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Knowledge@Wharton: September 10, 2018

Host Dan Loney is joined by Melissa Wilde (Associate Professor of Sociology, Undergraduate Chair, University of Pennsylvania), Anand Giridharadas (Writer and Author of Winners Take All), Donna Hicks (Associate at Harvard’s Weatherford Center for International Affairs, Harvard University), Massimo Faggioli (Professor of Theology and Religious Studies; Author of “Catholicism and Citizenship”, Villanova University), Thomas Reese (Senior Analyst, National Catholic Reporter), John Kimberly (Henry Bower Professor of Entrepreneurial Management, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania), and David Bianculli (Associate professor; TV critic; founder and editor of TVWorthWatching.com, Rowan University) on the Monday, September 10, 2018 edition of Knowledge@Wharton.

Air Date: Monday, September 10, 2018 on SiriusXM 132

Hosted By

Anand Giridharadas

Air Time: 10:30 am
Featuring: Anand Giridharadas

David Bianculli and John Kimberly

Air Time: 11:00 am
Featuring: John Kimberly, David Bianculli

Donna Hicks

Air Time: 11:30 am
Featuring: Donna Hicks

Dr. Massimo Faggioli, Melissa Wilde, and Thomas Reese

Air Time: 10:00 am
Featuring: Melissa Wilde, Massimo Faggioli, Thomas Reese

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Melissa Wilde

Associate Professor of Sociology, Undergraduate Chair, University of Pennsylvania

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One overarching question has driven my research as a comparative-historical sociologist: How can we better understand the ways in which religious institutions respond to social, cultural, and demographic change?

In pursuit of this question, I have investigated: the cultural factors and social movements that directed the Second Vatican Council in the Roman Catholic Church (1962-65); the demographic factors that explain why American Protestantism has gone from being majority Mainline to majority conservative and evangelical; the role religious competition and marketing played in encouraging the Roman Catholic Church to exponentially increase its granting of marital annulments; and how racialized concerns about “runaway fertility” among Catholic and Jewish immigrants caused many of America’s most prominent religious groups to rather suddenly liberalize on birth control in the early 1930s.  Most recently, my interest in religious change has led me to examine the ways in which the structure of American religion has not changed – especially how and why religion remains deeply intertwined with inequality – in the US, but also around the world – and what this means, both theoretically and methodologically.

Examining these various research questions has, more often than not, required gathering my own data – from personal letters and Council votes from the Vatican Secret Archive on the part of 3000 bishops, to more than 10,000 articles from denominational periodicals for more than 30 religious groups over more than 50 years, to, most recently, developing a module for the General Social Survey so that we can better identify and understand Conservative Protestants and their political views.  As a result, the research methods I use are varied – requiring everything from careful qualitative analysis of obscure archival sources in foreign languages to advanced statistical analysis of databases that I build myself.
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Anand Giridharadas

Writer and Author of Winners Take All

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ANAND GIRIDHARADAS is the author of The True American and India Calling. He was a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times from 2005 to 2016, and has also written for The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The New Yorker. He is an Aspen Institute fellow, an on-air political analyst for MSNBC, and a former McKinsey analyst. He teaches journalism at New York University and has spoken on the main stage of TED. His writing has been honored by the Society of Publishers in Asia, the Poynter Fellowship at Yale, and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Donna Hicks

Associate at Harvard’s Weatherford Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

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Donna Hicks, PhD, is an associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Dr. Hicks was the deputy director of the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution (PICAR) at Harvard for ten years, and she has worked extensively on international conflict issues and diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, Sri Lanka, Columbia, Cuba, and Northern Ireland. She has taught courses in conflict resolution at Harvard, Clark, and Columbia Universities and conducts trainings and educational seminars in the United States and abroad on the role of dignity in resolving conflict. She is the author of Dignity: The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict (Yale University Press 2011). She lives in Watertown, MA.
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Massimo Faggioli

Professor of Theology and Religious Studies; Author of “Catholicism and Citizenship”, Villanova University

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Dr. Massimo Faggioli, a married lay Roman Catholic, is full professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University. He worked in the “John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies” in Bologna between 1996 and 2008.
He was co-chair of the study group “Vatican II Studies” for the American Academy of Religion between 2012 and 2017. He has a column in La Croix International, and is contributing writer for Commonweal magazine and for the Italian magazine Il Regno.
Dr. Faggioli books and articles have been published in eight languages. His most recent publications include the books: “A Council for the Global Church: Receiving Vatican II in History” (2015), “The Rising Laity: Ecclesial Movements since Vatican II” (2016), “Catholicism and Citizenship: Political Cultures of the Church in the Twenty-First Century” (2017)

 

Twitter- @MassimoFaggioli

Book- https://www.amazon.com/Catholicism-Citizenship-Political-Cultures-Twenty-First/dp/0814684238
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Thomas Reese

Senior Analyst, National Catholic Reporter

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Father Reese entered the Jesuits in 1962 and was ordained in 1974. He was educated at St. Louis University, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and at the University of California Berkeley, where he received a Ph.D. in political science. He worked in Washington as a writer and lobbyist for tax reform from 1975 to 1978. He was an associate editor of America magazine, where he wrote on politics, economics and the Catholic church, from 1978 to 1985 and editor-in-chief from 1998 to 2005. He was a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center from 1985 to 1998 and 2006 to 2013. During the summers, he works as a visiting scholar at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

While at Woodstock, he wrote the trilogy on the organization and politics of the church: Archbishop: Inside the Power Structure of the American Catholic Church (1989), A Flock of Shepherds: The National Conference of Catholic Bishops (1992), and Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church (1996). He also edited The Universal Catechism Reader (1990), an analysis of the first draft of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Episcopal Conferences: Historical, Canonical and Theological Studies (1989).

On May 14, 2014, Father Reese was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission that reviews the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress. His writings for the NCR do not necessarily reflect the views of the commission.

Father Reese is based in Washington, DC.
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John Kimberly

Henry Bower Professor of Entrepreneurial Management, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

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Research Interests: health policy, institutional creation, managerial innovation, organizational change, organizational design
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David Bianculli

Associate professor; TV critic; founder and editor of TVWorthWatching.com, Rowan University

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David Bianculli is a guest host and TV critic on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. A contributor to the show since its inception, he has been a TV critic since 1975.

From 1993 to 2007, Bianculli was a TV critic for the New York Daily News.

Bianculli has written three books: Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, 2009), Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously (1992), and Dictionary of Teleliteracy (1996).

An associate professor of TV and film at Rowan University in New Jersey, Bianculli is also the founder and editor of the online magazine, TVWorthWatching.com.

http://www.npr.org/people/2101612/david-bianculli
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