Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza Receives Marty Award for Public Understanding of Religion

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Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza. Photo: Jeanie Miley

The Public Understanding of Religion Committee of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) has named Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Krister Stendahl Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, the recipient of the 2012 Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion.

Schüssler Fiorenza has done pioneering work in biblical interpretation and feminist theology, and her teaching and research focuses on questions of biblical and theological epistemology, hermeneutics, rhetoric, and the politics of interpretation, as well as on issues of theological education, radical equality, and democracy.

Schüssler Fiorenza was interviewed on November 18 at the Marty Forum, held at this year's AAR Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The mission of the Public Understanding of Religion Committee is, according to the AAR website, to foster attention to the broad public understanding of religion and the role of religion in public life. This charge is principally achieved by developing ways to make the expertise of scholars in religion available to the media and the public.

The Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion recognizes extraordinary contributions to the public understanding of religion. The award goes to those whose work has relevance both to scholars and to the broader public.