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306 | Religion and the Media with The New York Times
306 | Religion and the Media with The New York Times
Sunday, October 29 | 4 - 5 PM
First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple
77 W Washington St | Chicago, IL | 60602
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

Empathy bridges divides, binds together community, helps us overcome cultural difference, and feels ever more important in our current rancorous and partisan moment. But is it religion that best fosters empathy? And how does media coverage shape the perception—and possibilities—of religion in public life? In this exclusive CHF/New York Times event, Times Chicago Bureau Chief Monica Davey leads a discussion between her Times colleagues Frank Bruni and Laurie Goodstein, along with Eboo Patel, leader of Chicago’s Interfaith YouthCore, about religious solutions to political and social divides.

This program recognizes the many contributions made to our community by the Chicago Community Trust and is presented in partnership with The New York Times.


Frank Bruni has been an op-ed columnist for the New York Times since 2011. He previously worked as the newspaper's Rome bureau chief, Sunday magazine staff writer, one of its White House correspondents, and its chief restaurant critic. Bruni is the author of two bestselling books, the memoir Born Round and a chronicle of George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign, Ambling into History.

Laurie Goodstein is a national religion correspondent for The New York Times. She joined The Times in 1997, after working as a Metro reporter and National reporter at The Washington Post for eight years. She received the first place award for "Best In-Depth News Reporting on Religion" in 2004 and 2009 from the American Academy of Religion. In 2016 and many times over the years she has won top awards from the News Association. Her work has been included in the book Best Newspaper Writing, and she has been nominated twice for a Pulitzer Prize.

Eboo Patel is a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. He is the author of the books Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground, and Interfaith Leadership. He is a frequent guest speaker on college campuses, a regular contributor to the public conversation around religion in America and served on President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council. Eboo holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

Monica Davey is the Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times. Ms. Davey is currently serving in a dual role as a reporter covering 11 states in the Midwest and as the editor of a team of reporters in the Midwest and New England. She began working at The Times in March 2003. Ms. Davey was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 as part of a team of reporters from St. Petersburg in the investigative reporting category. Born and raised in Chicago, Ms. Davey received a B.A. in Linguistics from Brown University.

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