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Campus Programming Committee

September 26, 2017

Creating 360° Immersive Tours of Sacred Spaces

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Chicago History Museum

Tuesday, September 26


Join Ben Zeller, associate professor of religion, at the Chicago History Museum to hear about the virtual tours he has created about some of Chicago’s most historically important sacred spaces. These immersive digital experiences explore the history, architecture, spiritual background, and liturgical uses of the houses of worship.

Chicago’s Architectural Past: NOW

Discover how Chicago’s past architectural stories are being shared with today’s technology. Presented by Digital Chicago faculty Fellows from Lake Forest College, this three-part series of talks delves into a range of topics including 360° photography of sacred spaces, family home design after WWII, and an urban archaeological dig. 

Ben Zeller, associate professor of religion at Lake Forest College, kicks off the series with his talk on 360° immersive digital tours of Chicagoland sacred space. 

6:00 p.m.: Reception with cash bar

6:30 p.m.: Lecture followed by Q+A

Ben Zeller is a scholar of religion in America with interests in new religious movements, religion and food, and religion and science. He holds a PhD in religious studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His teaching focuses on the history of religion in America, including several courses about Chicago’s religious landscape, for which he leads student groups in tours of the city’s many and diverse sacred spaces. Zeller has been a Chicago Fellow in both 2016 and 2017 for the college’s Digital Chicago: Unearthing History and Culture Mellon grant. He is the author of Heaven’s Gate: America’s UFO Religion and Prophets and Protons: new Religious Movements and Science in the Late Twentieth Century, and co-author of Religion, Food, and Eating in North America and The Bloomsbury Companion to New Religious Movements.


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