Writing, etc.

Publications and Work-In-Progress

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  [Under review.]  Explaining Jesus: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of a Phenomenon.  [Under contract with Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield.]

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2018, forthcoming).  Death in Documentaries: The Memento Mori Experience.  Leiden, Netherlands; Boston, Massachusetts: Brill | Rodopi  [forthcoming December 2017]

Book description:  Memento mori is a broad and understudied cultural phenomenon and experience. The term “memento mori” is a Latin injunction that means “remember mortality,” or more directly, “remember that you must die.”  In art and cultural history, memento mori appears widely, especially in medieval folk culture and in the well-known Dutch still life vanitas paintings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.   Yet memento mori extends well beyond these points in art and cultural history.  In Death in Documentaries: The Memento Mori Experience, Benjamin Bennett-Carpenter suggests that documentaries are an especially apt form of contemporary memento mori.  Bennett-Carpenter shows that documentaries may offer composed transformative experiences in which a viewer may renew one’s consciousness of mortality – and thus renew one’s life.  Keywords: film, documentary, philosophy, rhetoric, mortality, Eames, Powers of Ten, Wim Wenders, Notebook on Cities and Clothes, Derek Jarman, Blue, 9/11, phenomenology, Vivian Sobchack, Bill Nichols 

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2017).  Consilience as way forward for interdisciplinary studies of religions.  Integrative Pathways: The Newsletter of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, 39(4), 2-3, 15.

Excerpt:  "Religions arguably are complex phenomena that require interdisciplinary studies. Though starkly obvious to AIS members and others engaged in interdisciplinary work, sometimes one must state to other colleagues and to the public at-large that no single discipline can do justice to the phenomena that end up being labeled “religion”, “religions”, or “religious”, among other related labels such as “spiritual”. Religions are not unique in this fact of their complexity. Rather, religions may be considered one (immense) set of case studies in the interdisciplinary study of complexity."

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2017).  Use of the phrase 'personal relationship with Jesus': Toward a comprehensive interdisciplinary explanation.  Zygon: Journal of Religion & Science, 52(3), 663-690.  DOI: 10.1111/zygo.12348

Abstract:  When people use the phrase “personal relationship with Jesus”, how does one explain that?  Normally attributed to evangelical Protestant Christians, use of the phrase “personal relationship with Jesus” is a complicated phenomenon, and an explanation of it requires drawing upon resources from across multiple disciplines rather than a single discipline only.  Attempts to explain exactly what the phrase “personal relationship with Jesus” means frequently can be mystifying, on the one hand, or dismissive and simplistic, on the other hand.  This article moves potentially toward a better context for understanding use of the phrase “personal relationship with Jesus” by drawing upon insights from multiple disciplines, including i) rhetorical and cultural-historical studies, ii) evolutionary and cognitive psychology; and iii) biological/behavioral and social/anthropological studies, in order to set forth some basic lines of explanation for use of the phrase “personal relationship with Jesus”.  The article concludes with some possible testable statements for future empirical studies.  Keywords:  religion, interdisciplinary, rhetorical, cognitive, evolutionary psychology, psychological, biological, person, Jesus, social

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2014).  Facing up: Psychotherapists writing about dealing with the idea of one's own death.  Mortality: Promoting the Interdisciplinary Study of Death and Dying, 19(4), 361-378.  DOI: 10.1080/13576275.2014.943169

Abstract:  This article discusses psychotherapists writing about their own dealings with mortality.  It includes a review of select literature (including, among others, Feinsilver, 1998; Sussman, 1992, 1995; and Yalom, 2008) with a focus on psychotherapists writing about dealing with the idea of his or her own future death. Themes that emerged from interviews with two existentially oriented psychotherapists are elaborated.  The article includes personal/professional reflections by the author, along with possible clinical applications for psychotherapists, health care providers, or other caring people who deal with mortality issues.  Keywords: mortality, death, psychotherapy, psychotherapists, writing, existential

Bennett-Carpenter, B., McCallion, M.J., & Maines, D.R.  (2013).  <Personal relationship with Jesus>: A popular ideograph among evangelical Catholics.  Journal of Communication and Religion, 36(1): 1-24.

