Finding the Teachable Moment from January 6th

At a time in which policy efforts are targeting what and how educators cover uncomfortable topics, this episode tunes into a new initiative of public scholars of history, religion, philosophy, and sociology to contribute to the civic discourse around January 6, 2021.

Captain Maroni and the Symbolism of a Mormon Spiritual Warrior in today’s GOP
Dr. Benjamin Parks explains why an obscure spiritual figure from Mormon sacred texts has become a political symbol and what it says about the challenges facing the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“From Pariahs Outcast to Powerbrokers
Dr. Parks continues the discussion offering historical context on the political calculations of early Mormon engagement in American politics.

“Uncivil Religion: A Digital Exploration”
Dr. Michael Altman co-leads a collaborative platform that offers visitors an immersive experience navigating curated content with analysis from a bench of public scholars in the humanities.

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