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Utah Valley University: Civics & Civility

April 19, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Canvassing for Votes, William Hogarth, 1754-1755

On April 19, 2022, the Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University will be hosting Governor Spencer Cox and Christopher Peterson for a public discussion of civility in politics. Two of Utah’s most recent gubernatorial candidates, Cox and Peterson will talk about their experience with civility and political campaigns and answer questions from the audience. JMC fellow Verlan Lewis will serve as moderator.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 • 1:00 PM MDT
Clarke Building, 101B • Utah Valley University

Free and open to the public, registration required.

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Governor Spencer Cox was born and raised in Fairview, a town of 1,247 residents located about two hours south of Salt Lake City. He graduated from Snow College, Utah State University, and Washington and Lee University School of Law. Governor Cox launched his legal career clerking for U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart and began a law practice at the Salt Lake City firm of Fabian & Clendenin. He then returned to Fairview to join CentraCom, as vice president and general counsel.Governor Cox served as a city councilman, mayor, county commissioner, and member of the Utah House before being appointed to serve as Utah’s lieutenant governor in 2013. He was elected governor in November 2020.

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Christopher Peterson is the John J. Flynn Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law where he teaches contracts, commercial law, and consumer protection courses. A recognized authority on consumer finance, Professor Peterson has frequently testified in Congressional hearings and has presented his research to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, and the White House in both Democratic and Republican administrations. Professor Peterson’s books include the Thompson/West casebook Consumer Law: Cases and Materials and Taming the Sharks: Towards a Cure for the High Cost Credit Market, which won the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers’ outstanding book of the year prize.

From 2009-2012, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Before joining the faculty in 2008, Professor Peterson taught for five years at the University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law. He also worked as a consumer rights attorney for the United States Public Interest Research Group in Washington, D.C. and clerked for the Honorable Wade Brorby on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

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The Center for Constitutional Studies at Utah Valley University was established in September 2011. The Center is a nonpartisan academic institute that promotes the instruction, study, and research of constitutionalism. We employ conferences, university curriculum, faculty scholarship, a robust research agenda, strategic partnerships, and K-12 initiatives to engage students, scholars, educators, leaders, and the public on important constitutional issues found at the intersection of political thought, public policy, religion, law, history, education, and economics. The Center prepares citizens with the broad understanding of thought and practices critical to the perpetuation of constitutional government, ordered liberty, and the rule of law.

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April 19, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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