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—Author of Gilead to lecture April 14 on Moses and the origins of American liberalism—

Princeton, 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.”

marilynne robinsonRobinson’s 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.

Educated at 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 Washington.

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 Sciences.

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 Princeton Seminary.

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.

 

 

                                                                                                  

 

 

 


 
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