JTS Presents “Religion and the Media”

Panel of TV, Print, and Online Luminaries to Discuss the Current State of Religion Coverage

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November 11, 2011, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) will host “Religion and the Media” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at its campus at 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street, in New York City). The event, a Jack and Lewis Rudin lecture, is cosponsored by the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of JTS. Admission is free, but reservations are required. RSVP online at www.jtsa.edu/religion or call (212) 280-6093. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow sufficient time for registration, and have photo ID available.

Religion increasingly affects world events. But do the media (print, television, online) truly understand each of the religions they cover? Is current religion coverage adequate to the task? Are there better ways for the media to address religion and religious issues? Hear and engage with a panel of media luminaries from the New York Times, ABC News, and the Huffington Post. The dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism will moderate.

Juju Chang, panelist, is an Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC News’s Nightline. She also reports regularly for Good Morning America (GMA) and 20/20, and hosts Moms Get Real, a digital program for ABC News NOW. Previously, she was the news anchor for GMA and a producer at World News Tonight.

Reverend Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, panelist, is the senior religion editor for the Huffington Post. He was an original editor and contributing editor at Beliefnet.com, and has appeared on ABC World News Tonight, CNN, and NPR. An ordained Baptist minister, Reverend Raushenbush served as the associate dean of religious life and the chapel at Princeton University.

Brent Staples, panelist, writes for the New York Times editorial board on a wide range of topics, including politics, culture, race, education, housing, consumer economics, juvenile justice, and prison policy. He was previously an assistant metropolitan editor for the paper and an editor of its Book Review. He is a frequent contributor to the Book Review and the Times Magazine.

Nicholas Lemann, moderator, is dean of the Columbia Journalism School. Under his leadership, the school has launched significant new initiatives in investigative reporting, digital journalism, and executive leadership for news organizations. Lemann, who has published five books, is a staff writer for the New Yorker and has written widely for the New Republic and other publications.

The Jack and Lewis Rudin Lectures provide the opportunity for eminent academics, religious leaders, intellectuals, and public figures to discuss topics of interest with the JTS community and the public at large. Since 1938, JTS’s Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies has maintained an innovative interfaith and intergroup relations program that emphasizes conversation among diverse communities.

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