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Honorary Degree Recipients:

Deborah Porter '01GS

Established literary critic Deborah Porter has enriched the city of Boston through her love of literature and her generosity in sharing this with others. A Simmons College alumna, she is the founder and executive director of the Boston Book Festival, the largest public literary event in New England. The first festival - held in 2009 - drew more than 10,000 attendees; it has since doubled in size, with 25,000 attendees and more than 100 presenters annually including Pulitzer Prize-winning authors from around the world.

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Professor Cathryn Mercier
Children's Literature




Laurence Prusak '82LS

Laurence Prusak is a widely acknowledged researcher, teacher, author, and consultant in knowledge management. He founded and directed the Center for Business Innovation at Ernst and Young, and the IBM Institute for Knowledge Management. A Simmons College alumnus, he currently is a Senior Advisor on Knowledge for NASA, and has been a guest lecturer at some of the world's most renowned universities, including MIT and Stanford.

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Professor James Matarazzo
Library and Information Science