to lecture April 14 on Moses and the origins of American liberalism—
NJ, March 30, 2011–Marilynne Robinson,
the author of Gilead, which won the
2005 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award
for Fiction, is the recipient of Princeton Theological Seminary’s 2011 Abraham
Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life. She will
receive the award when she delivers the Seminary’s Kuyper Lecture on Thursday,
April 14, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Chapel. Her lecture is titled “Open Wide Thy Hand: Moses
and the Origins of American Liberalism.”
most recent novel, Home, a companion
to Gilead, won the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for fiction
and the 2009 Orange Prize for fiction. Robinson is also the author of the
modern classic Housekeeping, which won
the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Award for First Fiction and the Richard and Hinda
Rosenthal Award from the Academy of American Arts and Letters. Housekeeping was also nominated for a
Pulitzer Prize. She received a Lila Wallace-Reader’s
Digest Writer’s Award in 1990 and the prestigious Mildred and Harold
Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts in 1998. Robinson is
also the author of three books of nonfiction—Mother Country, The Death of
Adam, and Absence of Mind.
Pembroke College, the former women’s college at Brown University, Robinson
received her B.A. magna cum laude in 1966, where she was elected to Phi Beta
Kappa. In 1977 she received her Ph.D. in English from the University of
She teaches at the University of Iowa Writers’
Workshop and has been a writer-in-residence or a visiting professor at many
universities, including the University of Kent, the University of Massachusetts
Amherst, and the University of Massachusetts’ MFA Program for Poets and
Writers. In 2010 she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and
Abraham Kuyper (1837–1920) was probably the
greatest and most controversial figure in the Calvinist renaissance that took
place at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth
century in the Netherlands. Trained as a theologian at the modernist University
of Leiden, Kuyper converted to orthodox Calvinism during his first pastorate.
In 1872 he founded a Christian newspaper, De
Standard, and was elected a member of parliament in 1874. He was
instrumental in the organization of the Anti-Revolutionary Party, a Christian
political party, and helped in 1880 to found the Vrije Universiteit (the Free
University of Amsterdam), where he regularly served as a professor of theology.
In 1901, Kuyper became minister-president of the Netherlands. His worldview, as
presented in his hundreds of articles, pamphlets, and books, profoundly
affected the development of Reformed theology in the Netherlands, the United
States, Canada, South Africa, and Korea.
The Abraham Kuyper Prize is awarded each year through the
generous gift of Dr. Rimmer and Mrs. Ruth de Vries to a scholar or community
leader who has contributed to the further development of Reformed theology,
particularly as it bears on matters of public life, historical or contemporary,
in one or several of the spheres of society. The de Vries’s gift also
established an endowed faculty chair and a grant fund for graduate students at
For more information, contact the
Communications/Publications Office at 609.497.7760, or visit www.ptsem.edu.
Princeton Theological Seminary was founded in 1812 as the
first seminary established by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church.
It is the largest Presbyterian seminary in the country, with more than 500
students in six graduate degree programs.