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Robert George chosen for Weaver award

George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, has been chosen for the 2002 Richard Weaver Award for Scholarly Letters. The award recognizes scholars who "cherish the ideals of civic order and human dignity," according to the Ingersoll Foundation, which presents it.

George will receive $25,000, and a two-day symposium will be held in his honor at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina on "Natural Law and Public Policy," the topic that George selected. Eight papers will be delivered during the Oct. 18-19 conference by speakers chosen by George.

A scholar in theories of law, natural law theories, constitutional law and theory, and problems of religion and politics, George is director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton. He is the author of many books and articles, including "In Defense of Natural Law" and, most recently, "The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Morality and Religion in Crisis."

The selection of the Weaver award winner is overseen by the director of the Bradley Institute for the Study of Christian Culture at Belmont Abbey College and the president of the Ingersoll Foundation, a philanthropic organization founded by the Ingersoll Milling Machine Co. of Rockford, Ill.

The award is given annually in honor of scholar Richard Weaver, the author of "Ideas Have Consequences." Past winners include sociobiologist E.O. Wilson, historian of slavery Eugene Genovese and Soviet specialist Robert Conquest.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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