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Catherine Ruth Pakaluk, Ph.D., the 2015 Novak Award winner, will present her new academic paper and receive the $10,000 prize at the 15th Annual Calihan Lecture.  Catherine Pakaluk is Assistant Professor of Economics at Ave Maria University and Founder-Director of the Stein Center for Social Research at Ave Maria University. She currently works in the areas of demography, family studies, the economics of education and religion, and the interpretation of Catholic social thought.

The Novak Award is made possible by the generosity of Joseph L. Calihan and family and is named in honor of the religious philosopher, Michael Novak. It is given annually by the Acton Institute to a scholar who has conducted promising new research into the interrelation of religion and economic liberty.

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