Our mission: To Gather and Nurture Disciple-Scholars

On March 14, the Maxwell Institute's executive director J. Spencer Fluhman formally announced our new mission statement: 

The Maxwell Institute both gathers and nurtures disciple-scholars.

As a research community, the Institute supports scholars whose work inspires and fortifies Latter-day Saints in their testimonies of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and engages the world of religious ideas.

We express gratitude to BYU’s administration and Board of Trustees for helping us refine our mission, as well as to the donors and scholars who contribute their means, time, and talents, and to everyone beyond the walls of the Institute who benefit from our work. 

Read more about the updated mission statement here.

April Events

  • April 4, 11, 18, 25
    Wednesday Brown Bag 
    Book of the Semester, Fred Axelgard, George Handley, TBA
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    Each Wednesday at noon, faculty and visiting scholars from the Maxwell Institute and Brigham Young University gather in the Institute’s library to discuss new research ideas, thereby fostering a more collaborative campus community and nurturing disciple-scholars. Brown bag discussions are overseen by Philip Barlow, the Institute’s current Neal A. Maxwell Fellow. We occasionally live-tweet these gatherings at @MI_BYU.


The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ
Maxwell Institute Study Edition

Edited by Grant Hardy, with illuminations by Brian Kershisnik


PMTS series receives Association for Mormon Letters award

On March 23, the Association for Mormon Letters presented a special award in religious non-fiction publishing to the Institute's PROCEEDINGS OF THE MORMON THEOLOGY SEMINAR series. 

The Mormon Theology Seminar organizes interdisciplinary, collaborative, theological readings of Latter-day Saint scripture. Seminar participants with diverse backgrounds closely explore familiar texts in creative ways. Their experiments upon the word are published in seminar volumes in order to foster greater theological engagement with basic Mormon texts.

See the full list of awards here, and read more about the PMTS series here

Janiece Johnson interviewed on BYU Radio's Top of Mind

For forty years a statue of Philo T. Farnsworth has resided in the US Capitol Building as one of Utah’s contributions to the National Statuary Hall Collection.

Soon he’ll be replaced by a different statue—Martha Hughes Cannon. Institute research associate Janiece Johnson discussed the change with Julie Rowe on a recent episode of "Top of the Mind.

In the latest episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast, historian Grant Wacker talks about the life and ministry of evangelical preacher Billy Graham, who passed away earlier this year at age 99. Listen here or read the transcript here.
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