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You can call her 'Dr.' Ani DiFranco

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A righteous babe is getting some righteous recognition.

The University of Winnipeg will award renowned singer-songwriter and performer Ani DiFranco with an honorary doctorate of letters at a special convocation to be held on campus on Friday, Nov. 22 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Convocation Hall, 2nd floor, Wesley Hall.

In addition to being an independent music pioneer who has had a profound impact and influence on the folk community, DiFranco is a feminist icon who fearlessly tackles sexism, heterosexism, racism and class-based discrimination through song.

"DiFranco has long been an advocate for social justice and environmental sustainability, and she lives those values as both a performer and entrepreneur," Lloyd Axworthy, president and vice-chancellor of the U of W says in a release.

"Ani is a strong example of courage, tenacity and compassion -- characteristics that our university holds in high esteem. We are pleased to welcome Ani to our university community."

In the evening of Nov. 22, the Winnipeg Folk Festival will present DiFranco with the 2013 Artistic Achievement Award at its gala fundraiser at the Fairmont Hotel. The annual award recognizes a performer who has made exceptional contributions to folk music and the community. Tickets are $150 at winnipegfolkfestival.ca.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 9, 2013 G2

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