Fulbright Scholars Study Religious Diversity in Utah

July 6, 2003

Source: The Associated Press


On July 6, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "17 Fulbright scholars from countries such as Bangladesh and Brazil, Cameroon, the Czech Republic, India, Indonesia, Slovakia and Spain, have come here to see U.S. religious diversity firsthand... They arrived in Utah on Saturday... It seems an odd place to study diversity, given the fact that this state has a dominant religious majority in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, much like many of their home countries... But Wade Clark Roof explains the logic... 'Utah is a small religious empire amid a pluralistic country,' says Roof, who directs the summer workshop on American Religious Pluralism and Public Presence... The six-week course, held at the University of California at Santa Barbara and funded by the Fulbright American Studies Institute of the U.S. State Department, provides in-depth exploration of American religion, its history and sociology, gender, regional, race and ethnic patterns, the growing presence of Latinos and Muslims, faith-based initiatives and domestic patterns."