Advance Screening: CNN's Believer with Reza Aslan

Posted: January 23rd, 2017

CNN Original Series in partnership with Chicago Theological Seminary and our CTS special event Host Committee (see roster, below) will present a special advance screening of the new spiritual adventure series, Believer with Reza Aslan. The screening will be followed by a discussion with series host, and CTS Trustee, Reza Aslan and CTS Assistant Professor of Theological Field Education and New Testament, Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder.

While the event is sold out, you can "drop-in" on the conversation via Livestream on the CTS YouTube channel. Mark your calendar!

Monday, February 20, 2017
6:00 pm (CST) Introductions
6:55 pm (CST) Conversation with Reza Aslan & Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, Assistant Prof. of Theological Field Education & New Testament.

Believer with Reza Aslan is a new CNN Original Series that follows the best-selling author and scholar of religions as he immerses himself in customs and faith rituals around the globe. In the six-part spiritual adventures series, Aslan explores Ultra-Orthodox Judaism in Israel, Scientology in the U.S., Hindu asceticism in India, Vodou in Haiti, Santa Muerte in Mexico, and an apocalyptic doomsday cult in Hawaii. The hour-long series, produced by Whalerock Industries with executive producers Aslan, Lloyd Braun, Liz Bronstein and Chris Cowan, will debut Sunday, March 5, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNN. 

Chicago Theological Seminary graciously thanks CNN Original Series for their partnership, and our CTS special event Host Committee for their leadership.

About Reza Aslan, CTS Trustee
As a producer for television and film, Aslan’s credits include Consulting Producer on HBO’s The Leftovers and Executive Producer (and Host) of a wonderful, unique talk show series that ran on Ovation earlier this year.  Titled Rough Draft, it featured in-depth interviews with premiere writers and show creators, including Norman Lear, Jill Soloway (Transparent, Six Feet Under), Mike White (Enlightened, Chuck and Buck), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Tim Kring (Heroes) and Gideon Raff (Homeland). He has a pilot in development at ABC.

Aslan also heads a media company called Boomgen, which he co-founded in 2006. Boomgen provides an array of targeted services ranging from strategic messaging to grassroots marketing to publicity and social media outreach, to producers, studios, and filmmakers for creative content from and about the Middle East.  Projects have included Jon Stewart’s Rosewater, Netflix’s The Square, Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, The Weinstein Company’s Miral, Discovery and TLC’s All American Muslim, and National Geographic’s Amreeka.

About CNN Original Series
The CNN Original Series group develops non-scripted programming for television via commissioned projects, acquisitions and in-house production. Amy Entelis, executive vice president of talent and content development, oversees CNN Original Series and CNN Films for CNN Worldwide.  Lizzie Fox, vice president of current programming, supervises production of all CNN Original Series.

About Chicago Theological Seminary
Based on Chicago’s Southside, CTS is committed to creating leaders for the next generation of religious leadership… whatever that may be. A leader in social justice, CTS is committed to interreligious engagement, and LGBTQIA, gender, racial and environmental justice.

CTS is a seminary affiliated with the United Church of Christ and an academic home to students from over 40 faith traditions. Since its inception in 1855, CTS has pushed the boundaries of the church in order to make faith more relevant and transform society toward God’s greater justice and mercy.

CTS extends our gratitude and deepest thanks to our CTS special event Host Committee:

Mariam Alsikafi
Andrea Billhardt ‘13
Brian G. Clarke*
Dr. Ramsey Ellis
Amy Everard
Denise M. Gardner
Dana Hokin
Tehmina Jauhar
Rev. Dr. Richard T. Kirchherr* ‘87
Rev. Janet E. MacLean* ‘98
Rabbi Dr. Rachel S. Mikva
David A. Mook* III
Dr. Howard C. Morgan* ‘10
Mimi Murley
Rev. David E. Pattee* ‘87
Richard N. Peterson
Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray
Dr. Susan Schaefer ‘02
Carole B. Segal*
Zack Shah
Melissa Skoog
Gladys M. Smith
Rev. Barbara K. Taylor ‘91
Norman J. Williams, Chairman*
Carol S. Wroble*
Angel Ysaguirre

*CTS Board of Trustees