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The fourth Faculty Pub Night of the 2022-23 season features Corrina Laughlin, instructor of communication studies (College of Communication and Fine Arts).  She will discuss her recent book, "Redeem All: How Digital Life is Changing Evangelical Culture."

 

About Faculty Pub Night: 

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and members of the public are all invited to the 2022-2023 series of Faculty Pub Night at the William H. Hannon Library. Eight LMU professors are selected annually to discuss their latest publication or project in a comfortable setting and format that welcomes diverse perspectives for an inclusive conversation aimed to educate the entire community. All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public.

 

About the Author's Work:

This presentation looks at the intersection of American evangelical Christianity and high-tech innovation. From hackers adapting iPhones for missions work to Silicon Valley startups targeting American Christians to teched-up megachurches to evangelical influencers marshaling publics on social media, American evangelical Christians have gone all in on consumer media technologies with the goal of attracting an American public who they see as clearly enamored by them. Yet, as they have gone digital, this conservative subculture has been forced to adapt and change in ways they did not expect. "Redeem All: How digital life is changing evangelical culture" was published by the University of California Press in December 2021. The book looks at the many ways that evangelical Christians are enthusiastically adapting to the digital age.
 
This talk introduces entrepreneurs, pastors, missionaries, and social media celebrities who interpret the promises born in Silicon Valley through the frameworks of evangelical culture and believe that digital media can help them (to paraphrase Steve Jobs) put their own dent in the universe. And, it charts the unexpected consequences of the enthusiastic evangelical entry into the digital age.

 

About the Author:

Corrina Laughlin is an instructor in the Department of Communication at LMU and she holds a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She has written for peer-reviewed journals in communication and anthropology and for popular outlets such as The Atlantic and VICE. Her published work has focused on digital media, religion, culture, and ethnography. At LMU she teaches media studies, including classes on media arts production, critical media literacy, and digital culture.

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About the William H. Hannon Library:

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For more information about this event, contact the Outreach and Engagement team at the William H. Hannon library via email at library.outreach@lmu.edu or call 310-338-5234.

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