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2018 Mormon Studies Conference

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Albrecht Auditorium

Claremont Graduate University

925 N. Dartmouth Avenue

Claremont, CA 91711

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Mormon Studies Conference

"Toward Global Mormon Studies"

March 9-10, 2018

Albrecht Auditorium
Claremont Graduate University

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.

Keynote Speaker:

Elder Patrick Kearon | Presidency of the Seventy
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Keynote lecture: Friday, March 9, 7:30 pm

Elder Patrick Kearon is 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 massive humanitarian assistance for refugees coming from the Middle East and Africa.


This event is free and open to the public

Please register in advance. Choose Friday, Saturday or both.


2:00 pm Registration

2:30 pm Welcoming Remark, Patrick Mason, Claremont Graduate University

2:45-4:15 pm The Mormon Experience in Post-Religious Europe

  • 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 Title and Description coming from Patrick

  • Elder Patrick Kearon, Presidency of the Seventy, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Seating in Albrecht Auditorium is limited and on a first-come, first served basis. Adjacent overflow rooms with a video feed of Elder Kearon’s address will be available.


8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:30 am Mormonism Across Borders

  • Thomas Evans, Claremont Graduate University
  • Saskia Tielens, Dortmund University
  • Melissa Inouye, University of Auckland

10:45 am -12:15 pm Colonialism and Indigeneity

  • Sujey Vega, Arizona State University
  • Hokulani Aikau, University of Hawaii Manoa
  • Chiung Hwang Chen, Brigham Young University Hawaii

12:15 pm Luncheon (Provided for registered attendees)

1:15-2:45 pm Challenges and Opportunities in Studying 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

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Albrecht Auditorium

Claremont Graduate University

925 N. Dartmouth Avenue

Claremont, CA 91711

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