Faith in the Story: Religious Futures

December 12-14, 2022
1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
University of Notre Dame (map)

Welcome: Sunday, December 11

6:00 to 7:00 Dinner (Innisfree Bed & Breakfast)

Day 1: Monday, December 12

8:00 to 8:30 AM EST Breakfast

8:30 to 8:50 Welcome (Mirza)

8:50 to 9:00 Introduction to the Workshop (Hsu)

9:00 to 10:15 Session 1 – Presentations (Joyce, DeCort, Childs)

10:35 to 11:50 Session 2 – Responses: “Our Professions”

12:00 to 12:50 PM Lunch

1:00 to 2:15 Session 3 – Presentations (Annett, Avalos)

2:35 to 3:50 Session 4 – Discussion (Cajka and Hsu)

6:00 to 7:00 Dinner 

Day 2: Tuesday, December 13

8:00 to 9:00 AM Breakfast

9:00 to 10:15 Session 1 – Presentations (Jenkins, Clayville)

10:30 to 11:50 Session 2 – Responses: “How we Tell Stories”

12:00 to 12:50 PM Lunch

1:00 to 2:15 Session 3 – Presentations (Gleig, Mandalaparthy, Whitaker)

2:30 to 3:50 Session 4 – Viewing and Discussion (Rahman)

6:00 to 7:00 Dinner

Day 3: Wednesday, December 14

8:00 to 9:00 AM Breakfast

9:00 to 10:15 Session 1 – Presentations (Ventre, Tully, Rubin)

10:35 to 11:50 Session 2 – Presentations (Ibrahim, Rivers)

12:00 to 12:50 PM Lunch

1:00 to 2:15 Session 3 – Responses: “Feedback and Futures” (Mirza and Hsu)

2:30 to 4:00 Optional Campus Tour

5:00 to 6:00 Public Reception

6:00 to 7:30 Concluding Session –  Religious Futures: Forecasting the Next Chapters in the Story of Humanity (Ibrahim, Jenkins, Rivers, Ventre)

8:00 to 9:00 Dinner

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 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. 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 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.