Professor Kirsten Shepherd-Barr awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bergen

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Congratulations to Professor Kirsten Shepherd-Barr, who has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Bergen.

According to the University of Bergen website, the Honorary Doctorate is the highest honour that can be given to a person not employed by the University of Bergen. It is awarded to candidates who have "undertaken outstanding work and made a significant contribution to science and art". 

"Professor Shepherd-Barr was awarded the doctorate for her work with modern theater and drama, including Henrik Ibsen. She was among the first to develop the field of theater and science. Shepherd-Barr is the founder of the digital reading app LitHits, which aims to break down barriers to reading and encourage engagement with literature."

Professor Shepherd-Barr commented: "I am thrilled and humbled to be receiving this award from the University of Bergen with its long and distinguished history, particularly in the Humanities.  Bergen also holds special meaning as the place where Ibsen got some of his most valuable training as a theatre director, which fed directly into his playwriting. I look forward so much to strengthening my ties both to the University and the city through this great honour".  

The Honorary Doctorate will be awarded in a ceremony at the University of Bergen in May 2024.

Visit the University of Bergen website to find out more.