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Malone University’s Next Worldview Forum Explores Popular Culture: November 8, 2011

#6208|October 27, 2011

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The next offering in Malone University's Worldview Forum Series – (Un)Pop Culture: Destroying our Character or Bringing Culture to Millions – will take place Tuesday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. Proponents are Charles Coletta, Ph.D., instructor of culture, Bowling Green State University; Craig Detweiler, Ph.D., associate professor of communication, Pepperdine University; and Andy Crouch, M.Div., author, senior editor at Christianity Today International. Andrew Rudd, Ph.D., professor of communication arts, Malone University, will serve as moderator. The program is free and open to the public.

Charles Coletta imageCharles Coletta earned both his BA and MA degrees in literature from John Carroll University and his doctorate in American culture studies from Bowling Green State University. He has taught in the Department of Popular Culture at BGSU since 2000. Among the courses he frequently teaches are Introduction to Popular Culture, Media & Culture Studies, Contemporary Popular Literature, Television as Popular Culture, and Film Studies. He has served as a contributing writer to a number of publications, such as The St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Bowling, Beatniks, & Bell-Bottoms: Pop Culture in 20th Century America, The Encyclopedia of Comic Books & Graphic Novels, and the forthcoming Icons of the American Comic Book. He is a member of Popular Culture Association, American Italian Historical Association, and an academic member of Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In 2008, he organized the "Comic Book in Popular Culture" academic conference at BGSU. In 2006, he assisted actress Eva Marie Saint in preparation for her role as "Ma Kent" in Superman Returns. He currently serves as the culture studies instructor at BGSU's Chapman Learning Community.

Craig DetweilerCraig Detweiler earned his BA in English at Davidson College, an MFA from the University of Southern California, and an MDiv, and a Ph.D., from Fuller Theological Seminary. He teaches, "A Social Scientific Perspective on Film, Religion and Film, and The Entertainment Business at Pepperdine University. His comedic documentary, Purple State of Mind, won Best Spiritual Film at the 2008 Breckenridge Festival of Film and the Audience Award at the 2009 Tallahassee Film Festival. His book, Into the Dark, searches for the sacred amidst the top-ranked films on the Internet Movie Database. Craig has also edited a new book, Halos and Avatars, which connects the dots between video games and God. His cultural commentary has appeared on ABC's Nightline, CNN, Fox News, NPR, and in The New York Times. He blogs at purplestateofmind.com.

Andy Crouch imageAndy Crouch earned his BA in classics from Cornell University and an MDiv in theology from Boston University. He is the author of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, winner of Christianity Today's 2009 Book Award for Christianity and Culture and named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly, Relevant, Outreach and Leadership. A senior editor at Christianity Today International, he has served as executive producer of the documentary films Where Faith and Culture Meet and Round Trip and was editorial director of the Christian Vision Project from 2005 to 2008. He is a member of the editorial board of Books & Culture, and a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission's IJM Institute. View his blog at culture-making.com.

Andrew Rudd


Andrew Rudd earned his BA in communication from Cedarville University, an MA in English and communication and Andrews University, and a Ph.D. in communication: rhetoric and culture from Bowling Green State University. He teaches classes in Malone's film program and directs the annual Open Frame Film Festival, which will be held April 14, 2012 at the Canton Palace Theatre. 

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2011.


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