OUR MISSION: The Mormon Studies Council and Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University promote a robust and scholarly understanding of Mormon culture and religion through free and open dialogue, original scholarship, graduate education, and public outreach.

EVENT CANCELLATION: Please note that the Kate Holbrook lecture scheduled for September 8th has been canceled.  We apologize for any inconvenience caused.


2016 Religious Freedom Conference March 25-26 featuring Elder Dallin H. Oaks

We express our deep appreciation to all the speakers and attendees at our “Religious Freedom in the 21st Century” conference. The event was co-sponsored by the Howard W. Hunter Foundation and Drs. Oi-Lin and Tei-Fu Chen (founders of Sunrider International). We express special thanks to the Chen family, whose generous $100,000 gift includes establishment of the Drs. Oi-Lin and Tei-Fu Chen Family Graduate Fellowship in support of tuition relief for our bright young corps of Claremont Mormon Studies graduate students.

The conference featured many LDS luminaries including Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; U.S. Commissioner on International Religious Freedom Katrina Lantos Swett; and D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals judge Thomas B. Griffith.  They were joined by other constitutional and religious scholars from BYU, Claremont, Northwestern, Notre Dame, USC, Virginia, Willamette, Yale, and elsewhere.

Click here for highlights, photos, and videos from the conference.



Claremont Mormon Scholars in Action

Patrick Mason in Deseret News regarding his new book 'Planted'Patrick Mason on Trib Talk: New Mormon Faith Crisis?Patrick Mason article in Religion & Politics: Capital PunishmentPatrick Mason on Radio West: Patrick Mason in Guardian re: Mass Resignation over Same-Sex PolicyPatrick Mason in Big Story re: Backlash over LGBT Rule ChangePatrick Mason SL Tribune re: New Same-Sex PolicyPatrick Mason on Trib Talk re: Same-Sex PolicyPatrick Mason in Big Story re: Women & Priesthood EssaysBen Spackman at Society for Mormon Philosophy and TheologyPatrick Mason in Wall Street Journal re: New ApostlesPatrick Mason in Big Story re: New ApostlesPatrick Mason on Today Show re: PolygamyPatrick Mason in The Big Story re: PolygamyPatrick Mason in Deseret News re: Family ProclamationPatrick Mason on Today Show re: End of WorldPatrick Mason on SL Trib Talk re: End of TimesRandy Powell wins Wildermuth Award with Islam/Mormon PresentationPatrick Mason in SL Tribune re: DoomsdayStudent AwardsArmand Mauss at USU and in the SL Tribune: Michael Haycock at the American Academy of ReligionTaunalyn Rutherford: Patrick Mason: Deseret News Op-Ed ArticlePatrick Mason in the News: AirTalk, Gay Rights ShiftPatrick Mason in SL Tribune re: Private Church DocumentsPatrick Mason on RedditPatrick Mason in the News: RadioWest KUER Patrick Mason in the News: AirTalk Patrick Mason in the News: Deseret News, Polygamy EssaysPatrick Mason in the News: The Atlantic, Mormon Underwear RevealedPatrick Mason on Podcast: A Thoughtful FaithPatrick Mason in the News: WBEZ