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Toward Global Mormon Studies Conference

Join Us for a Special Two-Day Conference

Friday – Saturday, March 9 – 10 | 2018

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

Toward Global Mormon Studies will feature 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.

As Mormonism has become an increasingly globalized religion, the scholarly study of the religion has failed to keep pace. Toward Global Mormon Studies, a two-day conference sponsored by the Howard W. Hunter Foundation and the Mormon Studies program at Claremont Graduate University, will feature leading experts on Mormonism around the world who will reflect on the challenges and opportunities of adopting a global perspective in better understanding the religion and its people.

The conference’s keynote speaker is 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.

Conference is free and open to the public | Registration is requested
For more information, call 909-621-8264 or email paul.roach@cgu.edu


2:00 pm
Registration | Albrecht Auditorium

2:30 pm
Welcoming Remarks | Albrecht Auditorium
Patrick Mason | Claremont Graduate University

2:45 – 4:15 pm
The Mormon Experience in Post-Religious Europe | Albrecht Auditorium
Julie Allen | Brigham Young University
Carter Charles | Université Bordeaux Montaigne
Medlir Mema | LDS Seminaries and Institutes of Religion

4:30 pm
Dinner Break

7:30 pm
Keynote Address | Rose Hills Theatre*
Elder Patrick Kearon | Presidency of the Seventy,
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

*Please note the keynote address will take place at Rose Hills Theatre:
Rose Hills Theatre
Smith Campus Center | Pomona College
170 E. 6th Street
Claremont, CA 91711


8:30 am
Registration and Continental Breakfast | Albrecht Auditorium

9:00 – 10:30 am
Mormonism Across Borders | Albrecht Auditorium
Thomas Evans | Claremont Graduate University
Saskia Tielens | Dortmund University
Melissa Inouye | University of Auckland

10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Colonialism and Indigeneity | Albrecht Auditorium
Sujey Vega | Arizona State University
Hokulani Aikau | University of Hawaii Manoa
Chiung Hwang Chen | Brigham Young University Hawaii

12:15 pm
Provided for registered attendees

1:15 pm
Challenges and Opportunities in Studying | Albrecht Auditorium
Global Mormonism (panel discussion)
Fred Axelgard | Moderator
Henri Gooren | Oakland University
Caroline Kline | Claremont Graduate University
Matthew Martinich | The Cumorah Foundation
Colleen McDannell | University of Utah

Elder Patrick KearonKeynote Speaker

Presidency of the Seventy
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Friday, March 9, 2018 | 7:30 pm
Rose Hills Theatre

Educated in the Middle East and the United Kingdom, Elder Patrick Kearon has lived and worked across the U.K., Saudi Arabia, and the United States in the healthcare, automotive, and transport industries. He joined the Church in 1987 and spent the next three decades in a succession of callings—as an assistant ward clerk, ward Young Men president, branch president, stake president—before being named as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy in 2017. His supervisory responsibilities include the North America West and the North America Northwest Areas as well as assisting President Russell M. Nelson with the Europe East Area and Elder M. Russell Ballard with the Europe Area.

In partnership with the Howard W. Hunter Foundation, Claremont Graduate University established the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies in 2008. The Hunter Chair is significant as the first fully endowed Mormon Studies chair in the world, and continues to provide intellectual and programmatic leadership in the emergent field of Mormon Studies.

To learn more about or contribute to Mormon Studies and the Center for Global Mormon Studies at CGU, please visit mormonstudies.cgu.edu.