Cinestudio to Host Screening of ‘Spotlight’ and Q&A with ‘Boston Globe’ Religion Reporter

Trinity College Professor Leads Discussion After March 24 Showing of Best Picture Winner

Hartford, Connecticut, March 22, 2016 – A March 24 screening of the Academy Award-winning film Spotlight at Cinestudio will be followed by a Q&A with Michael Paulson, the former religion reporter for The Boston Globe who won a Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2003 as part of the team that investigated the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal. Spotlight, which won this year’s Oscar for Best Picture, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Cinestudio, located on the Trinity College campus at 300 Summit St. Admission is $9; $7 for Friends of Cinestudio cardholders, seniors, and students.


​The Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe team. From left: Mark Morrow, Michael Paulson, Thomas Farragher, Michael Rezendes, Matthew Carroll, Sacha Pfeiffer, Kevin Cullen, Ben Bradlee Jr., Walter V. Robinson, Globe editor Martin Baron, and Stephen Kurkjian. (Globe Staff Photo / John Blanding)
Paulson now covers theater for The New York Times. In addition to having previously worked as an editor and religion reporter for the Times and the Globe, he was part of the Globe team that co-authored the book, Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church (Back Bay Books, 2002). Paulson is a native of Newton, Mass., and a graduate of Haverford College in Haverford, Penn.

After the film, Paulson will take questions and engage in a discussion with Mark Silk, director of the Leonard Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life and professor of religion in public life at Trinity College. Silk, who has known Paulson for about 15 years, said Paulson will talk about how well he thinks Spotlight conveys what was going on at the Globe at the time of the investigation. “He was the religion reporter for the Globe when all of this happened,” Silk said of Paulson. “He walked into the biggest religion story in the history of the world.”


Spotlight tells the story of the Globe’s team of reporters who investigated sexual abuse by Catholic priests. (Open Road Films)
While Paulson’s name is mentioned in the film, he does not appear onscreen as a character. “What makes him so interesting is, as a religion specialist, he could offer perspective on the whole story,” Silk said. “The movie ends in January 2002 with the publication of the initial Spotlight coverage, then the huge, mega-story begins, and that’s where his whole engagement in this exercise really starts.” Paulson continued to write about the scandal and its aftermath for years.

Silk – whose Trinity courses include “Religion and the Media” and “Religion and American Politics” – said he also plans to ask Paulson where he thinks this story is today, and what impact he believes the scandal had on Catholicism in New England. Paulson will take questions from the audience as time allows.

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Written by Andrew J. Concatelli