ICR Past Events
Institute for Communication and Religion (ICR) regularly holds events that contribute to public dialogue and debate on religious issues. Through these events, the Institute strives to promote scholarly inquiry on the interconnection of communication and religion as well as support and explore the religious dimension of artistic expression and creativity. ICR also seeks to engage University students throughout all academic programs and encourage other academic disciplines within the University as integral partners by holding these important events.
Didn't make it to some of the events? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Below you will find video recordings of previous presentations.
Scholars and Artists Explore Music and Spirituality
During the virtual panel "Spiritual Dimensions of Music: Meaning, Interpretation, and Culture" on March 29, 2021, panelists had an open, insightful conversation about secular music and its spiritual aspects.
Seton Hall Co-hosts Virtual Symposium on "The Bhagavad Gita and Humanity Today"
On Friday, August 14, 2020, the Institute for Communication and Religion (ICR) co-hosted the International Gita Symposium 2020 with Singapore's Gita Jayanti Committee. This virtual forum "The Bhagavad Gita and Humanity Today" brought international scholars and faith leaders together to explore practical wisdom shared in the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Hindu spiritual masterpiece.
Swami Makes History with Religious Harmony Event
The Institute for Communication and Religion hosted Swami Sarvapriyananda, the leader of the oldest Hindu organization in the U.S., to discuss the Hindu perspective on how all religions can coexist. The event marked the first time that a Hindu dignitary visited Seton Hall University for a public lecture.
Living Word Project
An evening of interfaith student poetry performances, including poetry, dance, song and musical interpretations of the experience of faith. The Living Word Project uses the artistic process as a scaffold for dialogue, providing a vital way for students, faculty, and alums to live in-conversation. Angela Kariotis Kotsonis, Living Word Director. Jon Radwan, ICR Director.
Internet Memes and American Civil Religion
Texas A&M's Professor Heidi Campbell speaks about internet memes and how digital media is used to represent different religious ideas in the public sphere.
Practices That Matter: The Faith and Politics of Dorothy Day
Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D., a Chair and Professor of the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, the Patricia Doherty Yoder, and Ronald Wolfe Endowed Chair in Communication Ethics at Duquesne University, explains how Dorothy Day, a journalist and social activist, used her faith to advocate for others.
Trump, the 2020 Election and the Limits of Ideology Theory
Seton Hall Professor of Political Science Robert Pallitto explores ideological phenomena associated with the 2020 presidential race.
Catholics, the Media and the 2020 Presidential Election
Seton Hall Professor of Political Science Jo Renee Formicola examines how critical a factor is religion in U.S. elections.
Judaism and Christianity in the 2020 Election
Peter Beinart and Jon Radwan, with Host McKenna Schray, answered questions received ahead of time from attendees, focusing on the topic of the conference: How does communication and religion come into play during a presidential election?
Q&A session with Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D.
After the conclusion of the "Communication and Religion in the 2020 Election" Conference, Arnett answered additional questions submitted by registrants of the event.