Abstract: In America and beyond, Roman Catholics have recently taken up the common phrase <personal relationship with Jesus> used by evangelical Protestants.  Far from remaining eccentric in a Catholic context, the phrase has been used in recent years at local, national, and international levels in the Roman Catholic Church.  Building on the work of Michael McGee and others (McGee, 1975, 1980, 2001; Martin, 1983; Charland, 1987; Larson, 1992; Maines and Bridger, 1992; Condit & Lucaites, 1993; Delgado, 1995, 1999; Moore, 1996; Edwards & Winkler 1997; Cloud, 2004; Palczewski, 2005; Hayden, 2009), we suggest that <personal relationship with Jesus> operates as a popular ideographic phrase within the context of "evangelical Catholics."  This observation and analysis is important because it may indicate a shift in religious identity among Catholics that could suggest, among other things, a growing rhetorical convergence with evangelical Protestants.  It also points to the ongoing power of ideographs in religious contexts.  Keywords: rhetoric, religion, ideograph, evangelical, Catholic, Jesus, culture

Bennett-Carpenter, B., & McCallion, M.J.  (2012).  Specialized, ecclesial ideography: The <new evangelization> in the Catholic church.  Michigan Academician XLI (1), 1-21.

Abstract: This article suggests that analysis of ideographs is useful within specialized contexts.  The authors analyze the emergence of the <new evangelization> as an ideograph in the Roman Catholic church at international, national, and local levels.  With its remarkable plasticity and power, <new evangelization> rhetoric has come to galvanize the leadership of the Catholic church even as varying or conflicting ideas are advanced under that rhetoric.  The <new evangelization> operates as a specialized ideograph that remains primarily internal to the Catholic church but has implications beyond it.  The authors suggest a continued and extensive application for analyzing ideographs in culture.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2012).  If you could ask any question: Introducing open inquiry-based, student-centered writing projects .  In Lori Østergaard (Ed.), Grizz Writes: A Guide to First-Year Writing at Oakland University, pp. 43-51.  1st edition.  Southlake, Texas: Fountainhead Press.  

           [2nd edition 2013; 3rd ed. 2014; 4th ed. 2015 (this and subsequent editions edited by L. Østergaard & D. Hammontree); 5th ed. 2016]

Excerpt: "Many Oakland University writing instructors start with you – the student – and your questions or chosen topics.  This approach to writing projects is what we call open inquiry-based and student-centered.  In this chapter, I describe what an open inquiry-based project is, provide an example of the kind of open inquiry assignment you might encounter in an Oakland University writing course, and outline some reasons why your writing instructor may choose to use an open inquiry-based, student-centered approach to teach writing.  Following the crucial questions in your life right now – through your writing projects – may lead to some of the most meaningful or significant work that you have ever done."

McCallion, M.J., Bennett-Carpenter, B., & Maines, D.R.  (2012).  Individualism and community as contested rhetorics in the Catholic New Evangelization movement.  Review of Religious Research, 54(3): 291-310.  DOI: 10.1007/s13644-012-0069-y

Abstract:  This article addresses a new religious movement within one of the oldest ecclesiastical organizations in Christendom—the Catholic Church. The Catholic New Evangelization (NE) is an intra-ecclesial movement articulated and inspired by the late Pope John Paul II.  Our analysis of this movement focuses on the emerging tensions between the contrasting individualist and communalist orientations of Vatican II Catholics and NE Catholics respectively.  We examine responses to NE rhetoric and its implementation in the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit’s central services, the archdiocesan seminary, and two local Detroit parishes.  At these sites, the NE rhetoric, especially in its emphasis on having a “personal relationship with Jesus,” has intensified individual versus community tensions among Catholic professionals and lay leaders in the Detroit area.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2008).  Still the king of queens?  Kenneth Burke,
The Rhetoric of Religion, and the theorizing of rhetoric and religion now.  In J. Selzer & R. Wess (Eds.), Kenneth Burke and His Circles, pp. 161-173.  West Lafayette, Indiana: Parlor.

Essay description: Kenneth Burke's book The Rhetoric of Religion (1961) remains the key contemporary text on the topic of rhetoric and religion, even with other important contributions being made by other thinkers and scholars, and even under intense criticism for what some take to be Burke's "essentialism."  Burke's text, like Augustine's De doctrina christiana, has taken a "canonical" position in a rhetorical tradition that now is increasingly replaced by localized studies of particular rhetorical features of particular communications or actions of particular religious bodies.  A reading of religion can be drawn out of Burke's text that, in part, suggests why, if not taken too literally, his text remains highly influential.

