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Symposium on Religious Literacy and Business: Media & Entertainment

September 20–21, 2018

The Religious Literacy Project at Harvard Divinity School is pleased to announce its fourth symposium in the Religious Literacy and the Professions series.

Building on conversations started earlier in the series, this symposium will focus on the role of religious literacy in business, specifically in the business of media and entertainment.

Film, television, and other forms of entertainment media frequently include religious themes and characters, whether implicitly or explicitly. These on-screen representations shape how many Americans understand religion off-screen and how we interact with religious "others."

This symposium brings together media professionals and scholars of media, religion, and business to assess the state of religious literacy in the field and the role of entertainment media in shaping the public understanding of religion. Our aim is to foster critical reflection and collaborative relationships between scholars and media professionals in order to improve the religious literacy of the American public and reduce conflict and antagonism by encouraging more complicated, nuanced, and creative representations of religion on screen.

Filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail E. Disney will deliver the keynote address. See the full list of confirmed speakers.

This event will be held at Andover Hall (45 Francis Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138). It is free and open to the public, but space is limited and advance registration is strongly encouraged.