Upcoming Events

Mormon Studies Conference: “Millennial Saints: Generational Change in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”

Saturday, April 27, 2019  |  9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Albrecht Auditorium
Stauffer Hall of Learning
925 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Save the date and join us for the annual Mormon Studies Conference.

This year’s theme, “Millennial Saints: Generational Change in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” will feature a series of panels with leading Mormon scholars, including Jana Riess, author of The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church.

More information will be coming soon.


Past Events

Lecture: “‘A Bible! A Bible! We Have Got a Bible’: Translating the New Testament for Latter-day Saints”

Thursday, March 7, 2019  7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Albrecht Auditorium
Stauffer Hall of Learning
925 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

CGU alumnus Thomas Wayment discussed the process and politics behind his new translation of the New Testament for a community with a previously closed Bible canon. For nearly two hundred years, the King James Version has served as the official Bible for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), with other translations being viewed with suspicion. That makes Wayment’s modern translation of the New Testament for Latter-day Saints nothing short of a small revolution in Mormon scriptural studies.

This lecture was free and open to the public.

Thomas Wayment is a professor of classics at Brigham Young University. He completed his MA and PhD in New Testament studies at Claremont Graduate University and has since published extensively on New Testament topics. His latest book is The New Testament: A Translation for Latter-Day Saints.

 

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Toward Global Mormon Studies Conference

Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, 2018

Sponsored by the Mormon Studies Council at Claremont Graduate University and the Howard W. Hunter Foundation

The conference featured a series of panels with leading scholars on the Mormon experience around the world and the challenges and opportunities posed by studying Mormonism from a global perspective.

The conference’s keynote speaker was Elder Patrick Kearon, a member of the Presidency of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Kearon formerly served as the area president over the LDS Church in Europe when it engaged in humanitarian assistance for refugees coming from the Middle East and Africa.

 

Mormonism and Violence in 19th-Century America

October 19, 2017
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Free and open to the public

Albrecht Auditorium | Stauffer Hall of Learning
925 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Victims and perpetrators—early in its history, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints found themselves in both roles on the American frontier. Join us for a discussion of this topic, featuring:

 

Patrick Q. Mason:  “The Rise and Fall of Mormon Extralegal Violence”
Patrick Q. Mason is the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies and Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at Claremont Graduate University.  He is the author or editor of several books, including The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South, and What Is Mormonism? A Student’s Introduction.  He is current president of the Mormon History Association.

Patrick Mason

 

William P. MacKinnon:  “Warfare and Violence by Different Means: Thomas L. Kane and the Ordeal of Utah’s ‘Reconstruction,’ 1858-1907”
William P. (Bill) MacKinnon is an independent historian residing in Montecito, California.  He is the author of At Sword’s Point, a two-volume documentary history of the Utah War, as well as dozens of articles, essays, and book chapters on Utah’s territorial period.  He is a former president of the Mormon History Association.
MacKinnon

 

Richard E. Turley Jr.:  “Post-Massacre Trauma: Utah, Legal Process, and the Long Legacy of Mountain Meadows”
Richard E. Turley Jr. is Managing Director of the Public Affairs Department and former Assistant Church Historian and Recorder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  He is the author or editor of numerous books and articles on Mormon and Western history, including Massacre at Mountain Meadows, and Victims:  The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case.
Rick Turley

 

Sponsored by the CGU Mormon Studies Council and CGU School of Arts & Humanities

American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism

American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism

Guest Speaker: Thomas Simpson

September 28, 2017
7:30pm – 9:00pm

Albrecht Auditorium | Stauffer Hall of Learning
925 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

Sponsored by the CGU Mormon Studies Council, CGU School of Arts & Humanities, and John A. Widtsoe Foundation.

Admission: Free

In the late nineteenth century, college-age Latter-day Saints began leaving Utah to enroll in some of the nation’s elite universities, including Harvard, Columbia, Michigan, Chicago, and Stanford.  This academic migration of hundreds of students from the 1860s through the 1930s left an indelible mark on the religion and played a significant role in aligning Mormonism with modern America.  The book upon which this lecture is based recently won the Best Book Award from the Mormon History Association.

Thomas W. Simpson, a specialist in modern US religious history, is instructor in religion and philosophy at Phillips Exeter Academy.

For more information, call Melissa Fitzpatrick at 909-607-3509.