Willamette professors named finalists for Oregon Book Awards

by University Communications,

Willamette professors Steven K. Green and Andrea Stolowitz have both been named finalists for an Oregon Book Award. Winners will be announced at the 26th Oregon Book Awards ceremony April 8.

“This award validates the strength of my work, both personally and on a regional and national level,” Stolowitz says. “It is awards such as these which continually assist writers in having their work further recognized and promoted. It is an honor to be among such a group of high achieving and talented finalists."

Stolowitz is a visiting English professor, whose play, “Antarktikos,” was named an Angus L. Bowmer Award finalist for drama. “Antarktikos” is about saying goodbye to those one loves and reaching closure when someone dies.

The play was the recipient of the 2012 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama and will world premiere at the Pittsburgh Playhouse in March.

Green is the Fred H. Paulus Professor of Law at Willamette’s College of Law, in addition to being the director of the Center for Religion, Law & Democracy. His book, “The Bible, the School, and the Constitution,” was nominated for the Oregon Book Award’s Frances Fuller Victor Award for general nonfiction.

The book is about the contentious issue of school prayer and the public funding of religious schools. As Green points out, the issue over Bible reading in public schools first captured national attention just after the Civil War, between 1863 and 1876.

Since its publication, “The Bible, the School, and the Constitution,” has garnered acclaim in such publications as Publishers Weekly and The Washington Times. Green is also the author of several other works on law and religion, including the book, “The Second Disestablishment: Church and State in Nineteenth Century America.”