Since its inception, the Council on Mormon Studies has regularly sponsored events further its mission to develop a thriving graduate program in Mormon Studies at CGU’s School of Religion. Below is a listing of the events that it has sponsored thus far.
Ronald Walker Lecture (September 18, 2008): The Council on Mormon Studies sponsored a public lecture by Ronald Walker, co-author of Massacre at Mountain Meadows, who addressed the topic “Brigham Young: New Approaches”. The lecture was held in the Mudd Auditorium at CST at 8:00 p.m.
Richard Turley Lecture & Panel Discussion (March 20, 2008): The Council on Mormon Studies and the School of Religion at CGU invited Assistant Church Historian Richard E. Turley, Jr. to deliver a public lecture in the Mudd Auditorium at CST at 8:00 p.m. Turley spoke on "Approaching Mountain Meadows: How Latter-day Saints Respond to the Worst Event in Mormon History." Approximately 150 people attended the lecture. Earlier in the afternoon, Turley participated in a panel discussion on "The Future of Mormon History" with Richard Lyman Bushman and Claudia L. Bushman Panel. The panel was held at CGU in the Burkle building.
Truman Madsen Lecture and Panel Discussion (February 21, 2008): The Council on Mormon Studies and the School of Religion at CGU invited distinguished LDS scholar and philosopher Truman G. Madsen to deliver a public lecture in the Mudd Auditorium at 8 p.m. He spoke on the topic, "Mormonism and Philosophy." Over 400 people from throughout southern California attended the lecture. Ealier in the afternoon, Richard Bushman moderated a panel discussion with Madsen, John B. Cobb, and CGU student Richard T. Livingston on the question, "Does Religion Need Philosophy?" CMSSA students also had the privilege of meeting privately with Dr. Madsen for an informal discussion on Wednesday, February 20th.
A Mormon-Muslim Conversation (October 19, 2007): The Council on Mormon Studies and the Mormont Studies Student Association co-sponsored a discussion of two rich and vibrant faith traditions with two leading scholars. Claremont Graduate University’s Dr. Hamid Mavani and Brigham Young University’s Dr. Daniel C. Peterson explored topics of mutual interest between their two faith communities. Their discussion was moderated by Dr. Richard L. Bushman, who was then a Research Fellow at the Huntington Library in Pasadena.