Harrell receives funding to organize the Mobile Institute


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Dr Joan Harrell of the School of Communication and Journalism received funding from the Luce Foundation of the School of Divinity Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative at Vanderbilt University to organize the Alabama-based Mobile Institute during the semesters of spring and fall 2022.

The Mobile Institute will be interdisciplinary and will include undergraduate and graduate students from Auburn University, faculty, Alabama community advocates, religious leaders, and local, state, and national journalists.

Harrell is a professor of journalism. She holds a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University and incorporates her background in reporting and writing and examining how marginalized people and communities, stereotypes, social and geographic locations , cultures, coded language, climate change, health disparities and unconscious biases are taken into account by what method journalists and media professionals search for the truth.

Prior to entering academia, Harrell worked in the local television markets as an award-winning reporter, including as a news anchor for ABC, NBC and CBS television stations in GA, SC and MO; freelance contributor to the Huff Post, researcher and field producer at the ABC News Bureau in London, England; editor at CBS News Bureau and CSPAN in Washington, DC; associate producer for Alvin H. Perlmutter and correspondent and associate producer for Bill Moyers in New York.

Harrell is also an ordained minister of the American Baptist Church, founder and moderator of the Becoming the Beloved Community Digital Humanities Project, and a member of the inaugural cohort of the Henry Luce Foundation Public Theology and Racial Justice Institute at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. She was honored as a 2020 guest speaker for the Theological Bioethics Within Marginalized Communities series at Harvard University Divinity School Center for the Study of World Religions.

Her scholarship explores the intersectionality of narrative ethics, racism, media stereotypes, religion, social change, vulnerable populations, xenophobia, theology, religion, otherness and injustices. in public health.


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