McCallion, M.J, & Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2008).  Displays of faith: Material/visual vs. cognitive/verbal.  Review of Religious Research, 49(4): 427-437.

Abstract: Displays of faith, discussed in this paper as evangelization, are often associated with the verbal, not the non-verbal.  In common perception, these displays tend to be related to Protestants more than Catholics.  With a number of qualifications, we find, however, that the data indicate possible non-verbal forms of publicly displaying faith that appear more frequently among Catholics than Protestants.  Our data lead us to suggest that distinctions persist between Catholics and Protestants in terms of emphases upon the material versus the cognitive and the visual versus the verbal.  These findings could suggest less usual conceptions of public displays of faith than those found in the literature.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2007).   On the ‘obvious’ in science and religion: Some recent flashpoints in the media and the academy.  Council of Societies for the Study of Religion Bulletin [CSSR Bulletin], 36(3): 80-83.

Essay description: When people use the term "obvious" in relation to discussions of science and religion, I feel a sense of caution because of the complexity of the issues, the relative lack of knowledge on a number of fronts in a wide range of research areas, and because I am inclined to be sensitive to religionists (those who practice and/or study religion).  Recent efforts by Richard Dawkins (2006) [this article contains an error, naming him "Peter Dawkins"] and Daniel Dennett (2006) to bring the study of religion into a scientific context present a problem for many religionists because of what appears to be outright sneering.  Meanwhile, earlier efforts on bringing religion within empirical explanation such as Freud and Durkheim may be referred to for their elegance, in the first place, and their respect for religious practices, in the second.  The memetic explanation of religion from Dawkins (1999; 2006) and Susan Blackmore (2000) is quite interesting and makes a compelling argument, though the work of Pascal Boyer (2001) and others that draw social and cognitive science to bear on religion may be more satisfying.  The next step is controlled experimental work in relation to the study of religion, society, and culture, though many will take this kind of work to be like biological studies on Shakespeare or Hip Hop.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2002).  Quoting Mieke Bal's navel: Contemporary theory, preposterous religion.  Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory [jcrt.org], 4 (1):
para. 1-48.
 
Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2000).  The divine simulacrum of Andy Warhol: Baudrillard's light on the pope of pop's 'religious art.  Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory [jcrt.org], 1 (3): para. 1-36.


Dissertation
Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2008).  "Moving memento mori pictures: Documentary, mortality, and transformation in three films."  Ph.D. dissertation, Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.


Conference Panel, Poster, and Paper Presentations

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2017, October 21).  Pitfalls and possibilities for consilience in the interdisciplinary study of religions.  Presentation to the Interdisciplinary Study of Religions section of the annual meeting of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland. 

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2016, October 28).  Consilience as the way forward for interdisciplinary studies of religions.  Paper presentation for the annual national meeting of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS), Ottawa, Canada. 

Bennett-Carpenter, B. (2016, March 4).  The original contribution of 'comprehensive' interdisciplinary inquiry.  Presentation to the annual meeting of the Interdisciplinary Studies section, Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters, Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, Michigan. 

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2015, March 13).  A case-based, interdisciplinary approach to understanding instances when people "hear voices" or "talk to" entities. Presentation to the annual meeting of the Interdisciplinary Studies section, Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Ruszkiewicz, S, Todoroff, P., Doyle, C., Gabrion, L., & Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2015, February 12).  Helping students overcome the odds in the classroom. Panel presentation for the annual Michigan Student Success conference, hosted in Troy, Michigan by Oakland University.  

Bennett-Carpenter, B., McCallion, M.J., & Maines, D.R.  (2014, November 14).  Recent variations on the 'personal relationship with Jesus' ideograph in the Roman Catholic church.  Paper presentation for the annual meeting of the Religious Communication Association (RCA) pre-conference for the National Communication Association conference (NCA), University of Illinois, Chicago. 

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2014, November 1).  Against silver bullet explanations for religion: Toward interdisciplinary conversations that allow for both consilience and divergence.  Paper presentation for the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR), Indianapolis, as part of The Religious Studies Project panel on "Religious Experience: Understanding and Explaining", organized and convened by Christopher Silver and Thomas J.Coleman III; recording available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJp5DiV3WKc&feature=youtu.be 

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2014, October 31).  Explaining 'Jesus' as a 'person' with special features: Boyer applied.  Paper presentation for the sessions on Biological and Evolutionary Aspects of Religion (BEAR) for the annual 
meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR), Indianapolis.  

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2014, October 18).  Can various disciplinary terms for units of cultural information be integrated?  From 'representations', 'signs', 'memes', and 'ideographs' to what?  Paper presentation for the annual national meeting of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS), Michigan State University. 

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2014, February 28). 
Integrating insights from multiple disciplines toward understanding 'Jesus' as a 'person' with special features in the context of human beings’ 'hyperactive agency detection' system.  Paper presentation to the annual meeting of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, Letters, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2013, November 9).  Toward a multilevel explanation of a 'personal relationship with Jesus': From big histories to little conversations. 
Paper presentation to the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR), Boston.

Bennett-Carpenter, B., & McCallion, M.J.  (2013, November 8).  The rise of the 'new evangelization': Post-Vatican II to 1992 to 2012.  Paper presentation to the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR), Boston.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2013, May 31).  Increased engagement for students through small group & individual face to face time blended with online activities.  In-person and powerpoint/audio presentation for the Effective Teaching with Technology sessions of the annual eCornucopia conference (http://www2.oakland.edu/elis/conference.cfm), Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2013, March 22).  Preliminaries toward understanding the phrase "personal relationship with Jesus": Sketching out the multilevel and interdisciplinary context.  Paper presentation for the annual meeting of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, & Letters, Hope College, Holland, Michigan.

Bennett-Carpenter, B., Sifonis, C., & Harper, G.  (2012, October 12).  Conceiving creativity in universities and beyond.  Panel presentation for the national meeting of the Association for Integrative Studies meeting hosted by Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. 

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2012, March 2).  A therapist dealing with the idea of one's own death.  Digital poster presentation for the annual meeting of the
Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, & Letters, Alma College, Alma, Michigan.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2011, October 13).  'If you could ask any question': An investigative, critical, and/or creative project as a teaching/learning model in integrative studies.  Paper presentation for the national meeting of
Association for Integrative Studies hosted by Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2011, April 15-17).  Dealing with the inevitability and finality of one's own death in existential therapy: Personal & professional reflections.  Poster presentation for the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Division 32: Society of Humanistic Psychology, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago.


Bennett-Carpenter, B., & K. Ivanoff.  (2011, April 15-17).  Becoming humanistic: Personal accounts of newcomers to humanistic psychology.  Poster presentation for the American Psychological Association, Division 32: Society of Humanistic Psychology, Chicago.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2011, March 11).  'Creativity' as 'producing new configurations: From the mystical and the divergent to the open.  Paper presentation for the annual meeting of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, & Letters, Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, Michigan.


Bennett-Carpenter, B., McCallion, M.J., & Maines, D.R.. (2010, October 31).  <Personal relationship with Jesus>: A popular ideographic phrase among evangelical Catholics.  Paper presentation for the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Baltimore.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2010, March 26).  Genius of the ideograph: Graphics, ideology, emotion, ritual.  Paper presentation for the annual meeting of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2009, November 12-15).  The ideograph revisited: Political, cultural, specialized.  Paper presentation for the annual national meeting of the National Communication Association, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Chicago.

Bennett-Carpenter, B., & McCallion, M.J.  (2009, October 22-25).  Varieties of evangelization rhetoric among New Evangelization Catholics.  Paper presentation for the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Denver.

McCallion, M.J., & Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2009, October 22-25).  The network of the New Evangelization.  Paper presentation for the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Denver.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2009, August).  Theorizing documentary film: Contemporary memento mori.  Paper presentation for the Visible Evidence XVI conference, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2009, March).  Explaining religions within information rhetorics.   Paper presentation for the annual meeting of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters, Wayne State University, Detroit.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2008, October).  Textual sources for the emergence of the New Evangelization in metropolitan Detroit.  Paper presentation for the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion / Religious Research Association, Louisville, Kentucky.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2008, June).  From conversion to transformation in contemporary rhetorical and religious theory.  Invited paper presentation for the 7th Triennial Kenneth Burke Conference, Villanova University, Pennsylvania.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2006, November).  A new mediation of an old art: Documentary film as memento mori.  Paper presentation for the panel “Methods and Approaches in the Study of Religion, Media, and Culture,” Religion, Media, and Culture Consultation, national meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Washington, DC.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2006, October).  On Vivian Sobchack's 'documentary consciousness': Film's special intimacy with death revisited.  Paper presentation for the “Constructions of Death, Mourning, and Memory” conference, sponsored by the WAPACC Organization, Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2005, July).  Still the kings of queens? Kenneth Burke, The Rhetoric of Religion, and the theorizing of rhetoric and religion now.  Paper presentation for “Kenneth Burke and His Circles,” the 19th Penn State Conference on Rhetoric and Composition and triennial conference of the Kenneth Burke Society, University Park, Pennsylvania.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2000).  Worlds colliding: Images of Ganesa.  Paper presentation for the Mid-Atlantic regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Glen Mills, Pennsylvania.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (1999).  Questions of the divine and demonic, of neurosis and creativity in Teresa of Avila's Life.  Paper presentation for the Rocky Mountain-Great Plains regional meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), Colorado College, Colorado Springs.

Other Presentations
"It's In the Cards for You: A Workshop on College Success, Life, & Writing," invited presentations and workshops for the Horizons Upward Bound (HUB) - Cranbrook alumni class of 2017 College Success Seminar, Gordon Science Building, Cranbrook Educational Community (July 10-13, 2017).

"It's In the Cards for You: A Workshop on College Success, Life, & Writing," invited presentations and workshops for the Horizons Upward Bound (HUB) - Cranbrook alumni class of 2016 College Success Seminar, Gordon Science Building, Cranbrook Educational Community (July 11-14, 2016).

"What to Expect in College: Resources for College & University Writing, Reading, & Communications," invited presentation for the Horizons Upward Bound (HUB) - Cranbrook alumni class of 2015 College Success Seminar, Gordon Science Building, Cranbrook Educational Community (July 17, 2015).

"Helping Students Overcome the Odds in the Classroom."  Organized and convened by S. Ruszkiewicz and presented with C. Doyle, L. Gabrion, S. Todoroff, and S. Ruszkiewicz for the annual Department of Writing & Rhetoric spring seminar, Oakland University (May 4, 2015). 

"Project Proposal," invited presentation on "pre-writing" for Faculty Development meeting, Department of Writing & Rhetoric, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan (October 31, 2012).

"Comments on, and an Exercise of, 'Creativity' as 'Producing New Configurations,'" invited presentation for the Liberal Arts 100 course: Introduction to the Arts and Sciences, Bachelor of Liberal Arts Program, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan (June 12, 2012).


"Remarks on the Agenda of 'Religious Literacy' Versus Other Literacies," invited presentation for the Religion and Society Debate Cycle, "Religious (Il)Literacy: The Stephen Prothero Debate," held at the Oakland Center, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan (November 4, 2009).

“To Personify or Not to Personify?  Understanding God-Talk and the Lack Thereof,” invited presentation for the Thursday Forum, held at Birmingham Unitarian Church, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (January 29, 2009).

Blog Posting
Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2013, Aug - present).  Cruel Garters Blog.  http://cruelgarters.blogspot.com/

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2013, September 15).  Response to Sarah Moran by Ben Bennett-Carpenter.  [blog posting.]  The Catholic Conversation: From a Sociologist's Perspective blog posting for the University of Notre Dame Blog Network.  Retrieved from http://blogs.nd.edu/thecc/2013/09/15/response-to-sarah-moran-by-ben-bennett-carpenter-2/ on 19 September 2013.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2012, November 1).  Response to Sarah Moran by Ben Bennett-Carpenter.  [blog posting.]  The Catholic Conversation: From a Sociologist's Perspective blog posting for the University of Notre Dame Blog Network.  Retrieved from https://blogs.nd.edu/thecc/2012/11/01/response-to-sarah-moran-by-ben-bennett-carpenter/#more-1996 on 1 November 2012. 


References in Media
Elliot, K.  (2014, August 5).  Faces: Benjamin Bennett-Carpenter.  [profile article.]  Downtown -- Birmingham - Bloomfield.   Retrieved from http://www.downtownpublications.com/1editorialbody.lasso?-token.folder=comm/2014/08/05&-token.story=218815.112113&-token.disearea=2&-nothing&-token.disearea=1 on 15 May 2015.

