This year's ADM Visiting Fellow is New York writer, critic and scholar Alissa Wilkinson and ADM has a group of fantastic events scheduled for her visit from 9 – 14 October.
Alissa Wilkinson is a staff writer and critic at Vox, where she covers film and culture, and Associate Professor of English and Humanities at The King’s College in New York City. Until 2016, Alissa was the critic at large at Christianity Today. She has written for Rolling Stone, Vulture, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and many more publications.
The events below are just a taste of what we have planned. Stay tuned as we announce more exciting events with Alissa in coming weeks!
Why Pop Culture is Obsessed with Religion
Beyonce’s visual album Lemonade is a personal narrative of black female suffering — and a modern book of Psalms, spanning anger and deliverance, lament and redemption.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a comedy of a young woman delivered from the captivity of an underground bunker into the wilds of New York City — and a reflection on the complicated reasons people enter and leave oppressive belief systems.
The Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! is a winking homage to Hollywood’s Golden Age — and a passion play with a film exec sent to save the (movie) world.
Religion is popping up more and more in film, tv and the wider media. So, why are we suddenly so obsessed with religion? And why now?
At our Public Lecture, Alissa will take us on a tour through contemporary pop culture, uncovering the religious questions at the heart of our movies and TV shows.
How to Be a Film & TV Critic
Does travelling around the world reviewing TV and movies sound like a dream of yours? Well, that's what Alissa does for a living! Join her for a masterclass designed especially for teenage girls (school years 10-12) interested in TV and film criticism.
At this masterclass, you will:
- Hear about Alissa’s job as a critic
- Learn how she sees the relationship between her work and her Christian faith
- Pick up key tips for how you can write about film and TV
- Try writing your own piece of criticism during the class
- Workshop your writing in a fun, creative and supportive environment