Past Events

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 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., 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.

“Joseph Smith and the Prophetic Tradition” Conference (October 20-21, 2005): The Council and the LDS church co-sponsored the second conference on Mormonism at Claremont Graduate University.
To see the conference schedule and list of presenters, visit the conference website.

"Positioning Mormonism" Conference (October 24-26, 2004): Organized under the direction of Professor Ann Taves, the Council sponsored the "Positioning Mormonism in Religious Studies and American History" conference. The conference provided a forum for dialogue with scholars on integrating Mormon studies into the historical and religious studies. Major presenters included Kathryn Daynes, Philip Barlow, Kathleen Flake, Terryl Givens, and Grant Underwood. Historians and scholars of religion from the greater Los Angeles area were also invited to serve as discussants.
To see the conference schedule and list of presenters, visit the conference website.

Lecture by Professor Jan Shipps (October 2003): The Council hosted Professor Jan Shipps, emeritus Professor of Religion at Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) and a top scholar on the LDS religion. Professor Shipps lecture, “How Are Mormons Christian?,” was attended by several hundred people and included a lively dialogue between academics and community members of many different faith traditions. The Council also hosted Professor Shipps for an evening dinner with local LDS community leaders, as well as scholars and council members. Professor Shipps also spent time with doctoral students interested in Mormon Studies and Religions of North America.

Lecture by Professor Richard Bushman (February 2003): The Council hosted Professor Richard Bushman, emeritus Professor of History at Columbia University and a leading scholar of the LDS church. His lecture, “Was Joseph Smith an American Prophet?,” enjoyed a standing room only turnout. The Council also sponsored a dinner for Professor Bushman as well as a lunch for students in the Religions of North America doctoral program. The Council was pleased that several delegates from Salt Lake City and Brigham Young University were able to attend the event.

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