideas, energy, and love of the imagination generously with our students and faculty in many presentations and teach-ins. He is an inspiration to many.”

UWinnipeg’s Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures includes a new collaborative space for the Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak: Reclamation, Regeneration, and Reconciliation research project. With community participation, the project is developing an educational tool-kit to support reconciliatory relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

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Diane Poulin, Senior Communications Specialist, The University of Winnipeg

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