NetVUE Regional Gathering
"Vocation and Gen Z: Meaning-Making with Digital Natives"

October 13-14, 2017

Benedictine University
5700 College Avenue, Lisle, IL

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Registration Fee: $50 per person
Registration Deadline: October 10, 2017
Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) account required to register

Gen Z are the first true digital natives. This conference focuses on how to understand them and engage them in reflection on vocation in a way that is authentic and gives them critical distance to the world of the glass screen.

Vocational reflection should question the basic assumptions of the on-line world: that we exist to shop; that those with the shiniest stuff are most worthwhile, and that life doesn’t matter unless it is shared on social media. Critical reflection can help these students to integrate their scattered interests, deepen their connections to God and social justice, and commit to sustained personal development of a life of meaning and purpose.

Many of this generation are lacking the traditional vocabulary of their faith tradition; the conference speakers will help us bridge the gap between the language of vocation in faith communities, and the language of meaning and purpose among Gen Z students from many religious traditions as well as the self-identified “nones”.


Kerry Cronin

Associate Director, Lonergan Institute
Philosophy Department Fellow, Center for Student Formation

Kerry Cronin earned her BA and MA in Philosophy from Boston College and her PhD in Higher Education Administration from BC’s Lynch School of Education. She is the Associate Director of the Lonergan Institute at Boston College and the Faculty Fellow in BC’s Center for Student Formation. For the past 18 years, she has taught in the Boston College interdisciplinary Perspectives Program, a Philosophy and Theology program in the “great-books” tradition. Additionally, she works extensively with undergraduates in retreat programs at BC and is a regular speaker on college campuses, addressing topics of student culture and formation.

Heidi Campbell
Heidi Campbell

Heidi A. Campbell received her Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in Computer-Mediated Communication and Theology in 2002. She is an Associate Professor of Communication and affiliate faculty in Religious Studies at Texas A&M University. She teaches undergrad and graduate course in digital media, religious studies and communications. She is also director of the Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies, and the founder of Digital Religion studies, which explores how religious belief and practices are performed online and offline in digital culture. She has published 7 books, over 90 journal articles and given over 79 keynotes and invited talks on her research in the USA and abroad. Her research widely recognized as an expert on religion and the internet, she and her work have been quoted in over 100 newspapers and media outlet’s from the BBC World Service and PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly to the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. Dr. Campbell has also received the Religious Communication Association’s Scholar of the Year Award, the Southwest Commission on Religious Studies Junior Scholars Award and TAMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence in Transformational Teaching & Learning Award.

Heidi A Campbell is Associate Professor of Communication and affiliate faculty in Religious Studies at Texas A&M University. She is also director of the Network for New Media, Religion & Digital Culture Studies and author of numerous articles and books on digital religion including Exploring Religious Community Online (Peter Lang, 2005), When Religion Meets New Media (Routledge, 2010) and co-author of Networked Theology (Baker Academic 2016).

Talk title: Digital Religion and Generation Z: How the Internet Informs Popular Ideas about Faith

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 13
Time Event
4:00-8:00 p.m.
4:30-5:45 p.m
Keynote Speaker: Kerry Cronin
6:00-7:00 p.m.
7:00-9:00 p.m. Dinner  

Saturday, October 14
Time/Location Event
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
9:00-9:30 a.m.
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Heidi Campbell
11:00-11:15 a.m.
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Small Group Discussions
12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion
Panelists: Kerry Cronin and Heidi Campbell
2:30-3:00 p.m. Conference Closing

Directions and Accommodations

Directions to Benedictine University campus locations can be found on the Campus Location and Maps page. Lodgings are available at the following local hotel options:

3003 Corporate West Dr. 
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 505-0900

Special NetVUE event rate: $95 per night for Friday, October 13 through Saturday, October 14

Mention group name "Benedictine University - NetVUE Regional Gathering" and/or group code CBUN. Reservations must be made by September 22, 2017 to receive group rate. More information can be found in the Hilton Reservations Instructions (PDF).

Hyatt Regency Lisle/Naperville

1400 Corporetum Dr.
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 852-1234

Chicago Marriott Naperville

1801 N Naper Blvd.
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 505-4900