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Hofstra Accepting Nominations for Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize

HEMPSTEAD, New York, March 20 /PRNewswire/ --

- US$50,000 international prize to be awarded in 2008

Hofstra University is accepting applications for the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize, a US$50,000 award for a living individual or organization who has contributed to the promotion of constructive dialogue between faith communities.

The prize will be awarded biannually beginning in 2008. The winner will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges composed of religious leaders, academics and individuals known for their commitment to interfaith dialogue. Award recipients will have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, courage and a capacity for inspiring in others a willingness to embrace the vulnerability that is the key to true religious dialogue.

The deadline for the 2008 prize is July 1, 2007.

The goal of this international award is to bring greater visibility to the critical role that religious dialogue plays in the pursuit of peace and to provide direct support for the furtherance of such activities. Guru Nanak, founder of Sikhism, taught that we locate our oneness with humanity by exploring the differences that separate us.

The prize was funded by a generous gift from the family of Ishar Singh Bindra and will be awarded by Hofstra in collaboration with the Sardarni Kuljit Kaur Bindra Charitable Foundation.

Serving as the honorary committee for the prize is the Hon. I.K. Gujral, former prime minister of India; Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu; the Hon. Charles Schumer and the Hon. Norm Coleman, U.S. senators; Rabbi David Rosen of the American Jewish Committee; Dr. Martin Marty of The Martin Marty Center; Mr. Khushwant Singh, historian and journalist; and Mr. Tarlochan Singh, Member of Parliament, India.

Nominators should provide a brief description of themselves (no more than 100 words) and a two-page letter describing the individual or organization being nominated and the activities the nominator believes qualify the nominee for consideration. Nominations may be submitted electronically at, in writing to Dean Bernard J. Firestone, Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 200A Heger Hall, 115 Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549-1115, or by e-mail at .

Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution located 25 miles east of New York City where students find their edge to succeed in more than 140 undergraduate and 155 graduate programs in liberal arts and sciences, business, communication, education and allied human services, and honors studies, and a School of Law.

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