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Grawemeyer Award winner Susan R. Holman to discuss global health issues at Louisville Seminary April 13

Mar 09, 2016

Both faith-based and human rights organizations work to address global health issues, but divergent ideological approaches can create discord and ultimately undermine the efforts of both groups.

Susan HolmanOn Wednesday, April 13, Susan R. Holman (pictured) will discuss how incorporating religious views and traditions with dialogue about economic and social rights can be useful in combating global health problems as part of her Grawemeyer lecture, “Health Justice — Hermeneutic of Blessing?” The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, Kentucky, 40205). A reception and book signing will follow.

Holman’s ideas are examined in her book, Beholden: Religion, Global Health, and Human Rights, which earned her the 2016 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Holman is a writer and scholar who works in the intersections of public health, the history of faith-based responses to poverty, and social history. She is a senior writer at the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University, where she serves as the lead writer on “translational” educational public goods that connect health-related issues across a multidisciplinary social context.

Since 1998, she has served as an independent researcher on religion and the history of public/global health and ethics, with a focus on contemporary relevance to faith communities and health justice. Formerly an academic research writer and editor at Harvard School of Public Health, she has also worked in clinical nutrition.

Holman’s lecture coincides with lectures in Louisville by the other 2016 Grawemeyer Award winners, who will discuss their winning works at programs hosted by the University of Louisville through mid-April. The University of Louisville presents Grawemeyer Awards each year in music composition, world order, psychology and education. The University of Louisville and Louisville Seminary jointly give an award in religion. This year’s awards are $100,000 each. For a complete list of 2016 Grawemeyer Award recipients and a schedule of their public talks, log onto www.grawemeyer.org.

About the Louisville Grawemeyer Awards
The Grawemeyer Award in Religion honors annually the most significant contributions to religious and spiritual understanding. Louisville Seminary, jointly with the University of Louisville, awards the $100,000 prize to honor and publicize creative and significant insights into the relationship between human beings and the divine. The award also recognizes ways in which this relationship may inspire or empower human beings to attain wholeness, integrity, or meaning, either individually or in community. The first Grawemeyer award, Music Composition, was presented by the University of Louisville in 1985. The award for Ideas Improving World Order was added in 1988 and Education in 1989. In 1990 the Religion award was added as a joint prize with Louisville Seminary. Psychology was added in 2000, with the first award given in 2001. See www.grawemeyer.org for more information.
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