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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" (Random House/Convergent, 2018) and "The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church" (Oxford University Press, 2019). She has a PhD in American religious history from Columbia University.

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