The John Wesley Honors College at Indiana Wesleyan University has the privilege each year of awarding the Aldersgate Prize. Motivated by the ethos of its liberal learning community, this book prize celebrates the outstanding achievement of an author whose scholarly inquiry challenges reductionist trends in academia by yielding a broad, integrative analysis of life’s complexities and shedding fresh light on ultimate questions that enliven Christian conceptions of human flourishing.
Dr. Christina Bieber Lake, the Clyde S. Kilby Professor of English at Wheaton College, is the recipient of the 2014 Aldersgate Prize for her book, Prophets of the Posthuman: American Literature, Biotechnology, and the Ethics of Personhood.
After reviewing some seventy nominations for this year’s prize, the selection committee was most impressed with Bieber Lake’s wide-ranging and prophetic interrogation of the assumptions and aspirations that animate our biotechnological age. As one committee member put it, “By drawing deeply on the particular strengths of her discipline, Bieber Lake demonstrates compellingly that we can navigate the treacherous ethical terrain of biogenetic technology with greater confidence and acumen by becoming careful readers of certain influential authors of American fiction whose stories have already mapped out the topography of this terrain in vivid and thought-provoking detail.”
Bieber Lake will accept the Aldersgate Prize and its monetary award of $3,500 at the 2015 Celebration of Scholarship Luncheon (April 17, 2015) at Indiana Wesleyan University, where she will offer the keynote address.
Read more about this year’s Aldersgate Prize here.