About the Award

The Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize was created by the late Professor Joseph B. Gittler to recognize outstanding and lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic and/or religious relations.

The Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Endowed Fund at Brandeis University supports this annual award.

The award includes a cash prize of $25,000 and a medal. The prize and medal are presented at a ceremony that includes a reception and a public lecture by the recipient on the Brandeis campus.

2014–15 Award Presentation and Lecture


Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P.:
"Liberation Theology and Social Activism"

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
4 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall
Goldfarb Library

A world-renowned Catholic Dominican priest from Peru, now a professor at the University of Notre Dame, Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P. is a founder of Liberation Theology, which combines theology with social activism.

His book, "A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, Salvation," is widely considered one of the most important works in 20th-century theology. Gutiérrez was awarded the French Legion of Honor “for his tireless work for human dignity and life, and against oppression.”

The Gittler Prize is hosted by the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life on behalf of the Office of the President.