Author: Robert Hoopes

Outmigration and the Mormon Quest for Education

On Thursday and Friday of last week, The UVU religious studies department hosted the tenth annual Mormon Studies Conference entitled “Outmigration and the Mormon Quest for Education.” Speakers at the conference talked about the relationships members of the church have in the national and worldwide community. The conference looked at the way members of the LDS church have participated in prestigious institutes of education, leading many individuals to high positions of political influence. In one session, D. Michael Quinn spoke about a significant leader in the 1930’s by the name of J. Ruben Clark. Quinn shared insights from Clark’s life saying, “Intellectual thirst drove Ruben.” Quinn further pointed out that this intellectual thirst, “shaped him as much as his religion did.” Along with Quinn, members and former members of the LDS church, including UVU’s President Mathew Holland, were invited to contribute to the conference. In efforts to encourage UVU students to engage in the global community, the Humanities department offers a wide variety of courses in Mormon studies as well as other theologically-based classes. The classes range from studies in Western and Eastern religions, to Jewish and Indigenous religions. Students at UVU can also receive a Minor in Religious...

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Study Abroad to Brazil

As the newest program a long list of study abroad options, Brazil offers students a journey full of beaches, ethnic diversity and cultural richness in Brazilian arts. “Lots of students are becoming more aware of the advantages of exploring the world beyond the limits of their backyards,” said Debora Ferreira, associate professor and Portuguese coordinator. “Many students who have been on a study abroad refer to it as an experience that transformed their lives.” Portuguese, the official language of Brazil, is a growing program with classes ranging from beginning to advanced Portuguese and Brazilian culture and civilization classes. Though students can take their first Portugese class in Brazil, Ferreira recommends that students take a language class before attending to program. The program is based in the oceanside city of Florianópolis where students will attend the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. Students will also have the chance to travel to Rio de Janeiro, which was recently selected to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Because this is the Brazil study abroad program’s first year and few students know about it, a fundraiser will be held at Tucano’s Brazilian Grill in Provo to help subsidize student fees. For $20 on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. you can get a meal and a drink with proceeds from you dinner donated to the program. Info Box: Cost: $2,595 Tentative Dates: May 7 to...

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