Upcoming Events

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

Past Events

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.