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So Cal conference this weekend on Mormon Millennials

The Next Mormons (Oxford University Press, 2019)

I’m honored to say that the Claremont Mormon Studies program has organized a one-day conference around The Next Mormons book and research, with scholars and other interested folks coming from all over the country to discuss the research and its implications.

“Millennial Saints: Generational Change in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” will run from 9 to 4:30 on Saturday in the Albrecht Auditorium at Claremont. The event is free and open to the public, but in an ideal world you’re supposed to register in advance here.

It’s a pretty exciting lineup of with political scientists, sociologists, a data analyst, a journalist, historians and actual bona fide Mormon Millennials so we’re not just all talking about them like they’re not in the room. Here’s the conference program. I hope to see you there.

Conference Schedule

9:00   Welcome and Introduction

  • Patrick Mason, Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, Claremont Graduate University

9:10   Opening Keynote Lecture

  • Jana Riess, author of The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church

9:50   Data on Millennials and Religion

  • Becka Alper, Pew Research Center

10:15 Break

10:30 Millennials and Religion: Comparative Perspectives
Moderator: Roger Cook, Claremont Graduate University

  • Matthew Loveland, Associate Professor of Sociology and Political Science, Le Moyne College
  • Aprilfaye Manalang, Assistant Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies, Norfolk State University

11:20 Break

11:30 Social Scientific Responses to The Next Mormons
Moderator: Kenneth Adkins, Claremont Graduate University

  • John Bartkowski, Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Phil Zuckerman, Professor of Sociology, Pitzer College
  • Benjamin Knoll, John Marshall Harlan Associate Professor of Politics, Centre College

12:30 Lunch – catered lunch available in the lobby

1:00 Keynote Lecture

  • David Campbell, Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy, University of Notre Dame

1:45 Situating The Next Mormons in Mormon Studies
Moderator: Rebekah Call, Claremont Graduate University

  • Spencer Fluhman, Executive Director of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship and Associate Professor of History, Brigham Young University
  • Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Armand Mauss, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Religious Studies, Washington State University

2:45 Break

3:00 Millennial Saints Respond
Moderator and Discussion Facilitator: Jana Riess, author of The Next Mormons: How Millennials are Changing the LDS Church

  • Rosemary Card, CEO and founder of Q.NOOR, author of Model Mormon: Fighting for Self-Worth on the Runway and as an Independent Woman
  • Phil Ngo, senior software engineer at Open Energy Efficiency
  • Judy Pham, training executive at Shiseido Cosmetics America
  • Calvin Burke, history major, Brigham Young University

4:00 Concluding Comments

  • Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune

About the author

Jana Riess

Senior columnist Jana Riess is the author of many books, including "The Prayer Wheel" (2018) and "The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church," which will be published by Oxford University Press in March 2019. She has a PhD in American religious history from Columbia University.

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