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Mark Oppenheimer

Religion Journalist for The New York Times & Parenting Columnist

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 Mark Oppenheimer Biography

Mark Oppenheimer may hold a Ph.D. in religion from Yale, and has taught at Yale, Stanford and NYU, but he is most proud to be the only writer ever to contribute to both The Christian Century magazine and Playboy. Oppenheimer has always been interested in the wilder side of religion in America. In his beloved “Beliefs” column for The New York Times, on NPR, at the Aspen Ideas Festival and in major magazines, Oppenheimer brings to millions of readers unusual reports from the worlds of Shakers and Scientologists, Mormons and Muslims, and beyond.

As a journalist, public speaker and humorist, Oppenheimer is broadly interested in everything that promotes community, including religion but also walkable, close-knit neighborhoods and intact, resilient families, even those that take non-traditional forms. He considers his three great roles in life to be religion writer, neighborhood dweller and dad — all of which give him unending topics to write about, and a never-ending stream of stories to laugh about.

Oppenheimer is the author of two cutting-edge studies of religion and popular culture. The first, Knocking on Heaven's Door, describes how the tumult of the 1960s affected Protestants, Catholics and Jews in America. The second, Thirteen and a Day, tells the story of Oppenheimer's cross-country trip in search of unique bar and bat mitzvahs, from the Ozark Mountains to rural Louisiana to Alaska. His essay “40 Thoughts on a Fourth Daughter” won an honorable mention from Best American Essays 2014, and his parenting column, “Fatherland,” appears monthly in The New Republic. In his column, he has discussed such issues as how much television children should watch and the crazy fights over immunizing children.

Oppenheimer is deeply interested in how religious rituals help form and promote close-knit communities. He has written about how to overcome the intimidation factor when learning to pray for the first time, and about how weekly church or synagogue attendance can be fun for families. Even while writing for national magazines and working on his fourth book, Oppenheimer takes the time to investigate how people make tough choices — whether adults working in business, medicine, or other professions, or young people from their teen years to their thirties. He has delivered his humorous, accessible, intellectual speeches at colleges, high schools, churches, synagogues and civic group meetings across the country.

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Speaking Topics
  • The Bar Mitzvah Crasher

    In 2002-2003, Oppenheimer roamed the country, from Arkansas to Alaska, from Boston to the Louisiana Bayou, to explore how American Jews celebrate the bar and bat mitzvah today. Out of these travels emerged his classic book, Thirteen and a Day: The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Across America. In this talk, Oppenheimer shares some classic stories of sneaking in, getting free drinks on the house, and, in a moving twist, seeing his relatives’ tombstones in a Louisiana graveyard. But he also draws lessons about coming-of-age transitions, lessons that apply to Christians, Jews and other believers and non-believers alike.

  • American Religion Today (aka “They Believe What?”)

    Did you hear the one about the conservative Catholic who realized she was a lesbian so decided to remain unmarried and celibate forever? The Orthodox Jewish coffee obsessive who travels the country figuring out what is, and isn’t kosher in Starbucks coffee shops? The acting teacher who turned dozens of Hollywood actors into Scientologists? The atheist philosopher who was brainwashed by evangelical Christians as he began to lose his faculties, then wrote a book about his newfound belief in God? The elderly Zen priest who seduced female students for forty years, driving some of them insane in the process? In this speech, Oppenheimer talks about the best – and worst – of the stories he has covered in nearly 20 years on the religion beat. And he draws lessons about how a little prudence, and a sense of humor, can help bring out the best in religion, and avoid the worst.

  • The Unbelievers

    We are currently experiencing a great renewal of open, active atheism. Dozens of colleges have student groups for atheists; airport bookstores are stocked with best-sellers by atheists like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris; and a couple members of Congress now identify as non-believers. At the same time, in polls, a majority of Americans still say they’d rather not vote for an atheist candidate for president. Writing for the Times and elsewhere, Oppenheimer has been one of the leading journalists on the atheism beat, exploring both the positive side of this phenomenon and, in some cases, the dark side, as in his major investigation of sexism in the atheist movement. Ultimately, Oppenheimer addresses the major impact atheism will have on America going forward.

