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    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Maximilian B. Torres, professor of business administration at the University of Navarra in Barcelona, Spain, has been selected from a large field of international nominees as the winner of the Acton Institute’s 2003 Novak Award. In the fall, Prof. Torres will deliver the Acton Institute’s annual Calihan Lecture at a major American university, after which he will formally be presented with the award.

    Prof. Torres is an outstanding emerging scholar in the area of business ethics and organizational behavior. A former financial services executive, he has very quickly established a formidable reputation in North America and European circles for the conciseness of his thought, the quality of his refereed publications, and an excellent rapport with students. As well as holding a professorship at the University of Navarra’s IESE Business School, Prof. Torres has been a visiting professor at several other institutions, including Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business.

    The Acton Institute annually gives the Novak award, named in honor of contemporary religious philosopher Michael Novak, to an outstanding scholar who has conducted promising new research in the interrelation of religion and economic liberty. The award, which carries a $10,000 cash prize, is made possible by the generosity of Joseph L. Calihan and the Calihan family in appreciation and admiration for Novak’s scholarly contributions in the areas of economics and theology.

    All nominations for the 2004 Novak Award must be received by August 31. Individuals who have recently received a doctoral degree are eligible to apply, as are current doctoral students in an accredited domestic or international program in theology, religion, economics, philosophy, or business. For more information about the Novak award or any of the Institute’s student fellowship programs, please visit

    About the Acton Institute

    The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, ecumenical think tank located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Founded in 1990, the Institute works internationally to “promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.” For more information, visit

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