2020 Bennion Teachers' Workshop - Religion and American Democracy:
Literacy, Liberty, and the Public Good
The 2020 Bennion Teachers' Workshop has been cancelled due to the current situation with COVID-19. This workshop on Religion and American Democracy will be held Summer 2022. Please check back for updates on the workshop for Summer 2021 and feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Date: Monday, June 22 - Friday, June 26, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM daily with some evening events
Place: Utah State University, Logan, UT
“Our form of government has no sense unless it is founded in a deeply felt religious faith, and I don’t care what it is.” So said Dwight D. Eisenhower in December 1952, a month after being elected President of the United States. This quote encapsulates much debate in American life over the place of religion in our government, our society, and our schools. The 2020 Bennion Teachers’ Workshop, “Religion and American Democracy: Literacy, Liberty, and the Public Good” will explore debates surrounding the role of religion in our democracy. What is—and should be—the ongoing relationship of religion and American democracy? And how do we talk about it in the classroom?
These questions will form the basis of our week long workshop. Under the guidance of preeminent scholars and practitioners, workshop participants will reflect on the role of religion in American public life, past and present; learn how to teach about religion without teaching religion; and be empowered to facilitate hard conversations about controversial subjects in ways that advance mutual respect and ultimately strengthen our pluralistic democratic society. Through site visits to various houses of worship and meetings with leaders and members of several religious communities throughout our region, the 2020 Bennion Teachers' Workshop participants will explore these questions while increasing their own religious literacy, coming to better appreciate the diversity that surrounds us.