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Connecticut Harper Lecture with Margaret M. Mitchell: Talking about Religion in Public
The dean of the Divinity School looks at the role of academic study of religion in relation to contemporary media coverage.

Cost: $20 General Admission
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In a May 2012 column, journalist Mark Oppenheimer argued that, in the American media scene, the comedian Jon Stewart is a religion teacher extraordinaire. Much can be said about this judgment on Stewart (which has predictably raised some strong reactions on both sides), but what is perhaps universally agreed is Oppenheimer's appraisal that it is difficult "to find good writing about religion" and "harder still to find good television about religion." By examining several case studies plucked from recent headlines, Mitchell will explore the question of the proper role of the academic study of religion in relation to contemporary media coverage.

Margaret M. Mitchell, AM'82, PhD'89, is dean of the Divinity School and the Shailer Mathews professor of New Testament and early Christian literature. She is a literary historian of ancient Christianity whose research and teaching span a range of topics in New Testament and early Christian writings through the end of the fourth century. Author of four books and co-editor (with Frances M. Young) of the 2006 Cambridge History of Christianity, Volume 1: Origins to Constantine, her current projects include a volume of translations of occasional sermons by John Chrysostom on Pauline passages (for the Writings from the Greco-Roman World series) and a commentary on 2 Corinthians. She has lectured on topics including "How Biblical is the Christian Right?" and "Playing with Fire: The Task of the Divinity School."
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Sunday, Sep 29 2013 at 2:00pm - 4:00pm [ iCal ]
Hyatt Regency Greenwich
1800 East Putnam Avenue
Old Greenwich, CT 06870