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A Conversation on Religion and the Media

How does the media influence our assumptions and our conversations about religion? How can we use media to develop religious literacy and foster civil conversations?

Media permeates society. It has become a constant presence in our lives and shapes public discourse including the ways we talk about and understand religion. At this event, conversationalists from a variety of faith communities and who work within different spheres of the media will discuss the role and responsibility of the media as a primary source of religious literacy in the United States. Attendees, working in small groups, will explore their own responses to reports on religion in news and entertainment media. This event is supported in part, by Temple's Department of Communication and Social Influence, and will be moderated by Rabbi Dr. Rebecca Alpert, Senior Associate Dean, Temple University College of Liberal Arts.

Our Conversationalists


Wajahat Ali is a journalist, writer, lawyer, an award-winning playwright, a TV personality, and a consultant for the U.S. State Department. He helped launch the Al Jazeera America network as co-host of The Stream, a daily news show that extended the conversation to social media and beyond. He was also a National Correspondent, Political Reporter, and Social Media Expert for Al Jazeera America... READ MORE


Rev. Dr. Malcolm Byrd: Having confessed and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord in early childhood; Malcolm was baptized at the age of 10 by his pastor Rev. Dr. M. M. Peace, at the Monumental Baptist Church where he was later licensed and ordained into Christian ministry by Rev. Dr. J. Wendell Mapson, Jr... READ MORE


Dr. Besheer Mohamed is a Senior Researcher at Pew Research Center. He is an expert on the views, demographic profile and size of U.S. Muslim communities. He also has extensive experience with computational science, as well as developing best practices for quantitative data collection on small populations... READ MORE

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Suhag Shukla, Esq., Executive Director, is a co-founder of HAF. She holds a BA in Religion and JD from the University of Florida. Ms. Shukla has helped steer the Foundation to being recognized as a leading voice for civil rights, human rights, and religious freedom... READ MORE

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