December 16, 2008, 12:00 - 2:00 PM - Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters
The Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom
In partnership with
The Media Project of the Oxford Centre for Religion & Public Life
Held a panel discussion of a new book
BLIND SPOT: When Journalists Don't Get Religion
Tuesday, December 16th
12:00 - 2:00 P.M.
Hertzke, Marshall, Sullivan, Fradkin, Waldman
The Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom hosted a panel discussion of the new book Blind Spot: When Journalists Don't Get Religion. The book was co-edited by Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Roberta Green Ahmanson and published by Oxford University Press on December 1, 2008.
In today's world, a broad understanding of religious beliefs can no longer remain the bailiwick of "religion" editors alone, but must inform the work of all who gather and report the news. The panel will discuss the dangers inherent when journalists miss, misinterpret, or simply fail to report the religious dynamics in world news.
Paul Marshall is co-editor of Blind Spot and Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom. He is the author and editor of more than 20 books on religion and politics and is a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and National Public Radio, among dozens of other media outlets.
Allen Hertzke is a contributor to Blind Spot, Presidential Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma, author of Freeing God's Children: The Unlikely Alliance for Global Human Rights(2004), Echoes of Discontent (1992), and Representing God in Washington (1988), and co-author of Religion and Politics in America, a comprehensive text now in its third edition (2004).
Steven Waldman is the Editor-in-Chief, President and Co-Founder of Beliefnet, and author of Founding Faith: Politics, Providence and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America, just published by Random House. Before co-founding Beliefnet in 1999, Waldman served as National Editor of U.S. News & World Report and National Correspondent for Newsweek.
Amy Sullivan is a national correspondent for Time magazine, and author of book The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats are Closing the God Gap. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and she was previously an editor of The Washington Monthly.
The panel was chaired by Hillel Fradkin, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center on Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World and founder of the journal Current Trends in Islamist Ideology.
Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center
1015 15th Street, NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
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