Theologian elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

by Dennis Brown

Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He will be formally inducted in October at the House of the Academy in Cambridge, Mass.p. Founded during the American Revolution by John Adams, John Hancock and others, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is the nation’s leading learned society. It recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science, scholarship, public affairs and the arts.p. “The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is unique for its breadth and scope,” said Leslie C. Berlowitz, the organization’s executive officer. “Throughout its history, the academy has gathered individuals with diverse perspectives to participate in studies and projects focusing on advancing intellectual thought and constructive action in American society.”p. Father Gutierrez is best known as the author of the foundational text for liberation theology, “A Theology of Liberation.” His other major books touch as well on issues of spirituality and Latin American history, and include, “We Drink From Our Own Wells: The Spiritual Journey of A People,” “On Job: God-Talk and the Suffering of the Innocent,” “The Truth Shall Make You Free,” and “The God of Life”, “Las Casas” and “In Search of the Poor of Jesus Christ.”p. After studies in medicine and literature in Peru, Father Gutierrez studied psychology and philosophy at l’Universite Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and earned his doctorate at l’Universite Catholique de Lyon (France).p. Father Gutierrez previously served as a principal professor at the Pontifical University of Peru, and has been a visiting professor at many major universities in North America and Europe. He is a member of the Peruvian Academy of Language, and in 1993 he was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government for his tireless work for human dignity and life, and against oppression, in Latin America and the Third World.p. Eight other Notre Dame faculty members have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In the order of their election they are: Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus and professor emeritus of theology; Alvin Plantinga, John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy; Alasdair MacIntyre, research professor of philosophy; Rev. Ernan McMullin, John Cardinal O’Hara Professor Emeritus of Philosophy; Timothy O’Meara, provost emeritus and Howard J. Kenna Professor of Mathematics; Guillermo O’Donnell, professor of government and international studies; Roberto DaMatta, Edmund P. Joyce Professor of Anthropology; and Eugene Ulrich, Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology.p. Donald R. Keough, chair emeritus of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees, was elected to the academy this year for business, corporate and philanthropic leadership, joining other notable figures such as Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., former Sen. Warren Rudman, violinist Itzhak Perlman and actress Anjelica Huston.

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