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Provost Cook’s Final Lecture on Mormon and Muslim Commonality

Published: March 08, 2019 | Author: Savannah Byers | Category: Alumni

2019-03-bradley-j-cook-driggs-lecture.jpgProvost Bradley J. Cook will be delivering the esteemed Howard R. Driggs Memorial Lecture for Southern Utah University’s Founders Week 2019. This lecture will take place Wednesday, March 20th at 12:00 p.m. in the Gilbert Great Hall, SUU Hunter Conference Center, and will likely be his final public lecture at Southern Utah University.

Cook’s lecture, titled “Mormons and Muslims: A Kinship of Two Traditions”, will examine areas of convergence and commonality between these two religions. Points observed will include their similar origin stories, persecution histories, shared values, and areas of common concern.

“In a time when groups are most often defined by their differences, starting at what they have in common is the best way forward for engendering mutual respect, deepening cooperation, and engendering affirmative gratitude for each other,” said Cook.

Throughout the years, the Howard R. Driggs Memorial Lecture has presented many esteemed scholars including Robert F. Bennett, Joseph J. Ellis, and Joshua Fredenburg. The Howard R. Driggs Memorial Lecture was established in 2009 to honor Dr. Driggs, who served on the first faculty at SUU.

Cook has served as the seventh SUU Provost and a professor of history since 2009. During that time, he has focused on establishing SUU as a national leader in student-centric, highly engaged learning environments, and in internationalizing the university. He has recently been selected as the 17th president of Snow College.

At Stanford University, Dr. Cook earned a B.A. degree in international relations and an M.A. degree in social science of education. At the University of Oxford, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy, Middle East Studies. Before working at SUU, Cook served as President at Abu Dhabi Women's College, and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Utah Valley State College.

The Howard R. Driggs Memorial Lecture is free and open to the public.

WHAT: Mormons and Muslims: A Kinship of Two Traditions, Provost Cook’s Final Lecture
WHERE: Gilbert Hall, SUU Hunter Conference Center
WHEN: Wednesday, March 20th at 12:00 p.m.


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