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God & Smog: Scholars & Religious Leaders Discuss Preserving Our Planet On Wednesday's Access Utah


Today we're speaking with Margaret Barker, Dr. David Haberman, and Anuttama Dasa, panelists at the conference God & Smog:  The Challenge of Preserving Our Planet. The conference is taking place today in the USU John M. Huntsman School of Business Perry Pavilion until 5 p.m. 
The one-day symposium will consider the environment in relation to the perspectives and actions of five religious traditions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Mormonism, and Native American traditions. The morning panel will consist of scholars who study the interaction of religion and the environment, while the afternoon panel will engage religious leaders who speak from the perspectives of their respective traditions. More information is available here

Margaret Barker is an independent scholar who has developed an approach to Biblical Studies now known as Temple Theology. Since 1997, she has been part of the symposium Religion, Science and the Environment. 
David L. Haberman received his Ph.D. in History of Religions from the University of Chicago and
is currently Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington. Although he has
studied and taught a great variety of religious traditions, he specializes in Hinduism. 
Anuttama Dasa is a Vaishnava Hindu teacher who has been deeply engaged with contemporary
social concerns, including interreligious dialogue, issues of religious freedom, and Vaishnavism
in relation to the environment. 

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.