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School of Communications faculty members to discuss recent books on religion and media

The discussion with Anthony Hatcher and Amanda Sturgill will be moderated by Meredith Stutz ‘16, a reporter with NBC affiliate WXII in Winston-Salem. 

On Thursday, April 25, the Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society will host a conversation featuring Associate Professor Amanda Sturgill and Professor Anthony Hatcher of the School of Communications about their recently published books on religion and media. The conversation will be moderated by Elon alumna Meredith Stutz ‘16, who is currently a reporter at WXII TV in Winston-Salem.


Sturgill, an associate professor, is co-editor of Religion Online: How Digital Technology is Changing the Way We Worship and Pray (ABC_CLIO 2019), released just this month. Over thirty authors contributed to the two-volume collection, which examines how religious practices worldwide have adopted and adapted to digital media. In her chapter, Sturgill investigates artificial intelligence and its uses in religious spheres. 

Hatcher’s book titled Religion and Media in America (Lexington 2018) engages a range of contemporary topics, from Moral Mondays to Christian films and performers. It looks at how religion in the US is intertwined with American popular and civic culture. The book considers how Christianity adapts to and is affected by new media forms. Many students will be familiar with these subjects and Hatcher from his popular class, COM 333: Religion and Media, which he teaches each spring.

The event will be held from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. in McEwen 013. 


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