Past Events

Eighteenth Annual Religion and the Humanities Conference
Religious Disagreement
September 19-20, 2013

The philosophical community is currently experiencing a vibrant debate on the theoretical dimensions of disagreement. The recent volume edited by Richard Feldman and Ted Warfield entitled Disagreement has renewed a rich discussion that has interesting applications to conversations surrounding religious diversity and heterodoxy. This conference will explore the relationship between external and internal forms of disagreement relative to religious traditions and communities.

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Intersecting Convictions:
Core Beliefs & Civil Dialogue
March 1, 2013

This conference was designed to examine and model the highest standards of interreligious engagement free from coercion, disrespect, and uncivil exchange. Human history is marred by conflict rooted in religious differences. A key component in the advancement of humanity toward mutual respect and peaceful coexistence is the practice of interreligious diplomacy between competing traditions. Productive engagement across religious lines includes the exploration of foundational principles and points of contact. The event gathered representatives from Jewish, Latter-day Saint, Atheist, and Evangelical Christian perspectives to examine the ways in which their core beliefs intersect and diverge.

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Perspectives on the Mormon Moment
February 13th, 2013

The 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney was accompanied by unprecedented attention to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dubbed by Newsweek Magazine as the 'Mormon Moment,' The Book of Mormon Musical, California's Proposition 8, and the elevated profile of prominent Latter-day Saints provided a unique opportunity to observe the successes and challenges of this dynamic religious tradition. This lecture and panel featured a group of scholars and journalists who addressed issues related to the rise of Mormonism and the forces that have shaped its development as a distinctive Christian faith.

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Film Screening & Panel Discussion
First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty
November 2, 2012

Co-Sponsor: Center for Constitutional Studies, UVU


Cultural & Religious Pluralism:
Diwali: A Festival of Lights, Music & Unity
November 29, 2012 (Salt Lake Main Library)

Co-Sponsors: City Library, Utah State University, University of Utah,
Westminster College, Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable, etc.


Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Unresolvable: The Kingdom of God on Earth
November 14th, 2012

Co-Sponsors: Foundation for Religious Diplomacy


Seventeenth Annual Religion and the Humanities Conference
Religious Diversity & the Art of Civil Dialogue
September 21, 2012

Religious Diversity and the Art of Civil Dialogue was a symposium devoted to the exploration of strategies and methods for negotiating religion in a pluralistic society. Recent events have demonstrated the ongoing challenges of interreligious encounter and the need to explore various forms of engagement. The symposium facilitated an interdisciplinary discussion on religious identity and the public integrity of religious communities in American social life. Journalists, theologians, political scientists, conflict resolution specialists, and religious studies scholars gathered to focus on critical issues in this debate with the aim of contributing to a more healthy dialogue across social and ideological boundaries.

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Student Workshop on Catholic & Mormon Thought
Bishop John C. Wester and President Matthew Holland
September 18, 2012

Partners: Orem Institute of Religion

Ramandan Iftar Dinner
August 9, 2012

Co-Sponsors: Utah Valley Islamic Council, Office of Engaged Learning,