The Religious Freedom Annual Review: Provo, Utah, 7-8 July 2016

The 2016 Religious Freedom Annual Review of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies (ICLRS) has concluded at Brigham Young University. Keynote speakers for the event, which took place 7-8 July 2016 in BYU Conference Center, were Elder Lance B. Wickman, General Counsel and Emeritus General Authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who opened the conference with an address “Promoting Religious Freedom in a Secular Age: Fundamental Principles, Practical Priorities, and Fairness for All”; and Matthew S. Holland, President, Utah Valley University, whose remarks were titled “Religious Liberty v. Secularity: Is the American Founding Still Useful?

To access the recordings and photos from the July 2016 Religious Freedom Annual Review, please click here.  

Reports of the event are available from the Deseret News (Day One) (Day Two), Salt Lake Tribune, Provo Daily Herald, Good4Utah, Terry Mattingly, and Patheos Blogger Daniel Peterson. And remember to follow us on Twitter.

Also speaking at the conference were ICLRS Director Brett G. Scharffs and Founding Director W. Cole Durham, Jr. Center Associate Director, Elizabeth Clark, who had primary responsibility for conference organization, also spoke, as did Center Senior Fellow, David Kirkham.

Other speakers were Commissioner Daniel I. Mark, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Villanova University and Commissioner for the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF); Imam Muhammad Mursi, Senior Imam, President and Chairman of the Board of the Islamic Society of Central Florida; Hannah C. Smith, Senior Counsel, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty; Michael Frandsen, Director, Public Affairs, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Mark Goldfeder, Senior Lecturer and the Spruill Family Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University School of Law; M. Christian Green, Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University, and Editor, Journal of Law and Religion; Michael L. Jensen, Area Legal Counsel, Office of General Counsel, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; David Masci, Senior Writer/Editor, Pew Research Center; and Tim Schultz, President, 1st Amendment Partnership.

Professors Thomas C. Berg,  James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy, University of St. Thomas School of Law; Scott E. Ferrin, David O. McKay School of Education, Brigham Young University; Terry Mattingly, Senior Fellow in Media and Religion, The King’s College in New York City; and Steven Smith, Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, Institute for Law and Religion; Co-Executive Director, Institute for Law and Philosophy, University of San Diego School of Law also addressed the conference, as did attorneys Steven T. Collins, Alexander Dushku, and Gene Schaerr.

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