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Mormonism and politics examined, Nov. 9-10

A conference on "Mormonism and American Politics" -- featuring perspectives from historians, political scientists, philosophers, legal scholars, journalists, filmmakers and public intellectuals --is set for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, in 222 Bowen Hall.

The conference comes as the presidential campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Mormon, has raised renewed questions about the intersection of religion and American politics. The event will include four panels on the following topics: the earliest encounters of Mormonism and American politics; Mormonism as a case study for church/state issues; Romney, Mormonism and the media; and the role religious identity plays in the public square.

The conference is open to the public. No advance registration is necessary. Sessions will run from 8 to 10 p.m. Nov. 9 and from 9 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Nov. 10. A schedule and list of speakers can be found at

The event is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Religion, the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the University Center for Human Values, the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University and the religious studies program at Utah Valley State College.

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