  • Dadhood

    In Caribbean Spanish, there is a slang term for a man who has only daughters: chancletero, which refers to a man who wears slippers (nobody is sure how the term came to refer to daughters, but Oppenheimer has some bizarre theories). Having spent nearly eight years working part-time and sharing child-care duties with his wife, Oppenheimer loves to share his stories of stay-at-home parenting, and to talk with PTAs, parenting groups, and education groups about the valuable role that men play in child-rearing. Drawing on stories from his popular “Fatherland” column, and from whatever spill he had to clean up last week, Oppenheimer engages his audience in an honest discussion of the highs, and messy lows, of fatherhood – or what he prefers to call dadhood.

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Mark Oppenheimer

Religion Journalist for The New York Times & Parenting Columnist

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Mark Oppenheimer Biography

Mark Oppenheimer may hold a Ph.D. in religion from Yale, and has taught at Yale, Stanford and NYU, but he is most proud to be the only writer ever to contribute to both The Christian Century magazine and Playboy. Oppenheimer has always been interested in the wilder side of religion in America. In his beloved “Beliefs” column for The New York Times, on NPR, at the Aspen Ideas Festival and in major magazines, Oppenheimer brings to millions of readers unusual reports from the worlds of Shakers and Scientologists, Mormons and Muslims, and beyond.

As a journalist, public speaker and humorist, Oppenheimer is broadly interested in everything that promotes community, including religion but also walkable, close-knit neighborhoods and intact, resilient families, even those that take non-traditional forms. He considers his three great roles in life to be religion writer, neighborhood dweller and dad — all of which give him unending topics to write about, and a never-ending stream of stories to laugh about.

Oppenheimer is the author of two cutting-edge studies of religion and popular culture. The first, Knocking on Heaven's Door, describes how the tumult of the 1960s affected Protestants, Catholics and Jews in America. The second, Thirteen and a Day, tells the story of Oppenheimer's cross-country trip in search of unique bar and bat mitzvahs, from the Ozark Mountains to rural Louisiana to Alaska. His essay “40 Thoughts on a Fourth Daughter” won an honorable mention from Best American Essays 2014, and his parenting column, “Fatherland,” appears monthly in The New Republic. In his column, he has discussed such issues as how much television children should watch and the crazy fights over immunizing children.

Oppenheimer is deeply interested in how religious rituals help form and promote close-knit communities. He has written about how to overcome the intimidation factor when learning to pray for the first time, and about how weekly church or synagogue attendance can be fun for families. Even while writing for national magazines and working on his fourth book, Oppenheimer takes the time to investigate how people make tough choices — whether adults working in business, medicine, or other professions, or young people from their teen years to their thirties. He has delivered his humorous, accessible, intellectual speeches at colleges, high schools, churches, synagogues and civic group meetings across the country.

Mark Oppenheimer Speaking Topics

  • The Bar Mitzvah Crasher

    In 2002-2003, Oppenheimer roamed the country, from Arkansas to Alaska, from Boston to the Louisiana Bayou, to explore how American Jews celebrate the bar and bat mitzvah today. Out of these travels emerged his classic book, Thirteen and a Day: The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Across America. In this talk, Oppenheimer shares some classic stories of sneaking in, getting free drinks on the house, and, in a moving twist, seeing his relatives’ tombstones in a Louisiana graveyard. But he also draws lessons about coming-of-age transitions, lessons that apply to Christians, Jews and other believers and non-believers alike.

  • American Religion Today (aka “They Believe What?”)

    Did you hear the one about the conservative Catholic who realized she was a lesbian so decided to remain unmarried and celibate forever? The Orthodox Jewish coffee obsessive who travels the country figuring out what is, and isn’t kosher in Starbucks coffee shops? The acting teacher who turned dozens of Hollywood actors into Scientologists? The atheist philosopher who was brainwashed by evangelical Christians as he began to lose his faculties, then wrote a book about his newfound belief in God? The elderly Zen priest who seduced female students for forty years, driving some of them insane in the process? In this speech, Oppenheimer talks about the best – and worst – of the stories he has covered in nearly 20 years on the religion beat. And he draws lessons about how a little prudence, and a sense of humor, can help bring out the best in religion, and avoid the worst.

