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Dr. John A. Widtsoe was a preeminent scholar, university president and LDS Church Apostle, and the first Mormon scholar to be invited to teach classes in Mormonism in a secular university. His 1935 lectures at USC began the Church’s reach into the world of comparative religious studies.

Today, the John A. Widtsoe Foundation aspires to build on his legacy of scholarly engagement and fulfill the charge issued by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf at the Foundation's inaugural symposium at USC “to see each other not as aliens or adversaries but as fellow travelers, brothers and sisters, and children of God.” 

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