Religion Beyond Memes: Enhancing Public Discourse about Faith and Practice

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., October 18, 2019
Location: 1400 16th St NW, Washington, DC  


Third in the Contending Modernities series on Changing the Conversation about Religion.


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In a world where communications are based on 280-character word counts, influencer posts, and memes, how can reporters and educators effectively explain the complexities of religion? How can understanding of faith be expanded beyond generalizations and stereotypes?

Can academics, practitioners, and journalists collectively change the conversation about religion?

Join us for a free conference that brings together leading experts in media and higher education to discuss these and other important questions.

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This event is presented by the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs’ and its Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion. 

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Robert Costa

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Nichole M. Flores

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Emma Green

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Todd Green

Luther College

Mehdi Hasan

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Mahan Mirza

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Jolyon Mitchell

The University of Edinburgh

Ebrahim Moosa

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Michael J. Murray

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Atalia Omer

University of Notre Dame

Stephen Prothero

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