Klassen Receives Excellence in Publishing Award
The Association of Catholic Publishers has given Norm Klassen a 3rd place 2017 Excellence in Publishing Award – Theology, for his work The Fellowship of the Beatific Vision: Chaucer on Overcoming Tyranny and Becoming Ourselves, Cascade Books (Wipf and Stock). Awards are given out in multiple categories including a Book of the Year.
In this book, Klassen pursues English writer/poet Geoffrey Chaucer’s basic human question: How do we overcome tyranny? According to Klassen, Chaucer’s answer goes to the heart of a revolutionary way of thinking about the very end of human existence and the nature of created being. His answer also invites us to ask questions about modernity and postmodernity. Klassen said, “In my view, postmodernism has created the conditions of possibility for reintroducing or reconsidering old or alternative conceptions of being and for imagining what this yields in the case of Chaucer.”
Klassen, Associate Professor in the English Departments at St. Jerome’s University and the University of Waterloo, adds this achievement to his fellowships and other awards, which include: the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities Networking Grant: Neohumanism and the Ethical Turn in Theological Perspective; The Dean’s Innovative Teaching Award; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship; SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship; and the Overseas Research Scheme Award. Klassen’s work on The Fellowship was also recently recognized at the St. Jerome’s University’s 10th Annual Author Event.
The Mission of the Association of Catholic Publishers supports a viable, vibrant, and diverse Catholic publishing environment throughout North America and beyond. It seeks to provide visibility to, advocacy for, and sustainability of published Catholic content. The “Excellence in Catholic Publishing Awards” recognize the best in Catholic publishing.
“I am delighted to hear that Norm’s work is being recognized by the ACP,” noted St. Jerome’s University Vice President Academic and Dean Scott Kline. “Kline added, “We are proud of our faculty’s research and publishing efforts. Having this type of acknowledgement from a respected international organization is a fitting tribute to Norm’s creative work, and it speaks to the importance we place on interdisciplinary research and scholarship at St. Jerome’s.”
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