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Business and Economics Chair to Accept Novak Award at Lecture on "Consumerism, Subsidiarity and the Market"

WHEN: 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8

WHERE: The Catholic University of America
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


Andrew Abela, chair of the Department of Business and Economics, will deliver the Ninth Annual Calihan Lecture at Catholic University to celebrate his acceptance of the 2009 Novak Award. His lecture is titled "Consumerism, Subsidiarity and the Market."

Named after distinguished American theologian Michael Novak, this $10,000 award rewards new outstanding scholarly research into the relationship between religion, economic freedom, and the free and virtuous society. The award recognizes scholars early in their academic career who demonstrate outstanding intellectual merit in advancing the understanding of theology's connection to human dignity, the importance of the rule of law, limited government, religious liberty and freedom in economic life.

Abela's research interests include consumerism, marketing ethics, Catholic social teaching and internal marketing communication. Abela explores Christian ethics to understand how the social impact of business can be addressed humanely and effectively through market-oriented approaches. To aid this work, he is currently preparing a catechism for business leaders, which will address tough ethical questions in business in light of Christian social ethics.

Abela is widely published in refereed academic and professional journals, including The Journal of Marketing, The Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science and The Journal of Markets & Morality.

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SPONSOR: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty