UM Honors Student Association Invites Public to Discussion on Religion in Politics

April 20, 2017

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Honors Student Association will host a Veritas Forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in the University Center Ballroom. The forum will feature a panel discussion between three distinguished speakers on the topic: “Can there be separation of church and state? A discussion on the role of religion in politics.”

Panelists include Steven Harris, director of advocacy for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; Ruth Vanita, professor and director of UM’s Global Humanities and Religions program; and, Anthony Johnstone, UM associate professor of law. The discussion will be moderated by Soazig Le Bihan, UM philosophy associate professor.

Panelists will offer their academic and personal insight on the topic. The discussion will be followed by a Q-and-A session with the audience.

“HSA is excited to host an intellectual discussion on topics that are relevant to the community today,” said HSA President Sarah Gaulke. “We hope to broaden minds and inspire new perspectives.”

The Honors Student Association’s purpose is to encourage fellowship among students, to promote a standard of excellence in all areas of student life, and to assist students in developing meaningful goals through academic, community and social activities. The Veritas Forum will hopefully create a thoughtful space for students, faculty and the community to come together and discuss all topics and beliefs. This event is sponsored by UM’s Davidson Honors College, Associated Students of UM student group InterVarsity and Veritas, a nonprofit organization.

For more information email HSA at or call 253-315-1258. 

Contact: Emily Hurst, UM student, 253-315-1258,