Media permeates society. It has become a constant presence in our lives, and shapes public discourse, including the ways we talk about and understand religion. At this event, Conversationalists representing different faith communities and working within different spheres of the media, will discuss the role and responsibility of the media as a primary source of religious literacy in the United States. Attendees will also break out into small groups and explore their own responses to reports on religion in news and entertainment media. This event will be moderated by Rabbi Dr. Rebecca Alpert, Senior Associate Dean, Temple University College of Liberal Arts.
A reception before this program will begin promptly at 5:45 PM.
Conversationalists: Wajahat Ali, Journalist | Rev. Dr. Malcolm Byrd – Senior Manager – American Bible Society | Dr. Besheer Mohamed – Senior Research, PEW | Suhag Shukla, Esq., Executive Director – Hindu American Foundation
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This event is part of Interfaith Philadelphia’s “A Year of Civil Conversations.” In 2019, Interfaith Philadelphia is offering a series of public conversations that model the skills needed to navigate complex topics within critical relationships. We plan to highlight the nuance of topics, postures for listening, and transferable skills around navigating difference. Each conversation will feature a special moderator and featured guests engaging in provocative topics that are current, potentially divisive, and connected to the general theme of interfaith understanding.
This project is supported in part by an award from the John Templeton Foundation, with gratitude to all of our sponsors: https://www.interfaithphiladelphia.org/sponsorships