The Rev. Don Doll, S. J., professor of journalism and the Charles and Mary Heider Endowed Jesuit Chair, Creighton University, will receive an honorary doctorate and deliver the commencement address at St. Xavier University’s 2013 Winter Commencement on Sat., Dec. 14. The faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences has been teaching at Creighton for more than 40 years.
Fr. Doll is an internationally recognized photographer who has been featured in National Geographic and a number of the “Day in the Life of…” book series created by Rick Smolan. A two-year project titled “The Jesuits” has taken him around the world. One of his stories from this project, “Finding Ernesto,” aired on ABC’s Nightline with Ted Koppel in 1999.
Doll has photographed for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Uganda, Southern Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, the Congo, Chad, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East since 2005. Doll was introduced to photography when he was assigned to the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota as a young Jesuit, where he also met the Lakota people. He has authored two books about Native Americans, titled “Crying for a Vision” and “Vision Quest: Men, Women and Sacred Sites of the Sioux Nation.” A 224-page coffee table book with 188 photographs from Doll’s fifty-year career titled “A Call to Vision: A Jesuit’s Perspective on the World” also was published in 2012.
Fr. Doll received the prestigious Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism for his many years of work with Native Americans in 1997 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. He also received Nebraska’s “Artist of the Year” award in 2006 at the Governor’s Awards luncheon sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council. He also received special recognition in the Nikon “World Understanding through Photography” Award in 1976, the Robin F. Garland Award in 1988, and first place for “Magazine Feature” in the 1988 Pictures of the Year.