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Schools honor Emilie Townes, Margaret Farley

Emilie Townes, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology, and Margaret Farley, the Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics, and have been honored, respectively, by the University of Chicago Divinity School and the College of Mount St. Joseph.

Townes, who joined the YDS faculty in 2005, was named alumna of the year by the University of Chicago Divinity School, which awarded her a doctor of ministry degree in 1982. She also earned an M.A. from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

The Alumnus of the Year award recognizes outstanding achievement by graduates of the Divinity School and has been awarded annually since 1947. Past recipients include Peter Paris, Rebecca Chopp, R. Scott Appleby, and William LaFleur.

Townes will deliver her Alumna of the Year address at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2008, in Swift Lecture Hall at the University of Chicago Divinity School. A reception will follow. Read the University of Chicago Divinity School's announcement.

Farley, a widely known Christian ethicist who was on the faculty of YDS from 1971 to 2007, was awarded the Seton Medal from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati in ceremonies held Oct. 17.

The St. Elizabeth Seton Medal is named in honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Sisters of Charity, the congregation that established the college in 1920 and today continues to sponsor it. The college established the St. Elizabeth Seton Medal in 1996 in honor of the Mount's 75th anniversary and to recognize distinguished women in theology.

After the award presentation, Farley presented a lecture titled "Gender, Faith and Responses to HIV/AIDS in Africa." She is a co-founder of the Project on Gender, Faith, and Reponses to HIV/AIDS in Africa, and co-director of the All-Africa Conference: Sister to Sister, which facilitates responses to HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. Read the College of Mount St. Joseph's announcement.

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