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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (September 13, 2011) – Dr. Hunter Baker of Union University will give the 11th annual Calihan Lecture on Wednesday, October 5, at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. Baker will speak on “Social Justice, Government, and Society." The Calihan Lecture is delivered by the recipient of the Novak Award, a $10,000 prize.

All are welcome to attend the reception at 5:30 p.m. and the lecture at 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public; however, due to limited seating, advance registration is required. To register, please visit

Baker's presentation will conclude a day-long conference, “Whole Life Discipleship: Integrating Faith, Economics, & Work,” which will consist of two other lectures and a panel discussion. The conference explores the nature of the human person and the created order from the perspectives of Scripture and natural law, exploring the moral, political, religious and economic principles underlying a free and virtuous society. The event is co-sponsored by the Regent University School of Undergraduate Studies. To register for the “Whole Life Discipleship” conference, please visit

Hunter Baker serves as associate dean of arts and sciences and associate professor of political science at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. He is the author of The End of Secularism (Crossway Academic, 2009), co-founder of The City, a journal of Christian thought, is a contributing editor to Salvo, and has been published in numerous publications including  the Journal of Markets & MoralityJournal of Law and Religion, ThemeliosThe Regent University Law Review, and The American Spectator.

The Novak Award is named after the theologian and social philosopher, Michael Novak. The award acknowledges and rewards those who, relatively early in their academic careers, have made significant contributions to the study of the relationship between religion and economic liberty, and who are deemed likely to make further important contributions. Recipients of the Novak Award make a formal presentation on such issues at an annual public forum known as the Calihan Lecture. The Novak award forms part of a range of scholarships and awards available from the Acton Institute. Details of these scholarships may be found at

Contact Charissa Romens at (616) 454-3080 or [email protected] for more information.

About the Acton Institute

With its commitment to pursue a society that is free and virtuous, the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty is a leading voice in the national environmental and social policy debate. The Acton Institute is uniquely positioned to comment on the sound economic and moral foundations necessary to sustain humane environmental and social policies.

The Acton Institute is a nonprofit, ecumenical think tank located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Institute works internationally to "promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles."

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