American politics are largely dominated by two seemingly opposite and incompatible sides, Democrats and Republicans. To combat this increasing rift in American politics, the Columbus Center for Constitutional Studies is holding the Healing of America conference to raise political awareness and promote a more unified approach to politics.
The conference will take place Saturday, Oct.13, in the Rexburg Tabernacle from 1 to 4 p.m.
Jacob Householder is a senior studying financial economics at the Columbus Center for Constitutional Studies and acts as a Director of International Outreach, which is the organization that runs the Healing of America conference.
“The goal of the conference is to teach people how to talk about politics in a way that unites liberals and conservatives and to teach people the Constitution from the viewpoint of the Founding Fathers,” Householder said.
Householder said that the Healing of America conference is designed to inform the public about the true nature of the constitution and American politics in a way that unites liberal and conservative Americans. The public will be informed that the two groups are designed to work well together and the weaknesses of one are complemented by the strengths of the other.
According to the conference website, the conference will feature eight speakers: three keynote speakers, three restoration generation speakers, and two speakers who will give opening remarks and a welcome address. These speakers are Jason Mow, author & public speaker; Nick Freitas, Virginia delegate and public speaker; Rob Tonks, social innovations professor at BYU-Idaho; Jenna May, assistant conference director; Jacob Householder, conference director; Carter Brown, assistant conference director; Mayor Jerry L. Merrill, Rexburg Mayor; and Senator Brent Hill, Speaker Pro Tempore of the Idaho Senate.
Proceeding the conference, a VIP dinner will be at 5 p.m., catered by the Hickory.
“We’re hosting all of our performers, speakers, and sponsors who have helped us significantly with donations and then anyone who wants to purchase a ticket and spend time around these incredible people will be able to buy a ticket and have a plate at that dinner.” Householder said.
The Healing of America concert will be the last event of the evening and will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. The concert will include performances by Jason Hewlett, Evie Clair, Michael Seare, Stephanie Madsen and Merrie Carson.
Carson is from Pleasant Grove, Utah, and will be one of the openers for the concert.
“I think the Healing of America conference is super important and it really is what we need right now,” Carson said.
Carson said that the nation is too divided and that students need to learn more about the constitution and the way the founding fathers envisioned it.
Carson said music is a powerful tool for spreading this message.
“Music really helps people to feel a message in a way that helps them remember. It can reach people in a way that moves and inspires them more so than if you just heard or read a message and I’m really excited to be a part of that.” Carson said.
Householder said that in addition to promote constitutional awareness, the Columbus Center plans to use the conference as a recruiting tool to attract students to its upcoming internship and club hosting opportunities. The Center recently purchased a building in Rexburg that will house several internship opportunities for college students. The building will also be open to college students who wish to form clubs to discuss politics and the constitution but don’t have a place to do so.