Program Recordings

The VWU Digital Broadcasting Network is a media production unit serving the Virginia Wesleyan University community by recording and broadcasting a wide-range of institutional, educational, cultural, and athletics programs.  

The following CSRF programs have been recorded by the VWU Digital Broadcasting Network and are available for viewing:

How to Be Less Stupid About Race: Racism and Anti-racism in Our Classrooms and Communities

Dr. Crystal Marie Fleming is Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at SUNY Stony Brook. She is an award-winning writer, speaker and educator committed to empowering individuals and communities with the conceptual tools needed to understand, confront and challenge barriers created by assumptions and misconceptions. In her book, How to be Less Stupid About Race, Fleming writes “Much of the racial stupidity we encounter in everyday life derives from the fact that people think of racism as individual prejudice rather than a broader system and structure of power.”  Recorded 04/23/2018

When God Isn’t Green: A World-wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide

In his book, When God Isn’t Green: A World-wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide, Jay Wexler writes that in New York, Miami, and other large U.S. cities, Santeria followers sprinkle mercury in their apartments to fend off witches, poisoning those homes for years to come. In Central America, palm frond sales to U.S. customers for Palm Sunday celebrations have helped decimate the rain forests of Guatemala and southern Mexico. Wexler’s exploration around the globe asks “Can religious practice and environmentalism coexist?”  Wexler is a professor at the Boston University School of Law, where he’s taught church-state law and environmental law since 2001. He’s the author of five books, including Holy Hullabaloos: A Road Trip to the Battlegrounds of the Church/State Wars (2009). Prior to teaching, Professor Wexler worked as a lawyer at the United States Department of Justice and as a law clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the U.S. Supreme Court. Recorded 02/27/2018

They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East

From Syria into Iraq, Christians are being brutalized and killed by Islamic State fighters (ISIS). Journalist Mindy Belz has spent more than a decade reporting from the ground in the Middle East and has seen first-hand the stark reality of this escalating genocide. Based in part on those personal experiences, Belz explores the complex dynamics at play in war-torn Iraq and Syria and shares stories of Christians who refuse to abandon their faith - even in the face of losing everything, including their lives. Senior Editor of WORLD magazine, Mindy Belz has covered war in Africa, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and the Middle East. A widely published journalist, she has appeared on Fox News and ABC News, and is a guest on radio talk shows. Recorded on 12/07/2017

Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia’s Underground Railroad

It is a crime to leave North Korea. Yet every year a small number of desperate North Koreans escape their closed country by traveling along a secret route known as the New Underground Railroad. Journalist-author Melanie Kirkpatrick describes their perilous journey and the rescuers--many of whom are Christian--who help them reach free countries. Recorded on 11/30/2017

Voices of Faith

“Voices of Faith” is an interfaith dialogue series which focused on current events and news reports as they relate to various faith communities. The dialogue began in 1982 as a television program called “Focus on Faith” and aired locally for twenty years on Cox Cable. In 2012, the name was changed to “Voices of Faith,” and with Jim Bergdoll continuing as moderator and coordinator, the interfaith dialogue is now presented as a podcast on the website of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan University.

In 2016, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) presented “Voices of Faith” with the Jeffrey B. Spence Award for Interfaith Understanding. The award was accepted by Jim Bergdoll at the VCIC’s 52nd Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner Tidewater Chapter. Each year, the VCIC honors individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to the promotion of respect and understanding among people of diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.

Listen to podcasts of Voices of Faith.