If you’ve been listening to leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently, chances are high you’ve heard them talk about religious freedom. This issue is a growing concern to a church trying to find their way in an increasingly secular world. As the primary school owned and operated by the LDS Church, BYU is also heavily involved in the fight for religious freedom, not only for its own sake, but for the sake of practitioners of other religions as well. At 4:00 p.m. on January 17th, Dr. Daniel Mark will deliver an address on BYU’s campus regarding on this issue, one that has been recognized as universal but which has also proven to be, over the course of human history, one of the most difficult to define and uphold.
This forum, hosted by BYU’s Wheatley Institution, will be particularly useful to individuals interested in issues of religious freedom, contemporary politics, philosophy, family and marriage, and family law. As a political scientist, Dr. Mark researches heavily the role of religious freedom in America, and his forum address will contextualize and deepen our understanding of the realities of current religious freedoms and trends. Attendees will be able to educate themselves on what religious freedom means and does not mean for them.
Dr. Mark, an assistant professor of political science and a faculty associate of the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University in Pennsylvania, holds the rank of Battalion Professor and serves as the university representative to the performance review board for Villanova’s Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps unit and is a mentor in the university’s Faith and Learning Scholars Program. Dr. Mark holds a BA, MA, and Ph.D. from the Department of Politics at Princeton University.
BYU’s Wheatley Institution’s mission is to “enhance the academic climate and scholarly reputation of BYU, and to enrich faculty and student experiences, by contributing recognized scholarship that lifts society by preserving and strengthening its core institutions.
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“Is it good for kids?” That question drives all decision-making at Voices for Utah Children, whose goal is to help children reach their full potential. While Utah is ranked among the top 10 states in the nation for the well-being of children, according to a recent report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation child-advocacy group, the number of children living in poverty in Utah has increased, and the state’s ranking in education is still a poor 29th. Says Lincoln Nehring, president of Voices for Utah Children: “Children can’t vote, hold press conferences, or donate to political campaigns in order to protect their interests. Together, our voices can ensure that thousands of Utah children get the health care they need, are safe from neglect and abuse, and are ready for school. Help us speak up for kids in our state.” He’ll speak on that subject at an upcoming BYU event.
Thursday, October 20
11 a.m to 12 p.m.
Lincoln Nehring will talk about “Big Ideas for Kids: How Good Public Policy Ideas Can Improve the Lives of Kids and Families in Utah.” Students, faculty, and community members alike are invited to room 3380 in the Wilkinson Student Center (WSC) from 11 a.m to 12 p.m. on Thursday, October 20. “Students and faculty who are interested in families and children particularly and are interested in how public policy effects families [are invited],” says political science professor Richard Davis. Whether you have children, want to be aware of the issues facing children, or want to learn how to advocate for a cause you believe in, attending Nehring’s lecture will benefit you.
Lincoln Nehring: the Advocate
Since April 2015, Nehring has been president of Voices for Utah Children. In this role, he lobbies members of the Utah legislature on behalf of children and families for a wide range of policy issues, though he started his career lobbying for health care. Nehring also directs the Public Policy Clinic at the University of Utah, where he is also an Adjunct Professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. He serves on the Utah State Bar. Nehring has also contributed as a board member of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice. Voices for Utah Children contribute to the healthy development of kids by focusing on health, school readiness, safety, economic stability, and diversity.