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Western University commits $1.5 million to Alice Munro Chair in Creativity

Yesterday, while Alice Munro was being presented with the Nobel Prize for Literature, Western University in London, Ontario, announced it will honour the author with a new chair for its faculty of arts and humanities.

According to a press release, the Alice Munro Chair in Creativity will enable Western, which has committed $1.5 million to match donations, to “recruit a creative writer, teacher, and scholar who will advance the university’s tradition of excellence in developing the talents of students and future writers.” The appointed chair will serve as a “mentor and a model to faculty, staff, and students,” and “attract international authors as speakers and future writers-in-residence.”

From 1949 to 1951 while attending Western, Munro published three stories in its undergraduate English magazine, Folio. In 1976, she received an honorary degree from the university.