July 31-August 3, 2022, University of Notre Dame Campus

All sessions, plus breakfasts and lunches, will be in 1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

All dinners will be in the Morris Inn

July 31: Arrival

Dinner (6:00-7:00 PM)

August 1 : Preserving Memories

Breakfast (8:00-8:30 AM)

Welcome (8:30-8:35)

Session 1 (9:00-10:15 AM): Presentations I

Session 2 (10:35-11:50 AM): Responses I: “Our Professions”

Lunch (12:00-12:50 PM)

Session 3 (1:00-2:15 PM): Presentations II

Session 4 (2:35-3:50 PM): Discussion I

Dinner (6:00-7:00 PM)

August 2: Providing Contexts

Breakfast (8:00-9:00 AM)

Session 1 (9:00-10:15 AM): Presentations III

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

Lunch (12:00-12:50 PM)

Session 3 (1:00-2:15 PM): Presentations IV 

Session 4 (2:30-3:50 PM): Responses II: “How We Tell Stories”

Dinner (6:00-7:00 PM)

August 3: Preparing Lessons

Breakfast (8:00-9:00 AM)

Session 1 (9:00-10:15 AM): Presentations V

Session 2 (10:35-11:50 AM): Presentations VI

Lunch (12:00-12:50 PM)

Session 3 (1:00-2:15 PM): Responses III: “Feedback and Futures”

Optional Campus Tour (2:30-4:00)

Public Reception (5:00-6:00 PM)

Concluding Session (6:00-7:30 PM) 

Dinner: 8:00 PM

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. 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 (15-20 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 may 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 discuss how our professional lives shape the stories we tell, and to begin to craft written responses to problems identified before or during the other sessions.
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.