The Center for Media, Religion, and Culture (CMRC) was founded in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2006 to bring together scholars, professionals, and the public to explore the variety of ways media and religion influence one another and our daily lives.
The Center brings together faculty and graduate students from various disciplines to research the intersection of media, religion and culture. Our research has received recognition within a wide variety of disciplines from media studies, journalism, and religious studies to anthropology, art history, and business. Studies focus on the practices and experiences which define religion and spirituality today. Researchers also explore such issues as the way the media represent religions and spiritualities, how they interact with religion in the political sphere, how they’re used by both formal and informal groups and movements, and their implications for religious institutions and authority.