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Teaching and religious literacy on Monday's Access Utah

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In a religiously diverse and vibrant society such as the United States, and especially in the Mountain West where religion plays such a major role in our history and contemporary culture and politics, religious literacy becomes a key component of good citizenship. 2022 Bennion Teachers’ Workshop, presented by the USU Mountain West Center for Regional Studies, is titled “Religion and American Democracy: Literacy, Liberty, and the Public Good.”

Our guests today will include Patrick Mason, Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at USU; and Lauren Kerby, a scholar of American religion and politics and an expert on the pedagogy of religious studies and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Culture, Society and Religion at Princeton University.

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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.