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"Soul Searching" documentary on work of ND sociologist to premiere at DeBartolo

Author: Arts and Letters


“Soul Searching,” a new documentary film on the spiritual and religious life of teenagers, will be shown for the first time at 7p.m. Wednesday (April 18) in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s Browning Cinema.

The hourlong film is based on seven years of ongoing research by Christian Smith, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame and director of the Center for the Study of Religionand Society. Smith collaborated with Michael and Timothy Eaton of Revelation Studios in Santa Barbara, Calif., to produce a video portrait of the lives of the American teenagers who were the subjects of his study.

Smith, who also is the author of a recent book, “Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers,” will attend the screening and lead a discussion afterwards.

The premiere is a free but ticketed event sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religionand Society. Tickets may be reserved by calling the DeBartolo Center’s ticket office at 574-631-2800.

Contact: Trish Snell, programs and research specialist at the Center for the Study of Religionand Society, at 574-631-2695 or

Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on April 13, 2007.