Hopkins professor Harper wins award for book on religion


Ralph Harper, an adjunct professor of humanities at Johns Hopkins University and retired rector of St. James Church in Monkton, has won the $150,000 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his 1991 book, "On Presence: Variations and Reflections."

The award is given jointly by the University of Louisville and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary to writers and artists who "are able to present ideas in such a way so to inspire the rest of us to the best of our spiritual capabilities," according to David Hester, acting director for the Grawemeyer Award.

The award is named for H. Charles Grawemeyer, a retired Louisville businessman and philanthropist, who has also established awards in music, education and "world order."

Dr. Harper, who will receive $30,000 a year for five years, said he was "very pleased" with the award, which was announced yesterday in Louisville.

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