  • The Unbelievers

    We are currently experiencing a great renewal of open, active atheism. Dozens of colleges have student groups for atheists; airport bookstores are stocked with best-sellers by atheists like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris; and a couple members of Congress now identify as non-believers. At the same time, in polls, a majority of Americans still say they’d rather not vote for an atheist candidate for president. Writing for the Times and elsewhere, Oppenheimer has been one of the leading journalists on the atheism beat, exploring both the positive side of this phenomenon and, in some cases, the dark side, as in his major investigation of sexism in the atheist movement. Ultimately, Oppenheimer addresses the major impact atheism will have on America going forward.

  • Dadhood

    In Caribbean Spanish, there is a slang term for a man who has only daughters: chancletero, which refers to a man who wears slippers (nobody is sure how the term came to refer to daughters, but Oppenheimer has some bizarre theories). Having spent nearly eight years working part-time and sharing child-care duties with his wife, Oppenheimer loves to share his stories of stay-at-home parenting, and to talk with PTAs, parenting groups, and education groups about the valuable role that men play in child-rearing. Drawing on stories from his popular “Fatherland” column, and from whatever spill he had to clean up last week, Oppenheimer engages his audience in an honest discussion of the highs, and messy lows, of fatherhood – or what he prefers to call dadhood.

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  • How to book Mark Oppenheimer?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Mark Oppenheimer for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Mark Oppenheimer, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Mark Oppenheimer or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Mark Oppenheimer?

    Booking fees for Mark Oppenheimer, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Mark Oppenheimer, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Mark Oppenheimer?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Mark Oppenheimer for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mark Oppenheimer for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Mark Oppenheimer or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Mark Oppenheimer or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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Mark Oppenheimer Speaking Topics

  • The Bar Mitzvah Crasher

    In 2002-2003, Oppenheimer roamed the country, from Arkansas to Alaska, from Boston to the Louisiana Bayou, to explore how American Jews celebrate the bar and bat mitzvah today. Out of these travels emerged his classic book, Thirteen and a Day: The Bar and Bat Mitzvah Across America. In this talk, Oppenheimer shares some classic stories of sneaking in, getting free drinks on the house, and, in a moving twist, seeing his relatives’ tombstones in a Louisiana graveyard. But he also draws lessons about coming-of-age transitions, lessons that apply to Christians, Jews and other believers and non-believers alike.

  • American Religion Today (aka “They Believe What?”)

    Did you hear the one about the conservative Catholic who realized she was a lesbian so decided to remain unmarried and celibate forever? The Orthodox Jewish coffee obsessive who travels the country figuring out what is, and isn’t kosher in Starbucks coffee shops? The acting teacher who turned dozens of Hollywood actors into Scientologists? The atheist philosopher who was brainwashed by evangelical Christians as he began to lose his faculties, then wrote a book about his newfound belief in God? The elderly Zen priest who seduced female students for forty years, driving some of them insane in the process? In this speech, Oppenheimer talks about the best – and worst – of the stories he has covered in nearly 20 years on the religion beat. And he draws lessons about how a little prudence, and a sense of humor, can help bring out the best in religion, and avoid the worst.

  • The Unbelievers

    We are currently experiencing a great renewal of open, active atheism. Dozens of colleges have student groups for atheists; airport bookstores are stocked with best-sellers by atheists like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris; and a couple members of Congress now identify as non-believers. At the same time, in polls, a majority of Americans still say they’d rather not vote for an atheist candidate for president. Writing for the Times and elsewhere, Oppenheimer has been one of the leading journalists on the atheism beat, exploring both the positive side of this phenomenon and, in some cases, the dark side, as in his major investigation of sexism in the atheist movement. Ultimately, Oppenheimer addresses the major impact atheism will have on America going forward.

  • Dadhood

    In Caribbean Spanish, there is a slang term for a man who has only daughters: chancletero, which refers to a man who wears slippers (nobody is sure how the term came to refer to daughters, but Oppenheimer has some bizarre theories). Having spent nearly eight years working part-time and sharing child-care duties with his wife, Oppenheimer loves to share his stories of stay-at-home parenting, and to talk with PTAs, parenting groups, and education groups about the valuable role that men play in child-rearing. Drawing on stories from his popular “Fatherland” column, and from whatever spill he had to clean up last week, Oppenheimer engages his audience in an honest discussion of the highs, and messy lows, of fatherhood – or what he prefers to call dadhood.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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