Stephanie Brehm - "America's Most Famous Catholic (According to Himself)" - Hannah Scheidt

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Stephanie Brehm

"Situating him among figures as disparate as Fulton Sheen and Lenny Bruce, this new book makes a compelling case for why Stephen Colbert is not only an influential humorist, but also an effective evangelist. Combining the interpretative skills of an academic with a natural appreciation for pop culture, Brehm offers a lively look at why the 'new evangelization' may be just as much the responsibility of comics as of clerics."—James Martin, SJ, Jesuit priest and author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage and The Jesuit Guide

Stephanie Brehm discusses America's Most Famous Catholic (According to Himself): Stephen Colbert and American Religion in the Twenty-First Century. She will be joined in discussion by Hannah Scheidt. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

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About the book: America's Most Famous Catholic (According to Himself) investigates the religious identity and authority of Stephen Colbert and his character Stephen Colbert. By exploring Colbert’s position as a lay catechist and televised comedian, this book examines how Catholicism shapes Colbert’s experiences, and how Colbert and his persona nuance American Catholicism and the polarized American religious landscape. 

About the author: Stephanie N. Brehm holds a PhD in Religious Studies and is an administrator-scholar at Northwestern University.

About the interlocutor: Hannah Scheidt recently finished her PhD in religious studies from Northwestern University. Her dissertation was a cultural study of contemporary atheist culture. She teaches at Lake Forest College.

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637