Yale Scholar Wins Grawemeyer Award in Religion

December 06, 2007

A scholar at the Yale Divinity School has won the 2008 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for her views on sexual ethics, the University of Louisville announced this evening.

Margaret A. Farley, an emeritus professor of Christian ethics and a Roman Catholic nun, will receive the prize, which carries a $200,000 award, in recognition of her efforts to promote fairness in sexual relationships. In her 2006 book Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics (Continuum International Publishing Group), Ms. Farley argues that justice is the quality that forms, guides, and protects loving relationships.

Susan Garrett, director of the award program, said in a written announcement that Ms. Farley’s argument “is an important message in light of all the confusion surrounding sexuality today.”

The award in religion is one of five annual Grawemeyer prizes presented in recognition of achievements in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Ms. Farley is the third Yale scholar to receive a Grawemeyer this year. On Wednesday two psychologists from the university, along with a professor at Fordham University, were named the winners of the award in education. The winners of the awards for music, psychology, and “ideas improving world order” were announced earlier this week.

The awards were established in 1984 by H. Charles Grawemeyer, an industrialist and University of Louisville alumnus. More information about the Grawemeyer Awards and the Grawemeyer Foundation at the University of Louisville is available on the organization’s Web site. —Jason M. Breslow