University Devotionals and Forums
Oct 7 - 11:05 AM
Mark Callister, Associate Chair of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communications, will deliver the devotional address on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center.
If you miss Callister's remarks, the devotional will be streamed on demand at BYUtv.org and will be available on speeches.byu.edu.Mark Callister received a Ph. D. in communication from the University of Arizona (1997), an M.B.A from BYU (1991), and B.A.s in English and international relations from BYU (1988). He teaches courses in advertising, consumer behavior, persuasion, and research methods. He formerly taught at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. His research centers on family and the media, visual imagery in print advertising, and portrayals of elderly in the media. He has published articles in the Journal of Current Issues & Research in Advertising, Journal of Aging Studies, The Encyclopedia of Human Emotions, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Oncology Nursing Forum, and Evaluation & the Health Professions. As a specialist in theories of persuasion and team work, he has consulted for Commonwealth Edison, Caterpillar, the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs, Roquette-America, Institute for Applied Criminal Justice, and others. He was selected as the Outstanding Teacher in June 2002 for the College of Fine Arts and Communication at Western Illinois University and awarded the Wayne N. Thompson Distinguished Professorship of Communication Award, 2000-01.
Nov 11 - 11:05 AM
Scott Swofford, BYU Broadcasting creative director, will deliver the devotional address on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center.
If you miss Swofford's remarks, the devotional will be streamed on demand at BYUtv.org and will be available on speeches.byu.edu.
Swofford, in addition to his BYU Broadcasting position, is the director of media for the LDS Church Missionary department and had a major part in bringing about The District series, which follows LDS missionaries in order to provide new missionaries with useful training. Swofford is also the director of BYUtv's family drama television series, Granite Flats and had a part in the Work and the Glory series.
Dec 9 - 11:05 AM
Lloyd Newell, professor of Church History and Doctrine, will deliver the devotional on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 11:05 a.m. in the Marriott Center.
If you miss Newell's remarks, the devotional will be streamed on demand at BYUtv.org and will be available on speeches.byu.edu.
Lloyd D. Newell holds a M.A. in communications and a Ph.D. in marriage, family, and human development from BYU, where he is a professor of Church History & Doctrine and an associated faculty member in the School of Family Life. He has addressed audiences in 45 states and more than a dozen other countries through his seminars and keynote speaking engagements.
He has been a television news anchorman and a news magazine host in Utah, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. He continues to serve as host and announcer for many local and national programs and events. He is also the author of more than a dozen books and numerous articles. He has served as announcer and writer for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir inspirational broadcast, "Music and the Spoken Word" since 1990. Lloyd and his wife, Karmel, are the parents of four children.
Sep 23 - 11:05 AM
Mickey Edwards, former congressman from Oklahoma, will deliver the forum address.
A former congressman from Oklahoma, Mickey Edwards is a founding trustee of the Heritage Foundation and national chairman of the American Conservative Union. He taught at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School and was a regular commentator for NPR's All Things Considered. Edwards has also authored numerous books and articles. His most recent efforts include Reclaiming Conservatism: How a Great American Political Movement Got Lost—And How It Can Find Its Way Back.
Sep 30 - 11:05 AM
Dan Clark will deliver the devotional address on Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 11:05 am in the Marriott Center.
Clark will speak on “The Art of Significance – Achieving The Level Beyond Success,” which is also the title of his latest book.
BiographyClark is CEO of an international high performance communications corporation, a New York Times bestselling author, award winning athlete, Gold Record songwriter, adventurer, alumnus of the University of Utah and adjunct professor at BYU . In the last 30 years, Clark has spoken to more than four million people, to more 4,500 audiences, in all 50 states, in 54 countries and on six continents. In addition to writing 21 of his own bestselling books, he is a primary contributing author to the Chicken Soup For The Soul series. Clark serves on the International Board of Governors of Operation Smile. He serves on the National Civic Leaders Board with the United States Secretary of the Air Force, while continuously speaking to our combat troops throughout the world including in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa.
Oct 21 - 11:05 AM
Dr. Vali Nasr, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., will deliver the forum address on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 11:05 am in the Marriott Center.
One of the leading American experts on Islamic world and Middle East policies, Vali Nasr is a best-selling author, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution and contributor to Bloomberg View He is the author of the book The Dispensable Nation (2013), which takes a hard look at strategic risk of a shrinking American role on the global stage.
Nov 4 - 11:05 AM
Elder David F. Evans, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will deliver the devotional address on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 11:05 am in the Marriott Center.
Nov 18 - 11:05 AM
Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts, will deliver the forum address on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 11:05 am in the Marriott Center.
Former Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney is the founder of Bain Capital and served as chair of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT. Romney received his B.A., with Highest Honors, from Brigham Young University in 1971. In 1975, he was awarded an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar, and earned a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
Dec 2 - 11:05 AM
Elder Erich W. Kopischke, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will deliver the devotional address on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 11:05 am in the Marriott Center.
Feb 24 - 11:05 AM
Jim Leach, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will deliver the forum address on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 11:05 am in the Marriott Center.
Former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Jim Leach is a former member of congress from Iowa. Prior to his appointment as NEH chairman, Leach was the John L. Weinberg Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. He also served as the interim director of the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent federal agency which promotes excellence in the humanities.
Mar 24 - 11:05 AM
Dr. David Pershing, President of the University of Utah, will deliver the forum address on Tuesday, March 24 at 11:05 am in the Marriott Center.
President of the University of Utah, Dr. David Pershing is a gifted teacher and prolific researcher. A professor of chemical engineering, President Pershing is the recipient of the University of Utah’s Distinguished Teaching and Distinguished Research Awards and the U’s Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence. He has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, won more than 20 research grants totaling approximately $60 million, and earned five patents. He was named Engineering Educator of the Year by the Utah Engineering Council in 2002 and is a winner of the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology.