Friday, October 16, 2009

Mormon Studies Conference: Outmigration and the Mormon Quest for Education

Tenth Annual Mormon Studies Conference

Outmigration and the Mormon Quest for Education
November 5th - 6th, Library Lecture Hall, Utah Valley University

In 2009, the PEW Forum's "Portrait of Mormons in the U.S." determined
that Mormons are "significantly more likely than the population
overall" to seek a college education. In the twentieth century, a
significant force in Mormon outmigration from Utah was the quest for
opportunities in higher education. This two-day conference will
reflect on the experience of these migrants as they sought to develop
themselves and advance the cause of Mormonism through their studies at
prestigious colleges and universities. A variety of outmigrants, their
biographers, and Mormon studies scholars will join together to discuss
this phenomenon and its connection to broader questions in the Mormon
quest for education.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, November 5
UVU Library Lecture Hall

Opening Remarks
Brian D. Birch
Director, Religious Studies Program, UVU

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

"The Significance of the Outmigration for Interpreting
Modern Mormon History"

G. Wesley Johnson
Co-director of the Outmigration Project

"'The Unsung Role of Women in the Outmigration"

Marian A. Johnson
Co-director of the Outmigration Project

10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Keynote Address

"From West to East and Back and Back"

Grethe Ballif Peterson
former Director, Tanner Lectures on Human Values

Chase Nebeker Peterson
President Emeritus, University of Utah

11:30 - 12:45 p.m.
Panel Discussion

"From Utah to Cornell: One Family's Adventure"
Ned C. Hill
National Advisory Council Professor of
Finance, Brigham Young University

Claralyn Hill
attorney and founding President of the
Women Lawyers of Utah County

"The Legacy of Reet Smoot: Mormons at George Washington University"
James Holtkamp
Law Firm of Holland & Hart\

1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

"'Zion is Fled' : Reflections on the Mormon Diaspora of the
Mid-Twentieth Century."
Armand L. Mauss
Visiting Scholar, School of Religion
Claremont Graduate University

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

"J. Reuben Clark: Utah's Diplomatic Outmigrant"
D. Michael Quinn
Independent Historian

"Harvey Fletcher: An Early Outmigrant From Utah"
Robert C. Fletcher
Retired Executive Director, Bell Laboratories

Thursday Evening Session

Brigham Young University
Library Auditorium

8:00 p.m.

"My Belief in a Living God Perfectly Accords
With My Reverence for Science:
Mormon Outmigration and the Academy"

Brian Cannon
Director, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies
Brigham Young University

"The Outmigration History Leadership Project: The Legacy for BYU"
Donation for the L. Tom Perry Special Collections

John Miurphy, Curator

Friday, November 6
UVU Library Lecture Hall

9:00 - 9:50 a.m.

"The Perpetual Education Fund:
Building Zion Away from the Center"

John K. Carmack
Managing Director of the Perpetual Education Fund
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Keynote Address

"A Profile of the Latter-day Saints
Educated Elite"

Jan Shipps
Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies and History
Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

11:00 - 11:50 a.m.

"Creative Problem Solving in Challenging Situations"

Mark W. Cannon
Former Administrative Assistant/Counsel to Chief Justice Warren Burger

12:00 - 12:50 p.m.

Brownbag Panel Discussion
Secular Knowledge and Religious Faith
(presenters TBA)

1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
"In the Footsteps of Clark Kerr: On Becoming a University President"

David P. Gardner
President Emeritus, University of California

2:00 - 2:50 p.m.

"Hugh Nibley and the 'Inmigraton' of Mormon Education"
Boyd J. Petersen
Program Coordinator for Mormon Studies, UVU

Outmigration and the Mormon Quest for Education


BRIAN CANNON is associate professor of history and director of the
Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University.
He is author of Remaking the Agrarian Dream: New Deal Rural
Resettlement in the Mountain West.

MARK CANNON received a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from
Harvard University and served in all three branches of the United
States government before his retirement. He was the first occupant of
the new statutory position of Administrative Assistant/Counsel to the
Chief Justice of the United States, Warren Burger. He also served as
Director of the Institute of Public Administration in New York City.

