Schedule

About the Workshop   

Day 1: Religious Responses to Coronavirus

Session 1 (9:00-10:20 AM): Presentations

Session 2 (10:30-11:50 AM): Discussion

Session 3 (1:00-2:20 PM): Presentations

Session 4 (2:30-4:00 PM): Responses

Special Guest: Olivia Wilkinson, Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities

Day 2: When Black Lives Matter, So Does Faith

Session 1 (9:00-10:20 AM): Presentations

Session 2 (10:30-11:50 AM): Discussion

Session 3 (1:00-2:20 PM): Presentations

Session 4 (2:30-4:00 PM): Responses

Special Guest: Simran Jeet Singh, Religion News Service

Day 3: Polarizing Religion: Faith and Partisanship in the 2020 Elections

Session 1 (9:00-10:20 AM): Presentations 5

Session 2 (10:30-11:50 AM): Presentations 6

Session 3 (1:00-2:20 PM): Responses

Special Guest: Alan Cooperman, Pew Research Center

Concluding Session (6:00-8:30 PM): Hindsight is 2020 Public Panel

About the Sessions

Each of the three days will be broken down into four sessions. These sessions will be facilitated by Mahan Mirza and Alex Hsu, scholars of religion at the Ansari Institute, and Richard G. Jones, the Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Director of the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy at the University of Notre Dame, an expert on religion and the media. The program will also feature select content experts invited to share their research and experiences. We feature a variety of session formats: presentations, discussions, responses, and a public panel.

Sessions will include: 

  • Presentations (10 to 20 minutes each) on a featured event.Through carefully selected cases and published articles, journalists will walk us through the process of writing a story, from inception to publication to fielding public response; faith leaders will comment on media coverage and encounters with media and academics, or share their own community’s perspectives on issues that received excellent or poor coverage; academics will clarify their own concerns about accuracy, representation, complexity, and ethics in their work of research, teaching, and institution-building. A discussant will identify shared themes and challenges, panelists will respond to questions, and open discussion will follow.
     
  • Discussions, where we will explore short pre-circulated readings to be determined: pieces of longform journalism that may serve as case-studies; academic states-of-the-field; and sets of media guidelines developed by religious institutions.
     
  • Response sessions, where a facilitator will separate attendees into small groups to craft written responses to problems identified before or during the other sessions, as well as sets of best practices, dialogues, manifestos, and memoranda.
     
  • A concluding panel session, where two representatives from each of the three participating groups will be invited to offer prepared remarks. They may choose to incorporate perspectives they learned from the workshops.