Friday, June 1, 2007

At Laurentian

Carolyn and I had a very nice drive up through beautiful countryside to Sudbury, Ontario, today -- about five hours on the road. Tonight, we had dinner at the home of the president of Laurentian; the dinner was in honour of myself and the other recipients of honorary doctorates this year, including Minnijean Brown Trickey. Minnijean was one of the Little Rock Nine -- the African-American students who integrated Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas, 50 years ago. I told her how much she meant to me, and we both got teary eyed, and she hugged me. It was an absolute thrill.

At my table at dinner was Prof. Michael Emond, the Laurentian psych professor who nominated me for the honorary doctorate. We'd never met before, but immediately hit it off; he'll be introducing me tomorrow. And, in fact, I was pleased to see the program book for tomorrow's convocation, which says:

Dr. Michael Emond will present Mr. Robert Sawyer for the Doctorate of Letters (honoris causa). Dr. Sawyer will address Convocation.

What a cool moment of transition! I'm still stunned that this is happening to me ... I'm very flattered, and very pleased.

The Robert J. Sawyer Web Site


At June 02, 2007 9:20 AM , Anonymous Peter Mihaichuk said...


It was great meeting you at the Doorways Party during WHC this year, I believe my good friend Ken has been in contact with you about your trip this weekend.

Glad you're enjoying your stay here in Sudbury, I look forward to seeing you at Chapters on Sunday.

Congrats on the Doctorate, I'll try and tune in later today!

Peter Mihaichuk


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