2016 Constitutional Symposium on Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty, Mormonism, and American Politics

Keynote Address: “All Mormons Now? The Religious Liberty Debate’s 19th Century Future”

  • Ross Douthat | New York Times

Tuesday Opening Address: “Strangers in an Alien Land: Religious Liberty in a Secularizing Society”

  •  Randall Balmer | John Phillips Chair in Religion at Dartmouth College

Mormon Studies Conference Keynote Address: “Understanding Church Boundaries: How Big is the Tent?”

  •  Michael Otterson | Managing Director of Public Affairs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

This event was produced by the UVU Religious Studies Program and co-sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Studies. The Center is grateful to the UVU Religious Studies Program and the organizers of the 2016 Mormon Studies Conference for their collaboration. Please visit "Mormonism and the Art of Boundary Maintenance: Negotiating Identities in and Around Mormonism" for more information.

Book Discussion | "Seeking the Promised Land: Mormons and American Politics"

  • David Campbell | Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy at The University of Notre Dame
  • Quin Monson | Associate Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University
  • Jana Riess (Moderator) | Contributor, Religion News Service, and former Religion Book Review Editor, Publisher's Weekly

Afternoon Panel | "The Contested Character of Religious Freedom" and "Religious Freedom from Cooperation with Evil"

  • Michael Zuckert | Nancy Reeves Dreux Professor at The University of Notre Dame 
  • Matthew Franck | Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute at Princeton
  • Ralph Hancock | Professor of Political Science, Brigham Young University

CCS Religious Liberty Essay Contest Student Panel | Comments by Naomi Riley

  • Naomi Riley (Moderator) | Columnist for the New York Post
  • Matthew Nolte | First place prize winner
  • Lance Merrell | Second place prize winner
  • Brandon Springer | Third place prize winner

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