Religion reporting conference to feature Islam, politics, atheism, Buddhism
Friday, September 2, 2011
Sept. 2, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RNA Annual Conference to
feature Islam, politics, atheism, Buddhism
COLUMBIA, MO.—"Muslims in America: The Next 10 Years” kicks off the 62nd
Annual Religion Newswriters Association Conference Sept. 15–17, 2011, in Durham,
N.C. The one-day pre-conference program (RNA.org/?page=preconference), presented by Duke University’s Islamic
Studies Center with scholarship support from the Social Science Research
Council, will be followed by two days of panels, discussions and networking in
downtown Durham’s Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.
RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS brings together the nation's best religion reporters and
leading religious scholars for three days to explore worldwide religion trends,
hear from religion newsmakers and learn best practices for covering religion.
About 150 journalists and speakers are expected.
Among the panelists
this year is pre-conference keynoter Eboo Patel, founder of the Interfaith
Youth Core, who will address leadership in a time of global religious crisis. Later,
during regular conference programming, Akron University’s politics expert and
Pew Forum research adviser John Green, will talk about the role of religion in
the 2012 race for the White House.
- Michael E. Batts, chairman of the Commission on
Accountability and Policy for the Evangelical Council for Financial
Accountability, who will highlight investigations into evangelical ministries’
- Russell Moore, dean of the school of theology at
Southern Baptist Seminary and a leader in the evangelical adoption movement,
who will speak about the urgency of caring for orphans;
- Bart Ehrman, New Testament scholar and popular
writer about early Christianity, who speak on a panel about the atheist
- Social media gurus from The Huffington post and other
outlets, who can help reporters navigate Facebook, Twitter and other platforms.
The final day
of the conference features several special events—a lunch and tour of a Fo
Guang Shan International Buddhist Progress Society Temple, a silent auction to
benefit the conference’s scholarship fund and RNA’s Awards Banquet honoring winners
of its numerous contests for religion reporting.
information and the complete schedule can be found here: http://www.rna.org/?page=conference
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