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Religion Professor Receives John Cobb Common Good Award

McDaniel, Jay 20101006 - 15160471_webCONWAY, Ark. (May 19, 2014) – Hendrix College religious studies professor Dr. Jay McDaniel received the John Cobb Common Good Award at banquet held in conjunction the eighth annual Conference on Ecological Civilization at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif.

The event included 100 participants, 60 from China and 40 from the United States, and was sponsored by Pitzer College, the University of Seattle, the Institute for the Postmodern Development of China (based in Claremont), the Center for Process Studies (based in Claremont), China Ecological Civilization and Postmodern Association (based in China), the Central Bureau of translation of the Chinese government (based in China), and the Harbin Institute for Technology (based in China).  

McDaniel spoke after the award banquet at Pilgrim Place, a retirement community where many retired Methodist and other ministers live.  

“I tried to spread the good word about all we are about with them and many others,” he said. “

At the conference and also at the banquet, liberal arts education and our emphasis on engaged citizenship got a very good hearing.”

McDaniel was also interviewed by Xinhua, a Chinese news agency.   

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit