The ISI Henry & Anne Paolucci Book Award honors each year a scholarly book embodying a humane and liberal spirit.
An award presentation and public lecture will be held on Nov 7th at the Wilmington University and Whist Club.
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), is pleased to announce that Brad S. Gregory is the recipient of the 2013 ISI Henry and Anne Paolucci Book Award, for his book The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society (Harvard University Press, 2012).
Brad Gregory will accept the award and give a public lecture on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the University and Whist Club, 805 North Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19806.
The historian Brad S. Gregory holds the Dorothy G. Griffin Collegiate Chair at the University of Notre Dame, where he was also recently named the Director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. Gregory has had a stellar academic career. His first book, Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe (Harvard University Press, 1999) received six book awards, and in 2005 he was named the winner of the first annual Hiett Prize in the Humanities from the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, a $50,000 award for the outstanding mid-career humanities scholar in the United States. He earned his Ph.D. at Princeton and also holds two degrees in philosophy from the Catholic University of Louvain, in Belgium.
Brad Gregory’s new book, The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society, is a tour de force of historical erudition and interpretation—an instant classic that is bound to be the center of heated debates for decades to come. The book is as much about the present as about the past. While the Reformers of the sixteenth century sought to achieve a more perfectly Christian society, their complex rejections, retentions, and transformations of medieval Christianity paradoxically led to a very different social form—one of contesting and conflicting truth claims, a therapeutic vision of religion, devotion to natural science as the source of all truth, and unbridled material acquisitiveness. The Protestant Reformation continues to shape key features of modern society even to the present day.
The ISI Henry & Anne Paolucci Book Award recognizes and advances the considerable scholarly and journalistic achievements of Henry and Anne Paolucci by honoring each year one book that embodies the humane and liberal spirit of this man and woman of letters. Their achievements will be long remembered by those who had the privilege of hearing them lecture or who have had the opportunity to read one of their many books, articles, or speeches. Through their scholarly work, their tireless pursuit of academic, literary, and journalist excellence, and their political and moral commitments, Henry and Anne Paolucci exemplify ISI's ideal of the public intellectual. This award recalls and proclaims their example to all who aspire to the intellectual life.
This prestigious award was launched in the mid-sixties by the Walter Bagehot Research Council. Since 2004, the annual award has been presented by ISI to a deserving scholar whose intellectual achievement—as made manifest in the form of a book published in the previous year-embodies the spirit, range, and scholarly rigor of the award's namesakes. The amount of the award is $5,000.
Nominations from individuals and publishing houses are hereby solicited for the ISI Henry and Anne Paolucci Book Award. Submissions should embody impeccable scholarship and a respect for the historical continuity of the subject. They should also avoid factional or partisan argument and contribute in a significant way to the literature of the subject. Particular attention will be given to works that focus on American domestic or foreign policy, constitutional law, jurisprudence, and American history. Books in other areas of the humanities will also be considered, including the following:
Nominated books should display a cross- or interdisciplinary approach to their subjects. They should also bring first principles to bear on important academic, political, or cultural concerns. The book deemed to have made the most significant contribution to the advancement of a true partnership between the mind and soul, or to the explication of the essential unity between man's rational and spiritual natures, will be honored.
The selection committee will include two members of the Walter Bagehot Research Council on National Sovereignty; the president of Griffon House publications; and three senior members of ISI’s team.
Award finalists will be announced on or around August 15. The winner of the ISI Henry & Anne Paolucci Book Award will be announced on or around August 30.
The winner will be asked to give a public lecture in Wilmington, Delaware, in early November. The lecture and award ceremony will be followed by a reception.
Eligibility: Only single-authored, nonfiction books first published in English in the award year, including translations, are eligible for selection. New editions of previously published works are ineligible (including new translations of previously translated works). Books published by ISI Books or authored by ISI staff are not eligible for the award. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
In accepting the award, the winner agrees to give a public lecture in early October of the award year at ISI's F. M. Kirby Campus in Wilmington, Delaware.
To nominate a book: Please send two new copies, together with any promotional materials sent out by the publisher (including an author photograph) to:
The Henry & Anne Paolucci Book Award
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
3901 Centerville Road
Wilmington, DE 19807-1938