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University of Southern California

Stories of Social Change: Spirituality in Action

Stories of Social Change: Spirituality in Action

A multimedia exhibit on display at

USC Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN)

August 21 – September 21, 2023

A global team of journalists and researchers at the University of Southern California produced more than 100 stories about people dedicated to working for positive social change as part of the Spiritual Exemplars Project.

Often underreported and unseen, spiritual impulses can move individuals and communities toward justice, equality and compassion.

Explore these narratives as you walk through this multimedia exhibit at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. This website presents video and audio that accompany the photographs on display in Wallis Annenberg Hall.

Exhibit Reception
September 12, 2023 @ 4:30 pm
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Journalists share their experience reporting on “Spiritual Exemplars”


Tour the Exhibit

Listen to music by people featured in the exhibit while touring the exhibit or at home.

Musical notesApple Music

The “Stories of Social Change: Spirituality in Action” exhibit is presented in three parts. Begin by taking the stairs or elevator to Floor 2:

Map of Exhibit in Wallis Annenberg Hall, floor 1
Map of Exhibit in Wallis Annenberg Hall, floor 2
Map of Exhibit in Wallis Annenberg Hall, floor 3

QR Codes throughout the exhibit lead to audio or video content that allow you dive deeper into the world of the photograph. You also can access the full videos, podcast episodes or written stories on this website.

Follow the links below to see multimedia content for each part of the exhibit:

Button to Exemplars Page

Button to Spirituality Page

Button to "In Action" page

About the Exhibit

“Spirituality in Action: Stories of Social Change” is hosted by the Knight Program for Media and Religion at the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism in partnership with the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC). It draws from the work for a team of journalists and researchers who profiled 104 “Spiritual Exemplars” as part of CRCC’s global project on engaged spirituality, which took place from 2018-2023.

The Spiritual Exemplar Project is supported by the John Templeton Foundation and Templeton Religion Trust. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of these organizations.


Exhibit Host: Diane Winston, Knight Chair for Media and Religion, USC Annenberg

Project Director: Donald E. Miller, USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture

Exhibit Co-Directors: Hebah Farrag, Megan Sweas, USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture

Curators: Magdalena and Noel Rojo, Narrative Consulting

Graphic Design: Margi Denton, Denton Design Associates

Website and Video Production: Stephen Serrano (USC Annenberg, 2024)

Contributors: Jerry Berndt (in memoriam), Jude Joffe-Block, Ken Chitwood, Innocent Eteng, Patricia Fortlage, Linda Freund, Patti Jette, Kim Lawton, Julia Lieblich, Donald E. Miller, Julien Pebrel, Mary Annette Pember, Noel Rojo, Priyadarshini Sen, Soumya Shankar, Shaina Shealy, Heidi Shin, Nick Street, Megan Sweas, Erin Walters-Bugbee

Special thanks to Jim Yoder, Patricia Carvajal, Suzanne Boretz, Rachelle Martin, Cesar Landaverde, Sandy Alexander Print Team, Classic Litho and Design and Advantage ColorGraphics

We thank our reception co-sponsors:

  • USC School of Religion
  • USC Office for Religious and Spiritual Life
  • USC Annenberg Center on Public Diplomacy
  • Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC