2016-Conference--FINAL

The Center for Vision & Values’ 12th annual conference: Media and American Culture

Grove City College

April 14 & 15, 2016

This exciting two-day conference will explore questions related to media, culture, the Christian church, and technology. For instance:

How should we seek to live out the cultural mandate in a world where media, technology, social networks, and politics are converging while traditional Christian values and a consensus about how free societies should function seem to be eroding? What should be the Christian response to the emerging post-Christian culture we face? What is the role of churches, of faith-based organizations, or individual believers?

What has been the effect of various forms of media on our culture, our country, our world? How has media evolved? In fact, what is “media” today? What is the role of higher education in preparing students who are inheriting a culture increasingly defined by the 24-7-365 media?

In short, how is modern media affecting America and American culture, for better or worse, and what should Christians do in this increasingly confusing and troubling society?

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Participant Bios

Schedule

Thursday, April 14, 2016

9:30 – 9:50 | Harbison Chapel
All are welcome to attend. Praise songs begin at 9:00 a.m. and chapel begins at 9:30. by Dr. Caleb Verbois

10:00 – 11:15 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Media Then and Now” by Dr. T. David Gordon

11:30 – 12:45 | Lunch in Rathburn Hall | Morledge Great Room (for those who register for meals)
“Media Values Vs. Religious Values: Implacable Conflict or Potential Congruence?” by Michael Medved (nationally syndicated radio talk show host, best-selling author, and veteran film critic)

1:00 – 2:15 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Information Revolution: New Media, Free Speech and ‘Trashy’ Content” by Dr. Bill Birmingham and Tom O’Boyle

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“Media Bias at Home, on Campus and on Main Street” by Dr. Marvin Folkertsma and Dr. Mark Hendrickson

2:30 – 3:45 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Morals Without Moralizing: Spreading Truth and Faith in Film and Media” media panel moderated by Dr. Paul Kengor. Panel will include the co-founder of SightSound Technologies Scott Sander, recording artist and host Carol Lee Espy, and the director of multimedia productions at Fireman Creative Jim DiSpirito.

3:00 – 6:00 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Atrium
“The Michael Medved Show” — radio show by Michael Medved

5:15 – 6:30 | Dinner in Rathburn Hall | Morledge Great Room (for those who register for meals)
“A History of the Church and Hollywood: Conflicts and Consensus” by Dr. Kimberly Miller

7:00 – 8:00 | Crawford Hall / Crawford Auditorium
“America’s Three Religious Cultures: Embattled Christians, Pop Heretics and Highbrow Skeptics in the 21st Century” by Ross Douthat, New York Times columnist.

Friday, April 15, 2016

9:00 – 9:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
To Change the World and the Christian College” by Dr. Paul Kemeny

10:00 – 10:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Media’s Impact on Women’s Careers in the STEM Disciplines” by Dr. Stacy Birmingham

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“Where Have all the Poets Gone? Expressions of Wisdom in an Intellectual Wasteland” by Dr. Andrew Harvey and Dr. Eric Potter

11:30 – 12:45 | Lunch in Rathburn Hall | Morledge Great Room (for those who register for meals)
“Slouching Toward Same-Sex Marriage: How the Advent of New Media Influenced Press Bias and Public Opinion” by Tom O’Boyle, circulation marketing manager for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

1:00 – 1:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Living and Thriving in a Post-Christian America” by Dr. Caleb Verbois

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“No One Knows the Day or Hour: Christianity, Culture and the News” by Dr. Mark Graham and Dr. Michael Coulter

2:00 – 2:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“The Marginalization of the Mommy Blogger: Explorations of the Digital Media Industry, Gender, and Motherhood” by Dr. Felicia Song, associate professor and chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Westmont College

3:00 – 3:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“‘The Dislocation of Man in the Modern Age:’ Wisdom from Walker Percy and Neil Postman” by Dr. H. Collin Messer and Dr. Jason Edwards

Simultaneous lecture | Hall of Arts and Letters / Room 110
“Media and ‘Success’ in America: Sports, Money and Prosperity” by Dr. Gary S. Smith  and Sean Severson

4:00 – 4:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Pictures Tell the Story: Images of the Civil Rights Movement” by Dr. Todd Allen

5:15 – 6:30 | Dinner in Rathburn Hall | Morledge Great Room (for those who register for meals)
“‘Burn It Down’ How the Forces of ‘Tolerance’ and ‘Diversity’ Used Technology and Media to Demonize a Family Pizza Shop – and Change the Culture” by Dr. Paul Kengor

7:00 – 8:00 | Crawford Hall / Crawford Auditorium
A Live Performance and Discussion: “From Small-town Pennsylvania to Big-time Nashville, and Beyond” by Michael Logen with guests Carol Lee Espy and Jim DiSpirito

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