Understanding Religion and Populism

March 5, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

The complex relationship between media, religion, and populism grows ever more complicated and pronounced with the propagation of social media, new forms of religious extremism, and nationalist populism rising with a fervor across the globe. How the media reports on the (mis)use of religious narratives to advance national superiority, balancing how to inform without amplifying, is an important area for further study and dialogue.

Kalpana Jain is a long-time investigative journalist who worked at Times of India for many years and reports on Hindu nationalism. John Fea, professor of American history and chair of the history department at Messiah University, is a scholar of Christian nationalism. Jain and Fea engaged in a conversation about specific examples of religion and nationalist populism in different regions of the world and how those narratives relate to broader trends globally. The dialogue was moderated by Ann Peters, university and community outreach director at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

This event was co-sponsored by Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting with support from the Henry Luce Foundation.

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