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2008 RNA Conference Archives: Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
Sept. 17–21, 2008

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2008 RNA Conference panel audio

Pre-Conference audio: Wednesday & Thursday, Sept. 17–18, 2008

Covering Islam: About Islam
  • Imam Mohamed Magid, director, All Dulles Area Muslim Society
Women and American Islam
  • Maha ElGenaidi, founder & president of Islamic Networks Group
  • Daisy Khan, executive director, American Society for Muslim Advancement
  • Dalia Mogahed, executive director, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies
  • Mona Eltahawy, freelance journalist and commentator
American Muslim Civic Participation
  • Edina Lekovic, communications director, Muslim Public Affairs Council
  • Zeenat Rahman, outreach and training coordinator, Interfaith Youth Core
  • Farid Senzai, director of research, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
  • Dawud Walid, executive director, Council on American-Islamic Relations—Michigan
Reporting on American Muslims
  • Maria Ebrahimji, producer, CNN
  • Anisa Mehdi, documentary filmmaker
  • Tayyibah Taylor, Azizah Magazine
  • Jamie Tarabay, NPR
Getting Up to Speed on Multimedia: A Practical Primer for Print Religion Journalists
(video  |  video  |  video  |  audio)
  • Lynda Kraxberger, Missouri School of Journalism
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2009
Welcome by Religion Newswriters President Kevin Eckstrom, Religion News Service
(video  |  video  |  audio)

Putting Faith in Politics
  • Michael Gerson, op-ed columnist, The Washington Post, former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush
  • Amy Sullivan, national correspondent, TIME magazine
The New Religion Page
(audio  |  video  |  video)
  • Cathy Grossman, religion reporter, USA TODAY
  • Sam Hodges, religion reporter, The Dallas Morning News
  • David Waters, editor & producer, On Faith
Friday, Sept. 19, 2009

Strangers & Aliens Among Us
(video  |  audio)
  • J. Kevin Appleby, director of migration and refugee policy, Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (video  |  video)
  • Roy Beck, founder and CEO, NumbersUSA (video  |  video)
  • Kim Bobo, founder and executive director, Interfaith Worker Justice (video  |  video)
We Believe In No God, and You Shouldn't Either
  • Jennifer Michael Hecht, author, "The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism and Anthropology"
  • Barry Kosmin, director, Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture (PDF)
  • Paul Kurtz, founder, Center for Inquiry and author, "Forbidden Fruit: The Ethics of Secularism"
2008 National Survey of Religion & Politics
(audio  |  PDF of survey)
  • John Green, professor of political science, University of Akron; director, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
  • Luis E. Lugo, director, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
The Spiritual Abraham Lincoln
(audio  |  PDF of handouts)
  • David Early, Library of Congress
  • Dewey Wallace, religious studies professor, George Washington University
  • Ronald C. White Jr., author of two bestselling books on Abraham Lincoln
Press Conference: Obama campaign representatives
  • Josh DuBois, Barack Obama's National Director of Religious Affairs
  • Shaun Casey, Wesley Theological Seminary

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008

The Challenge of Catholic Schools
  • Mark Gray, research associate, CARA (PDF)
  • Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, Archdiocese of Washington (video | video | video | video)
Sourcing Islam: Nuanced Reporting on a Contested Faith
  • Shahed Amanullah, founder, Halalfire Media LLC, and editor-in-chief, (PDF)
  • Paul Barrett, assistant managing editor, BusinessWeek, and author, "American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion"
  • Dalia Mogahed, executive director, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies (PDF)
Boggled by Blogging?
  • Kristen Campbell (video)
  • Manya Brachear, Chicago Tribune (video | video)
  • Terry Mattingly, (video | video)
  • Andrea Useem, freelancer, (video | video)
Whither Congregations?
  • Diana Butler Bass, author, speaker and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture
  • Andre Daley, leader, Mosaic Life (Christian faith community)
  • Julia Duin, assistant national editor of religion, The Washington Times, and author of the book, "Quitting Church"
The Mission of Architecture
  • Darrow Kirkpatrick , (retired) First Reader, Third Church of Christ, Scientist
  • Bob Jaeger, executive director, Partners for Sacred Places
Surveying Surveys
  • Roger Finke, director, Association of Religion Data Archives
  • Ed Stetzer, president, LifeWay Research
  • Dan Cox, research director, Public Religion Research
Sponsored events

Wednesday Dinner: The Fetzer Institute’s Love & Forgiveness Campaign
  • Beverly Dorn Steele, director of Educational Services & Outreach for WTVI (PBS) and project director for the CLF in Charlotte, N.C.
  • Josephine Washington, founder and president, Growth Resources International
  • Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Ph.D., professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Press conference by Baylor: "What Americans Really Believe"

Thursday Luncheon: Council for America’s First Freedom
  • Robert A. Seiple, president, CFAFF, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom
Thursday welcome reception: Zondervan
  • Cathleen Falsani, columnist and author of "Sin Boldly”
  • Jason DeRose, NPR
Friday Luncheon: The DeMoss Group debate, "How ‘Christian’ Does a Presidential Candidate Need to Be?”
  • Dr. Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Dallas, and author of sixteen books
  • Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice
  • Moderator: Mark DeMoss, president, The DeMoss Group


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