“There is a Method to Understand the Medium”FxF-update

Mini Seminar “Conversations at the Crossroads of Faith and Film” concurrent with SXSW Film and Music Festival. Austin, Texas. March 2016

Audio of the presentation can be accessed here, and my portion begins at 1:47:00.

Feedback: “I’ll never look at Thelma and Louise the same again.”



“How To Read Movies”

Community of Learners Presentation, Spring Arbor University, November 2015

“What’s Wrong With Those Christian Docs?”

Community of Learners Presentation, Spring Arbor University, March 2015


Baylor Faith and Culture Symposium 2014: Faith and Film

Baylor University. October 2014


This presentation was made as part of a colloquium session on Education and Media Literacy










FOCUS Series Presentation “How Artists Do Work”    

Spring Arbor University. February 2014.

The entire presentation can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GObjvoirIGo (my portion beings around 44:10).

INDIA 2014 I lead my second trip in India as part of SAU’s Cross Cultural Studies program in January 2014.

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To hear a presentation I made about the trip at my home church, click here.

I was featured in the spring 2013 issue of the Spring Arbor University Journal as one of the “emerging faculty.” Below is the cover of the issue, and the article.

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In nearly every course I teach, I explain a concept called the Major Dramatic Question. The video below is an example explaining the concept for an online writing course. I talk through story, writing, and film history using the Looney Tune “Tweety’s SOS” as an example.




2 thoughts on “Speaking/Teaching

  1. Jen, I just read your response to “God’s Not Dead” and, without having seen the movie (mostly on principle), it was gratifying to read such an incisive critique of this kind of movie-making. Thanks! Everything you said was, well, spot-on. And as a Hitchcock fan, having found your backlog of blogs on Hitchcock films (and no doubt many other matters), I plan on working through your prose. Thanks so much! MIchael Lodahl, Professor of Theology & World Religions, Point Loma Nazarene University

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