JOHN CARMACK is an emeritus general authority for the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints with service in the First Quorum of the
Seventy. He currently serves as the Church's managing director of the
Perpetual Education Fund and is the author of A Bright Ray of Hope:
The Perpetual Education

ROBERT C. FLETCHER is the retired executive director of Bell
Laboratories and is Vice-President for Research at Ceramics Process
Systems. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology in 1949 and is the oldest surviving son of
Harvey Fletcher.

DAVID GARDNER is president emeritus of the University of California,
where he served as the fifteenth president of the ten-campus system
from 1983 to 1992. He also served as president of the University of
Utah from 1973 to 1983 and is currently professor of educational
leadership at the University of Utah.

CLARALYN HILL currently practices law in the areas of estate planning,
adoptions, guardianship and probate. She has an MS Degree in
counseling psychology, a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law
School at Brigham Young University, and is a trained mediator. She has
served in numerous organizations including the Women Lawyers of Utah
County, the Provo School Foundation Board, and the Utah Valley Estate
Planning Council.

NED HILL is currently the National Advisory Council Professor of
Finance at BYU. Prior to this, he served as dean of BYU's Marriott
School of Management from 1998-2008. He received his undergraduate
degree in Chemistry from the University of Utah where he was a
research assistant to Dr. Henry Eyring. He taught at Cornell
University and Indiana University before joining BYU as the Joel C.
Peterson Professor of Business Administration in 1987.

JAMES HOLTKAMP is the Manager of the Global Climate Change Practice
Group at the Law Firm of Holland & Hart. Before entering private
practice, he served on the staff of the U.S. Senate Select Committee
on Presidential Campaign Activities ("Watergate Committee"). He is a
graduate of Brigham Young University and received his law degree from
the George Washington University where he was Articles Editor of the
George Washington University Law Review.

G. WESLEY JOHNSON is co-director of the Outmigration Project and
emeritus professor of business history at Brigham Young University. He
is a co-founder of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought and served as
director of BYU's Center for Family and Community History.

MARIAN A. JOHNSON is co-director of the Outmigration Project and has
served as the associate director of the Women's Research Institute at
Brigham Young University and director of the Oral History Program at
the University of California, Santa Barbara. Utilizing her expertise
as an art historian, she is currently preparing an exhibit for the
Smithsonian Institution.

ARMAND MAUSS resides in Irvine, California and is a visiting scholar
in Mormon studies in the School of Religion at Claremont Graduate
University. Prior to his retirement and relocation to California, he
was a professor of sociology and religious studies at Washington State

BOYD J. PETERSON is the program coordinator for Mormon Studies at Utah
Valley University and author of Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life. He is
the president of the Association for Mormon Letters and a board member
for Mormon Scholars in the Humanities.

CHASE NEBEKER PETERSON is president emeritus of the University of
Utah, serving in this position from 1983 to 1991. Prior to his tenure
at the University of Utah, he was vice-president for alumni affairs
and development at Harvard University. He currently serves as
co-director of the Family Medicine Clerkship at the University of

GRETHE BALLIF PETERSON was raised in Provo, Utah and received her BA
from Brigham Young University and graduated from the Management
Training Program at Radcliffe College. She also studied at Southern
Connecticut State College, Harvard University and the University of
Utah. She has served as chair of the Utah Endowment for the Humanities
and on the Board of Trustees of the Salt Lake Olympic Committee.

D. MICHAEL QUINN is an independent historian living in Southern
California and author of several books including Early Mormonism and
the Magic World View and Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power. After
publishing Elder Stateman: A Biography of J. Reuben Clark, he became
postdoctoral associate in Yale University's Department of History.

JAN SHIPPS is professor emeritus of religious studies and history at
Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, and currently
holds an Andrew W. Mellon Emeritus Fellowship for research on the
transformation of Mormonism since World War II.

For more information, contact Brian Birch at or
Boyd Petersen at

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