Hofstra Accepting Nominations for Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize

    $50,000 international prize to be awarded in 2008

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., March 20 /CNW/ -- Hofstra University is accepting
applications for the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize, a $50,000 award for a living
individual or organization who has contributed to the promotion of
constructive dialogue between faith communities.
    The prize will be awarded biannually beginning in 2008.  The winner will
be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges composed of religious leaders,
academics and individuals known for their commitment to interfaith dialogue.
Award recipients will have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, courage and
a capacity for inspiring in others a willingness to embrace the vulnerability
that is the key to true religious dialogue.

    The deadline for the 2008 prize is July 1, 2007.

    The goal of this international award is to bring greater visibility to
the critical role that religious dialogue plays in the pursuit of peace and to
provide direct support for the furtherance of such activities. Guru Nanak,
founder of Sikhism, taught that we locate our oneness with humanity by
exploring the differences that separate us.
    The prize was funded by a generous gift from the family of Ishar Singh
Bindra and will be awarded by Hofstra in collaboration with the Sardarni
Kuljit Kaur Bindra Charitable Foundation.
    Serving as the honorary committee for the prize is the Hon. I.K. Gujral,
former prime minister of India; Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond
Tutu; the Hon. Charles Schumer and the Hon. Norm Coleman, U.S. senators; Rabbi
David Rosen of the American Jewish Committee; Dr. Martin Marty of The Martin
Marty Center; Mr. Khushwant Singh, historian and journalist; and Mr. Tarlochan
Singh, Member of Parliament, India.
    Nominators should provide a brief description of themselves (no more than
100 words) and a two-page letter describing the individual or organization
being nominated and the activities the nominator believes qualify the nominee
for consideration.  Nominations may be submitted electronically at
http://www.hofstra.edu/gurunanak , in writing to Dean Bernard J. Firestone,
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 200A Heger Hall, 115 Hofstra
University, Hempstead, NY 11549-1115, or by e-mail at
GuruNanakPrize@hofstra.edu .
    Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution located 25 miles east
of New York City where students find their edge to succeed in more than 140
undergraduate and 155 graduate programs in liberal arts and sciences,
business, communication, education and allied human services, and honors
studies, and a School of Law.

For further information:

For further information: Stuart Vincent of Hofstra University, (516)
463-6493, Web Site: http://www.hofstra.edu/gurunanak

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