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Panel to consider political partisanship in session at BYU Jan. 24

Brigham Young University’s Political Science Department will host a panel of seven distinguished speakers who will discuss “Is Partisanship a Problem: Perspectives for America and Latter-day Saints” Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 4 p.m. in 3380 Wilkinson Student Center.

Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

The panel will examine the effect of partisanship in the nation, but particularly for member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The panel will address questions such as:  Is partisanship harmful to governance and civic discourse in American politics as well as Utah politics, and what is the LDS Church's relationship with partisanship?

Richard Davis, BYU political science professor, will moderate the event which includes panel members:

• Olene Walker, former Governor of Utah.

• Joe Cannon, former chair of the Utah Republican Party, chief executive officer of Geneva Steel and 1992 U.S. Senate candidate.

• Janette Hales Beckham, former Utah state representative and General Young Women’s President of the Church.

• Karen Hale, communications director for Salt Lake City’s Mayor’s Office and former state senator and vice‐chair of the Utah Democratic Party.

• Scott Howell, former Utah Senate minority leader, government lobbyist for IBM and 2000 U.S. Senate candidate.

• Thomas Alexander, BYU history professor emeritus and author of “Mormons in Transition, 1890‐1930.” 

For more information, contact Kellie Daniels at (801) 422-3982 or

Writer: Charles Krebs

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