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Duquesne Presents Inaugural de Places-Libermann Award

The Rev. Dr. Robert Hughes III will receive the inaugural des Places-Libermann Award in Pneumatology at Duquesne University’s sixth annual Holy Spirit Lecture and Colloquium.

The award was established to honor an individual who has made the most significant contribution to the area of pneumatology—the study of the spirit—during the last five years.

Hughes is being recognized for his book, Beloved Dust: Tides of the Spirit in Christian Life, which, as described by publisher Continuum, “takes a realistic and contemporary view of human being as entirely physical (dust) and then shows it immersed in three great tides of the Holy Spirit, the traditional threefold rhythm of conversion, transfiguration and glory.”

In addition to receiving the award, Hughes will deliver the keynote at the event, which will be held on Friday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom. His presentation, Dust and DNA: The Intertwining of Word and Spirit in History and the Trinitarian Life, will branch out from his book.

Prior to his lecture, Hughes will join four other international scholars from 1 to 4:30 p.m. for the colloquium segment of the event, during which the group will explore the same theme as Hughes’ evening presentation.

When: Friday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m.

Where: The Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University, Forbes Avenue at Chatham Square, Pittsburgh.

Information: The Holy Spirit Lecture and Colloquium is free and open to the public. For more information, call 412.396.6526 or visit


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