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Religion professors Schmidt and Stone honored for books

Leigh Schmidt and Jacqueline Stone, faculty members of the Department of Religion , have been honored for their recently published books.

Schmidt and Stone shared the American Academy of Religions Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the category of historical studies.

Schmidt was honored for his book, "Hearing Things: Religion, Illusion, and the American Enlightenment" (Harvard University Press, 2000). Stone was honored for her book, "Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism" (Kuroda Institute, 1999).

The awards were presented by the academy at its annual meeting in November to encourage and celebrate excellence in the study of religion.

Schmidt also received the 2001 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize from the American Studies Association for his book. The award, which the association presented last month, honors the best book published in the field of American studies.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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