Theology Professor Awarded 2014 Gittler Prize from Brandeis University

Author: Emily Hammock

Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez,O.P., a member of the Notre Dame Theology faculty since 2001, has been awarded the 2014 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prise. Fr. Gutiérrez is widely credited as the author of the foundational text for liberation theology, “A Theology of Liberation.” The movement launched by his work grew rapidly in a Latin America plagued by the military dictatorships of the 1960s and 1970s and became one of the most influential in contemporary theology by calling attention to the Church’s vocation to resist the oppression of the poor.

The Gittler Prize was established in 2007 through funds from the estate of Joseph Gittler, a sociology scholar, and is named after Gittler and his mother, Toby. The annual prize, which includes $25,000 and a medal, is presented to a person whose body of published work reflects scholarly excellence and makes a lasting contribution to racial, ethnic or religious relations. It is hosted by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life on behalf of the Office of the President of Brandeis University. The prize will be formally presented to Gutiérrez in a ceremony and talk on Sunday, Oct. 5 .

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