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Center Directors Present at 2017 BYU Education Week
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This year marked the 95th anniversary of the annual BYU Education Week. During August 21-25 thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds gathered on the BYU Provo campus to attend classes. This year's theme was taken from the Doctrine and Covenants 50:24, "He that receiveth light and continueth in God receiveth more light."

An important part of this year's offering included a series of Religious Freedom Classes sponsored by the LDS Church Public Affairs.  Center Associate Director Gary Doxey gave two lectures in this series — "The Plan of Salvation and Religious Freedom: The Role of Moral Agency" and "A Choice Land: Religious Freedom in America and the Restoration of Christ's Church." Also presenting in this session were BYU Law School Dean of Admissions Gayla Sorenson, LDS Church Associate General Counsel William Atkin, and Alexander Dushku, Hannah Smith, Matthew Richards, Thomas Valletta, Casey Hurley, Shawn Gunnarson, Michael Jensen, and Michael Frandsen.

On Friday the 25th, Center Founding Director Cole Durham, Director Brett Scharffs, Associate Director Elizabeth Clark, and joined William Atkin on a panel to discuss "International Challenges to Religious Freedom".