Esteemed group includes leading scholars, Nobel laureates
MILWAUKEE – Dr. Ulrich Lehner, associate professor of theology at Marquette University, has been elected to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
“Dr. Lehner exemplifies what it means to be a scholar and his election to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts is well justified,” said Dr. Margaret Callahan, interim provost at Marquette. “His expertise in religious history provides important context to many of the questions and issues the world continues to face today.”
Based in Salzburg, Austria, the European Academy of Sciences and Arts is an interdisciplinary network of scholars from various fields who focus on scientific, social, cultural and ethical issues concerning the region. Lehner is the first Marquette scholar inducted into the academy.
Following the end of the Cold War in 1990, the academy was created to engage and promote greater dialogue between leading world scholars. Today, it has more than 1,500 members, including 29 Nobel laureates. The academy’s seven branches are devoted to medicine, the humanities, the arts, natural sciences, the environment, economics/social sciences/law and world religions.
Lehner is an internationally recognized scholar in early modern religious history and theology. In 2012 he was awarded the John Gilmary Shea Prize by the American Catholic Historical Association for his book, Enlightened Monks: The German Benedictines. The award recognizes a book that has made the most significant and unprecedented contribution to the knowledge of Catholic history, as decided by the association. He has also held numerous fellowships, including at the Princeton Institute of Advanced Studies, the Notre Dame Institute of Advanced Study, the International Research Center for Comparative History of Religious Orders in Germany, and most recently at the Earhart Foundation.
Dr. Richard Holz, dean of Marquette University Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, says the academy and scholars it welcomes as members, like Dr. Lehner, represent the value and importance of the liberal arts and sciences. “The world is increasingly faced with complex and diverse issues. Scholars like Dr. Lehner and the other members of the academy help us understand and interpret the past and enable us to contemplate the future,” said Dr. Holz.