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PLU communication, religion and theatre professors discuss superheroes, Martin Luther and what it means to “interpret”

Posted by: Date: February 24, 2016 In: , , , , , ,
Open to Interpretation hosted by Professor of Communication Amy Young, This Episodes Guests: Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Kane Anderson and Assistant Professor of Religion Michael Zbaraschuk.

TACOMA, WASH. (Feb. 24, 2016)- The sixth episode of “Open to Interpretation” features a discussion of the word “interpret” among host and Associate Professor of Communication Amy Young, Assistant Professor of Religion Michael Zbaraschuk and Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Kane Anderson.

Conversation Highlights

3:25: What comic book character would make the best President of the United States?

6:10: First thoughts on “interpret” – hermeneutics and production.

11:40: The responsibility of professional “interpreters.”

18:40 Similarities in modernizing super hero stories and the Bible.

22:10 The role of “edutainment” –why many interpretations prioritize being “interesting and fun.”

24:20 Common mistakes made by interpreters of theater and religion.

30:25 How religious and legal authorities adjust antiquated interpretations of culturally defining documents like the Bible and the U.S. Constitution?

“Open to Interpretation” is a new podcast devoted to exploring the meanings and implications of words commonly used in the news, on social media and on college campuses. Previous OTI topics include “Climate,” “Gender,” “Violence” and “Advocacy.” Episodes of OTI are released once per month. If you have feedback, comments or ideas for episodes, please email producer Zach Powers at powerszs@plu.edu.

Professor of Communication Amy Young, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Kane Anderson and Assistant Professor of Religion Michael Zbaraschuk.
PLU professors Kane Anderson, Amy Young and Michael Zbaraschuk.

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