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.
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.
OTHER RECENT SITE UPDATES:
- Jared Hickman “Book of Mormon and the History Modern Reading” – Lecture given April 14th at Claremont
- Photos from Jan. 16 Book Launch Event for Planted by Patrick Mason, with Fiona Givens and Bradley Tharpe
Claremont Mormon Scholars in Action
Kate Holbrook, PhD is manager historian of the Women’s History Team at the LDS Church History Department, where she researches the ways Mormons make meaning and make history. She is coeditor of The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History, Women and Mormonism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, and the forthcoming At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women. Her dissertation, Radical Food: Nation of Islam and Latter-day Saint Culinary Ideals: 1930-1980, explores the everyday theological priorities carried in food, and she received the first Eccles Fellowship in Mormon Studies at the University of Utah for that work. She is also co-editor of Global Values 101.