Esshaki, T.  (2014, April 14).  Bloomfield Hills-based poetry magazine boasts local, national talent.  [article.]  Bloomfield Eagle / C&G Newspapers.  Retrieved at http://www.candgnews.com/news/bloomfield-hills-based-poetry-magazine-boasts-local-national-talent on 15 May 2015.

Moran, S.  (2013, August 22).  New research: 'Specialized, ecclesial ideography: The "new evangelization" in the Catholic church'.  [blog posting.]  The Catholic Conversation: From a Sociologist's Perspective blog posting for the University of Notre Dame Blog Network.  Retrieved from http://blogs.nd.edu/thecc/2013/08/22/new-research-specialized-ecclesial-ideography-the-new-evangelization-in-the-catholic-church/ on 3 September 2013.

Moran, S.  (2012, October 8).  New scholarship: Contested rhetorics in the new evangelization movement.  [blog posting.]  The Catholic Conversation: From a Sociologist's Perspective blog posting for the University of Notre Dame Blog Network.  Retrieved from http://blogs.nd.edu/thecc/2012/10/08/new-scholarship-contested-rhetorics-in-the-new-evangelization-movement/#more-1814 on 8 October 2012.

"Many earn masters, doctorates from MiSPP," Observer and Eccentric (Farmington, Michigan) [newspaper article] (August 21, 2011).

Other Select Projects

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2009-2010).  Promoting politeness: Emotion work, teaching efficacy, and satisfaction in an online writing course.  Action research project/proposal for The Meadow Brook Writing Project and the Department of Writing and Rhetoric, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.

McCallion, M.J., & Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2005-2010).  Specializing in the New Evangelization: Social connections, conflict, and renewal among Detroit Catholics.  Working documents with first author Michael J. McCallion, Chair of Catholic Social Analysis, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Detroit.


McCallion, M.J., & Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2009).  Survey on the New Evangelization in six parishes in the Archdiocese of Detroit.  Unpublished data/report.

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2003-2004).  The John Courtney Murray--Robert MacIver correspondences on the American Academic Freedom Project (1951-1954).  Transcription of the John Courtney Murray Papers, Box 2, Folder 147, Georgetown University Library, Special Collections Division.  Directed by Joseph Komonchak.

Jaramillo, R., & Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (1996).  Sin hogar [Sp.: 'homeless']: Snapshots of the limited-English Mexican immigrant homeless in metro Denver.  Unpublished study, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Colorado at Denver.  Directed by Franklin J. James.


Poetry
Armstrong, G., & Bennett-Carpenter, B. (Eds.)  (2013-pres.)  Cruel Garters.  No 1. (March 2013).  [http://cruelgarters.cruelgarters.com/]

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2016).  "Super Powers."  In Poetry Leaves collection.  Waterford Public Library, Waterford, Michigan.  

Bennett-Carpenter, B.  (2012).  [5 poems].  In C. Hall & E. Davis (Eds.), In the company of writers 2010.  Meadow Brook Writing Project.

Poems include "You've Got A Picture There", "I'm From The Land Of Layered Lasagna", "The Table Is Laid Out", "Leave It Up", and "A Cushy Timetable".


Research Areas


Academic Discourse ( + Rhetoric of Inquiry / Research & Writing Across the Disciplines + Integrative Studies)

- orders of explanation to account for phenomena
- "information" rhetorics in humanities, social science, and natural sciences
- humanities, social scientific, and scientific methods -- differences & overlap / differentiation & integration

Religion & Society ( + Social Scientific Study of Religion)

- humanities, social scientific, and scientific explanations of religious ideas and practices
- multidisciplinary / transdisciplinary research & writing on religions in America, American religions, & secularism
- ethnographic / qualitative social scientific research of "new evangelization" practice

Media & Communication Studies ( + Phenomenology of Media & Film Experience)
 
- documentary film experience as memento mori (coming to consciousness of mortality)
- memento mori as a cultural phenomenon in art, literature, film and beyond
- representation, simulacra, and "ideography" studies

Psychology (Existential-Humanistic Psychology + Clinical Psychology)
 
- how existential concerns such as survival & mortality arise & are dealt with in therapy
- affect as "information" in therapy
- creativity studies