Annual Report features Elder Holland, Cory Maxwell, and more

Our latest Annual Report features Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s recent lecture, “The Maxwell Legacy in the 21st Century.” Cory Maxwell’s touching tribute to his father Neal A. Maxwell is included, as is Mpho Tutu van Furth’s keynote presentation on forgiveness and reconciliation, research reports from each of the Institute’s scholars, a featured article on the Institute’s new Study Edition of the Book of Mormon, Spencer Fluhman's director's letter introducing “A New Maxwell Institute Mission,” and more.

If you want to know what the Institute has been up to over the past year and what we'll be up to in the coming year, the Annual Report has what you're looking for.

You can read or download the full report online. We're also providing complimentary print copies upon request while supplies last.
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Upcoming Events

  • February 13, 20, 27
    Brown bag lunch discussions
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  • February 13
    GUEST LECTURE—“Religious Freedom: The Contested History of an American Ideal,” by Tisa Wenger (Yale University)
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  • March 1–2
    CONFERENCE—“Faith in a Secular Age,” featuring Brad S. Gregory, Deidre Nicole Green, James E. Faulconer, and more. Co-sponsored with BYU's Wheatley Institution
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Call for applicants—Consultation on Latter-day Saint Women in Comparative Perspective

We're excited to announce a three-year consultation bringing together a cohort of twelve scholars interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of the history and contemporary status of Latter-day Saint women in comparative perspective. The focus will be global and comprehensive, open to studies of women and women’s roles both within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in related traditions. 

The consultation consists of three sessions of approximately one week each in the summers of 2019, 2020, and 2021. It will be led by Kate Holbrook (Church History Department) and Laurie Maffly-Kipp (John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics; Neal A. Maxwell Institute). The first session will be held June 23–29.

We welcome applications from a variety of academic disciplines, cultural backgrounds, and geographic locations. Graduate students, faculty, independent and alt-ac scholars are all welcome to apply. Scholars are selected with an understanding that they will commit to the program for all three consultations.

Applications should be submitted by Feb. 28, 2019. 
Terryl and Fiona Givens, Steven Peck to join Institute in 2019
Heading into 2019 we announced exciting additions to our group of scholars with the appointments of Terryl L. Givens, Fiona Givens, and Steven L. Peck.

Terryl Givens is departing from his chair at the University of Richmond to become a permanent Neal A. Maxwell Senior Research Fellow in June. 

Steven L. Peck joins the Institute as a visiting fellow during the spring and summer terms, 2019-2021, alternating with his position as associate professor of biology in BYU’s College of Life Sciences. 

Fiona Givens joins the Institute’s research staff in June, having previously spent time at the Institute during the summer of 2018 as a research grant recipient. 
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Videos of recent Institute lectures now available online
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's 2018 Maxwell Lecture is available to watch online here.

The 2019 Laura F. Willes Book of Mormon Lecture, featuring Grant Hardy and Brian Kershisnik, is available here.

January's Guest Lecture, featuring Robin Jensen and Brian Hauglid talking about the Book of Abraham, is available here

Maxwell Institute Podcast

MIPodcast #89—Sister Saints, with Colleen McDannell

Women have played vital roles in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the beginning, and their roles have looked different depending on the time, place, and person.  Listen or read the transcript.
Terryl Givens interviews Thomas A. Wayment about a new translation of the New Testament for Latter-day Saints

The Maxwell Institute and the Faith Matters Foundation are producing new video podcast episodes featuring Terryl Givens.  Watchlisten or read the transcript.
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