Thin Moments: Telling Faith Stories in the Mainstream Media

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Award-winning religion journalist, author and blogger Cathleen Falsani will present the talk "Thin Moments: Telling Faith Stories in the Mainstream Media" on March 31.

The brown-bag discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 12:20 p.m. in Room 0016 Westbrook Building.

Falsani, the popular religion columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, is the Divinity School’s spring media fellow.

She is the author of “The God Factor: Inside the Spiritual Lives of Public People” (2006), a spiritual profile of celebrities ranging from musicians Bono and Melissa Etheridge to basketball star Hakeem Olajuwon to the Rev. Al Sharpton.

In 2008 she published “Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace,” a spiritual memoir, and in September 2009 she releases “The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers,” a quirky look inside the moral universes of filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen.

Falsani, who was named Religion Writer of the Year in 2005 by the Religion Newswriters Association, is also the author of the blog “The Dude Abides,” which focuses on the intersection of spirituality and pop culture.

Falsani is a graduate of Wheaton College, and she earned master's degrees in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and in theological studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Divinity media fellows are mid-career journalists who spend four weeks at Duke, where they attend classes, meet one-on-one and in small groups with professors, study a variety of texts, and learn more about the subject matter on which they regularly report. They also are enrolled in the media fellows program of Duke University's DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, which draws journalists from around the world.