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Read Mercer Schuchardt is Associate Professor of Communication at Wheaton College, where he
received the 2011-12 Leland Ryken Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities. He earned his
B.A. in English Literature at Swarthmore College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Media Ecology at New York
University, where he studied under the invitation and guidance of the late Neil Postman. With ten years
corporate experience in New York City advertising and marketing, and scholarly expertise in film, media
structures and cultural/religious symbolic evolution, he has taught students from 68 different countries.
He is the founder of the award-winning website Metaphilm, editor of the collection You Do Not Talk
About Fight Club (BenBella, 2008), and co-author of Understanding Jacques Ellul (Wipf&Stock,
2012). He was raised on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, spent college summers working in France,
Germany, and Italy, and has lived and worked in the United States and Switzerland. A global nomad and
third culture kid whose parents worked for the Experiment in International Living, he has travelled to five
continents and 26 countries. He is the father of eight children, an avid model airplane builder, a culinary
adventurer, and an unrepentant bibliophile.