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Biographical Notes
Dr. Marsha Hanen, CM

Marsha Hanen was President of the Sheldon Chumir Foundation for Ethics in Leadership from 1999-2006. Prior to this, from 1989-1999, she was President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg. She holds BA and MA degrees in Philosophy from Brown University and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University. She has held academic positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Brandeis and Dalhousie Universities as well as the University of Calgary, where she co-founded the Faculty of General Studies in 1981 and became its second Dean in 1986. She is currently Adjunct Professor in Philosophy at the University of Victoria.

Her academic work has been in philosophy of law, philosophy of science, feminist theory, epistemology, liberal arts, inter-disciplinary education and research, ethics and privacy. Her books, co-authored or co-edited with colleagues, include Science, Pseudo-Science and Society (1980), Science, Morality and Feminist Theory (1987) and Archaeology and the Methodology of Science (1988). She has also published numerous papers and has presented addresses at conferences across North America and abroad. As well, she has served on professional review bodies, editorial boards, conference committees and government advisory panels.

Dr. Hanen has been the recipient of many grants, awards and honours, including the Order of Canada (1999) and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from York University (1999). She was elected to the National Honour Society Phi Beta Kappa, was named the Y.W.C.A. Woman of the Year (Education) (1984), and received the Canada 125 Medal (1992), the Queen's Jubilee Medal (2002) and the Manitoba Award of Excellence in Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1998). She has held grants from the Canada Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada as well as a Fellowship in Law and Philosophy at Harvard University. In 1993, former colleagues at The University of Calgary paid her tribute by dedicating to her a book of essays entitled Woman as Artist: Papers in Honour of Marsha Hanen.

Throughout her career, Dr. Hanen has served on university and faculty committees and has been involved in community education, health organizations, arts organizations and women's groups. She served on the first Advisory Committee to the Women's Health Resources Unit at Grace Hospital in Calgary and was, for many years Chair of the Board of Education of the I.L. Peretz School in Calgary. She is currently President of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and serves on the Board of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the Advisory Council of Historica. Her recent community service also includes directorships on the boards of The Toronto Dominion Bank, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the National Education Committee of the Conference Board of Canada, the Foundation for the Women's Legal Education and Action Fund, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Foundation and the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada. She was a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Asia Pacific and is a Past Chair of the Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program. Dr. Hanen served for six years on the Board of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and served two terms as Chair of the Committee of Presidents of Universities in Manitoba. She has spoken frequently to community groups on policy for post-secondary education, women and equality, curriculum change, interdisciplinary education and issues in ethics and law. Currently, she writes and speaks on issues of ethics in leadership, interdisciplinarity and ethical issues in medicine. She is a member of a research consortium working on a major SSHRC project on privacy, anonymity and identity in a networked world.

Provided by The University of Winnipeg
September 16, 2007