New York Times religion correspondent to speak at UVU

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Laurie Goodstein poses for a head shot (Photo courtesy of Whitney Wilkinson)
Laurie Goodstein poses for a head shot. (Photo courtesy of Whitney Wilkinson)

The New York Times’ national religion correspondent Laurie Goodstein will speak on “Religious Diversity: America’s Strength and Challenge” at UVU on Wednesday at noon.

This lecture is part of a larger series hosted by UVU called Interreligious Engagement Initiative. The lectures are free and open to the public.

“The Interreligious Engagement Initiative is an effort to promote dialogue and comparative studies across religious communities,” said Brian D. Birch, director of religious studies at UVU. “Religion continues to be a primary motivating force in our world, and it is vital that students understand the dynamics of religious diversity and its place in our democracy.”

Goodstein’s speech will help attendees understand these dynamics and offer insights into religious diversity in America.

“(Goodstein) has a wealth of experience from which to draw in helping our students to better understand American religious culture,” Birch said.

According to Birch, people in the Provo community should attend Goodstein’s lecture because of her recent focus on LDS General Conference. Birch also said people should get involved with the Interreligious Engagement Initiative and its effort to promote civility and increased religious understanding because of their interest in religion.

Goodstein was supposed to address UVU last spring on the “Mormon media moment” but had to cancel to cover the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI in February 2013.

The lecture will take place on Oct. 23 from 12:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in UVU’s Ragan Theater in the Sorensen Student Center. More information on the lecture or the Interreligious Engagement Initiative and future lectures is at http://www.uvu.edu/oel/interreligious/ir.html.

 

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