Religion Editor for CNN to Deliver Lecture

The Department Religious Studies is pleased to announce the inaugural Religion and  Public Life Fellow lecture.  The Religion and Public Life Fellow is an Atlanta-based high-profile professional who joins the Department for one academic year.  This professional — who works in the media, politics, the corporate world, the arts, or a non-profit organization — will explore  how religion plays a role in his/her profession. The Fellow will present a public lecture; meet with Department faculty, and work with undergraduate and graduate students throughout the academic year.

This year’s Fellow, Dan Gilgoff, Religion Editor for, will be delivering the talk: “What Media and Academia Can Teach Each Other About Religion” on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at 6:00 pm at the Rialto Theater.

Gilgoff is the author of The Jesus Machine: How James Dobson, Focus on the Family, and Evangelical America are Winning the Culture War (St. Martin’s Press, March 2007). His writing has also been published in USA Today, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Congressional Quarterly, Washington City Paper, and Wine Enthusiast. He was recently awarded one of three American Academy of Religion Awards for Best In-Depth Newswriting on Religion.  Gilgoff has appeared on CNN, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, CNN Headline News, and Court TV.

Interested in learning more? The following are just a few of the books in the University Library on the topic of religion and the media:

Stout, Daniel A. Media and Religion: Foundations of an Emerging Field.  New York: Routledge, 2012.

Vecsey, Christopher. Following 9/11: Religion Coverage in the New York Times. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2011.

Arweck, Elisabether, Christopher Deacy, and Elizabeth Arweck. Exploring Religion and the Sacred in a Media Age. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2009.

Ryan, Michael. God in the Corridors of Power: Christian Conservatives, the Media, and Politics in America.  Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2009.

Marsden, Lee, and HeatherSavigny. Media, Religion and Conflict. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2009.

Badaracco, Claire. Quoting God: How Media Shape Ideas About Religion and Culture. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2005.

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