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Chris Stedman: What Can We Learn About Being Human From Life Online?

March 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

For much of history, humans have grappled with questions of meaning and belonging. Today, more and more people are leaving religious and other communal institutions and moving their search for connection and significance to digital spaces. Especially in the time of social distancing and online learning, the work of being human—exploring life’s big questions, finding a sense of identity and context, and connecting with others—increasingly happens on the internet. How is this changing our understanding of who we are?

Join author, activist, and professor Chris Stedman for a conversation with Lutheran Center Director Deanna Thompson ’89 about what it means to be “real” online. The conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Bio: Chris Stedman is a Minneapolis-based writer, speaker, and community organizer. He is the author of IRL: Finding Realness, Meaning, and Belonging in Our Digital Lives (2020) and Faitheist (2012). Chris has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and PBS, and has written for publications including The GuardianThe AtlanticBuzzFeedPitchforkVICEUSA Today, and The Washington Post. Previously the founding director of the Yale Humanist Community and a fellow at Yale University, Chris also served as a humanist chaplain at Harvard University. He currently teaches in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Augsburg University and serves as the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities’ 2020-21 visiting lecturer. To learn more, visit

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March 9
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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