Urban Mystic at the Crossroads

The worst riots in urban U.S. history, or civil unrest as some prefer to call them, erupted on April 29, 1992, a reaction to the acquittal of four white Los Angeles policemen for using excessive force in apprehending a black motorist, Rodney King.Racism and brutality, the lack of opportunities, poverty, historical and current official negligence on the part of the city governance and police, and reverse racism, all these socially flammable realities contributed to the 1992 Los Angeles … [Read more...]

Late Night Television Comedy Crisis

Here's my take on the kerfuffle Late Night Television and Comedy Crisis … [Read more...]

Popular TV does have values – media literacy workshop in Singapore

 Here are links to two articles about the media literacy workshops I gave in Singapore in October:Popular TV Does Have Values by Daniel Tay: The Catholic News Singapore andCatechists Learn to Use Media to Communicate to Students … [Read more...]

Introduction to Media Literacy set to begin Oct 24 – online course University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation

  The University of Dayton's Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation Home Page Click here to go directly to the VLC Course list; click on Introduction to media LiteracyCheck it out! … [Read more...]

Mark Derwin, star of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” & “Life with Bonnie” and upcoming “Anatomy of Hope” speaks to media literacy course participants

   And, if you can believe it, I missed it.I double booked myself and had committed to giving a "Meeting Jesus at the Movies" presentation with Sr. Gretchen Hailer, RSHM, at St. Kilian's Parish in Mission Viejo (which was so much fun; what a wonderful, welcoming parish. They have 68 different ministries going on .... this one was for a family faith formation program they have every summer Backyard Theology (including BBQ).Anyway, Mark came and chatted with the media literacy ce … [Read more...]

Media Literacy Certificate course UPDATE

For those of you who are already registered for the Certificate in Media Literacy Program July 19 -25, be sure to visit Latest News! Media Literacy Certificate Program. Just posted a couple of exciting new additions to the faculty and curriculum!If  you haven't yet registered, click here Media Literacy Certificate Program REGISTRATION FORM, scroll down, and copy and then paste the form into a Word document, print out and send today with the registration fee ($195.00) to the address on the fo … [Read more...]

Our Media World: Teaching Kids K-8 about Faith and Media – it’s finished! Due out Jan 2010

Co-authors Gretchen Hailer, RSHM & Rose Pacatte, FSP of Our Media World: Teaching Kids K-8 about Faith & MediaThe book is due out in January 2010 from Pauline Books & Media, Boston (Pauline Books & Media Publishing House, Boston) . As soon as we get cover art we will post it!Our Media World is a "stand alone" that will create, with our book Media Mindfulness: Educating Teens about Faith & Media (2007, St. Mary's Press) a consistent media literacy education strategy for K … [Read more...]

Cruel and Unusual: A book about television, punishment and God – AMERICA review

I just got the May 4th online version of AMERICA (www.AmericaMagazine.org) and this book review of "Cruel and Unusual: the Culture of Punishment in America"  authored by Anne Marie Cusac, caught my eye. You usually have to be a subscriber to access the entire issue online, but during April and May anyone can - you just have to register and log in.In view of how many crime and punishment shows populate (literally) television's landscape, this could be an important book. I know I want to read i … [Read more...]

Going to the NCCL in Detroit? See you there (maybe!)

I will be presenting a workshop on Wednesday morning, April 29th entitled: Household Saints or Desperate Housewives: is there anything holy or redeeming about the women of Wisteria Lane?The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Hannah Montana may be among Disney’s most popular ‘tween and teen girl shows, but what else are our girls watching? The women of Wisteria Lane consistently wins the 18-49 year-old demographic (along with Grey’s Anatomy) and have a significant teen audience as well. I … [Read more...]

Brave Knights and Heroic Courage and Holy Moments Lecture

Last November I had the privilege of responding to Walden Media co-founder Micheal Flaherty's lecture at USC. Here is the text of my response: The Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC Religion and Film  Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies USC Lecture Series 2008-2009   Brave Knights and Heroic Courage and Holy Moments   Featured Speaker: Micheal Flaherty Co-Founder of Walden Media Producers of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and Am … [Read more...]