Religious Pluralism and Democracy Symposium

Religious diversity is at the heart of ethical debates surrounding democratic culture, peace, and civil society. We live in a world in which religious pluralism is deeply contested. The escalation of violence against religious minorities threatens to undermine core democratic values of tolerance, respect for difference, and interfaith dialogue. This interdisciplinary symposium will engage the intersection of religious diversity and democracy from historical, legal, ethical, and peacebuilding perspectives.

All events will take place in the UVU Classroom Building, Room 511
For more information, contact Brian Birch at  

Thursday, March 29th 
4:30 - 5:15 p.m. 
Panel Discussion
Friday, March 30th
10:00 - 10:50 a.m. 
"American Civil Religion and Structural Violence"
Richard Rubenstein, Professor of Conflict Resolution and Public Affairs, George Mason University
11:00 - 11:50 a.m. 
"Was the Constitution the Problem? The Politics of Religious Intolerance in Nineteenth-Century America"
Spencer W. McBride, Historian, Joseph Smith Papers Project
12:00 - 12:50 p.m. 
"Religion with Walls: Persecution Narratives as a Challenge to Pluralism"
Julie Ingersoll, Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Florida
1:00 - 1:50 p.m. 
Brownbag Panel Discussion
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. 
Student Workshop