Religion Matters: Writing About Media & Religion

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Religion

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Writing About Media & Religion

Spring 2020

Taught By: Kali Handelman

Section: AX

CRN: 3815

Credits: 4

#MeToo, The Movement for Black Lives, the Alt-Right, climate change, Marvel comics, mass incarceration, Israel/Palestine – religion has a role in each of these stories. In fact, religion has a role in almost every story and it matters. Yet very few writers are trained to ask the right questions or think critically about the role of religion in news and culture today. This class will teach students how to write about religion like it matters. Our approach will draw from religious studies and media studies in order to give students a framework for reading the news and writing about it themselves. We will study journalism and public scholarship on a wide range of traditions and subjects in order to gain the background necessary to write about religion and media in a variety of forms. Students will be encouraged to explore their own perspectives and styles throughout the course. Writing assignments will be an opportunity to develop work from the pitch stage until it is publication ready. Assigned reading will focus on articles published in religion-specific publications such as Religion Dispatches, The Immanent Frame and The Revealer as well as other more generalist publications such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. As a Seminar+ class, we will also take advantage of the vibrant religious, cultural, and intellectual offerings of New York City by attending lectures and events relevant to the course. This course counts as an elective and fulfills the Subject by Subject Requirement in the Journalism + Design Major.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Religion (LREL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:41pm 8/24/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/5/2020