When Media School Professor of Practice Elaine Monaghan started scouting campus for collaborators in a project that injects scholarship on religion and international affairs into the practice and teaching of journalism, she found an open door at the Institute for Advanced Study.
“I came to Bloomington after a 21-year hiatus in my academic life spent mainly in the sleepless world of international journalism,” she says. “But any misconceptions I had about the pace of academia evaporated when I started looking for partners for Perceptions of Religion in an Uninformed World: Helping Journalism Do Its Job.
IAS Director Eileen Julien immediately agreed to support the project, which last year became one of three grantees, with counterparts at Columbia University and Northeastern University, of a new program at The American Council of Learned Societies in New York. Monaghan plans to collaborate on curricular content with faculty from multiple schools or departments including the media school, religious studies and international studies.
“It’s all the more meaningful to me to be building new connections among colleagues and students with the help of funds from Henry Luce, one of American journalism’s great historical figures,” Monaghan says. The ACLS funds originated with a foundation the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc. set up in 1936 to honor his parents, who were missionary educators in China.
Monaghan’s project for the Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs
will bring journalism practitioners and religious and international studies scholars together in Bloomington for a symposium in summer 2018. Together they will examine best practices for journalism when it shines its light on complex stories that would benefit from scholarly context. “We hope the institute’s deep experience in organizing and supporting such intellectual collaborations will be invaluable,” Julien says.