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'Religious Freedom, Terror, and the News'

Thursday, 02 November, 2017

The interdisciplinary Cultures of American Religion group at Saint Louis University welcomes Debra Mason, director of the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Center on Religion and the Professions, at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2. Mason will present “Religious Freedom, Terror, and the News,” in Room 142, Adorjan Hall.

Mason’s talk consider the stakes of news coverage as a “first draft of history” and what these first drafts say about religious freedom, faith, fear and ethical issues. She will discuss the role of scholars in these debates. Mason is a professor of journalism at the University of Missouri and has produced the largest repository of religion resources for journalists, including and Since 1997, Mason has also directed the Religion Newswriters Association, a professional association of journalists writing about religion in the mass media. She is publisher emeritus of Religion News Service (RNS), the world’s only non-sectarian wire service exclusively covering religion. Her most recent book, with Amy White, is Investigating Religion: An Investigative Reporter’s Guide (Oxford 2013).

A reception will follow the talk.

The A.R.C.H. speaker series is organized by SLU’s interdisciplinary Cultures of American Religion writing group. For more information, or to become involved, please contact Katherine Moran, Ph.D