Elder Holland endorses the Mormon Studies program at Claremont Graduate University

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– Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

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  1. Sep

    1. Lecture by Dr. Adam Miller, Professor of Philosophy, Collin College @ Albrecht Auditorium
      7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

      Title:  “Zombies, Vampires, and the Book of Mormon”

      Abstract:  Zombies and vampires bend the rules of time. Death arrives for them but, even after its arrival, their lives continue. They die but, rather than passing on to the next world, they continue in this one. In this sense, zombies and vampires model an important aspect of Christian life: the Christian’s preemptive abandonment of their own life (their willingness to be crucified with Christ), in order to begin a second life in the time that remains before passing on to the next. This reshuffling of time’s otherwise orderly chronology – a reshuffling where ends arrive early and lives continue out of step with their own passing – is crucial to the operation of grace and repentance. More, this Christian refusal to abide by the rules of chronology is also key to understanding the Book of Mormon’s own special brand of historicity.

      Author bio:  Adam S. Miller is a professor of philosophy at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He and his wife, Gwen Miller, have three children. He received an MA and PhD in philosophy from Villanova University as well as a BA in Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University. He is the editor of An Experiment on the Word (Salt Press, 2011) and the author of Badiou, Marion, and St Paul: Immanent Grace (Continuum, 2008), Rube Goldberg Machines: Essays in Mormon Theology (Kofford, 2012), Speculative Grace: Bruno Latour and Object-Oriented Theology (Fordham University Press, 2013), and Letters to a Young Mormon (Maxwell Institute, 2014). He is the co-editor, with Joseph Spencer, of the book series Groundwork: Studies in Theory and Scripture, published by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship and serves as the current director of the Mormon Theology Seminar. He was named “Best Essayist” in 2011 by the Association for Mormon Letters.

      7:30 pm
      Lecture by Dr. Adam Miller, Professor of Philosophy, Collin College @ Albrecht Auditorium
  2. Oct

    1. Lecture by Sheri Dew, CEO of Deseret Book @ Bridges Auditorium
      7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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      Topic:  “Women and the Priesthood,” based on her 2013 book Women and the Priesthood:  What One Woman Knows (Deseret Book)

      Since we anticipate a very large attendance for this event, we encourage you to register as early as possible. You can also reserve a seat by making a donation.


      As the chief executive officer of Deseret Book Company, Sheri L. Dew (BA ’77, MA ’77, Brigham Young University) oversees the operation of the largest book publisher of Latter-day Saint works. Also respected as a writer/editor she has written two biographies of the faith’s presidents: Gordon B. Hinckley and Ezra Taft Benson.

      7:30 pm
      Lecture by Sheri Dew, CEO of Deseret Book @ Bridges Auditorium
  3. Nov

    1. Lecture by Dr. David Holland, Associate Professor of North American Religious History, Harvard Divinity School @ Albrecht Auditorium
      7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

      Title:  “(Re)Visions:  Revelation and Rewriting among American Visionaries — Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy, and Ellen White”

      Author bio:  David F. Holland joined the Harvard Divinity School faculty in 2013. A renowned scholar of American religious history, he casts a broad and inclusive net in understanding the deep intellectual, theological, and cultural currents driving New England church history.

      Holland earned a BA in history from Brigham Young University and an MA and PhD from Stanford University.

      He is the author of numerous book reviews, journal articles, and review essays, including “From Anne Hutchinson to Horace Bushnell: A New Take on the New England Sequence” (The New England Quarterly, 2005) and  ”A Mixed Construction of Subversion and Conversion: The Complicated Lives and Times of Religious Women” (Gender and History, 2010). He is the author of Sacred Borders: Continuing Revelation and Canonical Restraint in Early America, published by Oxford University Press in 2011. His new projects include a comparative biography of Mary Baker Eddy and Ellen White and a study of the legacy of Perry Miller.

      7:30 pm
      Lecture by Dr. David Holland, Associate Professor of North American Religious History, Harvard Divinity School @ Albrecht Auditorium



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