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Honors for Erskine Clarke and Dwelling Place


Decatur, GA—Erskine Clarke, professor of American religious history at Columbia Theological Seminary, has been awarded two prestigious literary prizes for Dwelling Place: A Plantation Epic published in 2005 by Yale University Press. Selected as the best book on Georgia history published in 2005, Dwelling Place earned Clarke the 2006 Bell Award of the Georgia Historical Society. Clarke has also been selected by Columbia University to receive a Bancroft Prize awarded for distinguished work in American history. The Bell Award will be presented at the Georgia Historical Society’s 167th Annual Meeting at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2006, in the reading room of Hodgson Hall, the Society's statewide headquarters building in Savannah, GA. Bob Schieffer, nationally acclaimed journalist and anchor of CBS Evening News, will deliver the keynote address that evening at 7 p.m. at the Lucas Theater in Savannah. For additional information about this event go to The Bancroft Prize, one of the most prestigious in the field of history, carries a $10,000 cash award for each winner. Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger will present Clarke with the award on Wednesday, April 26 at a formal dinner to be held at the school's Low Memorial Library. For more information about the Bancroft Prize go to To learn more about Dwelling Place, visit the Columbia Theological Seminary Web site’s news archives at Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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