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Arthur Brooks Speaks at Wheatley Forum

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 00:15

Sep 8 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

President of the American Enterprise Institute, Arthur C. Brooks, will present this semester's Wheatley Forum in Civic Virtue titled, "The Conservative Heart." This Wheatley Forum is free and open to the public.

He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at AEI.

Immediately before joining AEI, Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship.

Brooks is the author of 10 books and hundreds of articles on topics including the role of government, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. His latest book, “The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise” (2012) was a New York Times bestseller. Among his earlier books are “Gross National Happiness” (2008), “Social Entrepreneurship” (2008), and “Who Really Cares” (2006). Before pursuing his work in public policy, Brooks spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain.

Brooks is a frequent guest on national television and radio talk shows and has been published widely in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Brooks has a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from RAND Graduate School. He also holds an M.A. in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in economics from Thomas Edison State College.

Meet the Humanitarian in 'Meet the Mormons': Bishnu Adhikari Speaks at BYU

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 00:15

Sep 8 - 4:00 PM

One of the people profiled in last year's Meet the Mormons movie, Bishnu Adhikari, will be speaking on campus about his lifetime of humanitarian work.

Bishnu grew up in a small mountain village high in the Himalayas. Despite arduous work in the fields and hours of commute to school, Bishnu excelled in his education and earned numerous scholarships. Hard work and determination led him to Russia where he earned a master's degree in engineering.

Following this life-changing transition, Bishnu returned to his Nepalese village and made the commitment to help others improve their quality of life. He began working on development projects for The World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and USAID. In 1999, Bishnu joined CHOICE Humanitarian as a staff member. He later returned to school and earned a second master's degree in international environmental policy.

Bishnu has provided the leadership necessary to bring the CHOICE model of sustainable development to hundreds of villages in Nepal. He has developed a series of income-generating programs that have helped thousands of Nepalese with economic opportunities in areas such as eco trekking, hydropower, biogas, buffalo keeping, and Jatropha oil.

Bishnu has received numerous certifications of appreciation from high ranking government officials in Nepal for his humanitarian work.

This lecture is sponsored by the Office of Civic Engagement.

Wheatley Forum: Faith, Learning & Educating for Wisdom

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 00:15

Sep 30 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Darin Davis, Director of the Institute for Faith & Learning at Baylor University, will deliver this Wheatley Forum in Faith & Intellect entitled, "Faith, Learning & Educating for Wisdom."

Dr. Darin H. Davis is assistant professor of Christian philosophy and ethics at George W. Truett Theological Seminary and director of Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning. He earned degrees from the University of Texas, Baylor University, and Saint Louis University (Ph.D. in philosophy). His articles have appeared in the American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Christian Reflection, and The Southern Journal of Philosophy. He is the editor and co-author of Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century University (St. Augustine’s Press, forthcoming). At Truett, he teaches courses in Christian ethics and Christian friendship. He also serves as a member of the graduate faculty of Baylor’s Philosophy Department. He was recognized with a Mortar Board Circle of Achievement Award in 2013.

As director of Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL) since 2008, Dr. Davis oversees IFL’s numerous projects: the annual Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture; various faculty and staff development efforts for the University; programs for Baylor undergraduate and graduate students (the Crane Scholars Program and Conyers Scholars Program); the Bill and Roberta Bailey Family Lecture in Christian Ethics; an annual medical ethics lecture for area health care professionals; and the publication of Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics. A native of Amarillo, Texas, he and his wife Brenda have three daughters. He is pastor of Blue Ridge Baptist Church in Falls County, Texas, a congregation founded in 1859.

Girls Night Out

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 00:15

Oct 3 - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

GNO: What do the girls do while the boys are at Priesthood Session? Come have fun and be uplifted at BYU's Museum of Peoples and Cultures! Girls Only.

Devotional: Homecoming Opening Ceremonies

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 00:15

Oct 6 - 11:05 AM

Devotional: Dance Assembly

Thu, 09/03/2015 - 00:15

Oct 27 - 11:05 AM

Devotional: Elder Ronald A. Rasband, Quorum of the Seventy

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 00:15

Sep 15 - 11:05 AM

Elder Ronald A. Rasband, member of the Quorum of the Seventy, will deliver the devotional address.

Rasband's remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on

Elder Ronald A. Rasband was called as the Senior President of the Quorums of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in April 2009. He has been serving as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy since 2005. Elder Rasband was named a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in April 2000. He has served as a counselor in the Europe Central Area Presidency, president of the Utah Salt Lake City Area, and executive director of the Temple Department and has supervised the North America West, Northwest and three Utah areas.

Elder Rasband attended the University of Utah. In 1995 Utah Valley University awarded him an honorary doctorate of business and commerce. In 1976 he joined Huntsman Container Company as sales representative, and in 1987 he was appointed president and chief operating officer of Huntsman Chemical Corporation.

Elder Rasband has held numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary in the Eastern States Mission (1970–1972), Temple Square missionary guide, bishop, and member of the Church’s Sesquicentennial Committee. He presided over the New York New York North Mission from 1996 to 1999.

Forum: Baroness Emma Nicholson, Chairman of the AMAR International Charitable Foundation

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 00:15

Sep 22 - 11:05 AM

Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne, Chairman of the AMAR International Charitable Foundation, will deliver the forum address.

Emma Nicholson is one of Britain’s best known politicians, famous not only for her formidable debating style but also her tireless charity and humanitarian work across the Middle East.

As the Chairman of the AMAR International Charitable Foundation, President of AMAR U.S. and British Prime Minister David Cameron’s official Trade Envoy to Iraq, Nicholson travels regularly to some of the world’s most hostile countries to promote and monitor AMAR's medical and educational work. She founded AMAR in response to Saddam Hussein’s systematic persecution and extermination of the Marsh Arabs, and it has now grown to become one of the leading charities in the region.

She was a member of the European Parliament for ten years, and served as Vice President of the EP’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common Defense and Security Policy. Nicholson began her political life as a Member of the British Parliament in 1987, serving a constituency in the West of England for 10 years. Previously she had worked as a Director of Save the Children, and started life as a computer software developer and engineer.

Away from work, Emma’s great love is music. She trained at Britain’s Royal Academy of Music.

Devotional: Ed Eyestone, BYU Athletics

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 00:15

Sep 29 - 11:05 AM

Ed Eyestone, BYU Director of Track and Field and Men's Cross Country Coach, will deliver the devotional address.

Eyestone's remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on

Heading into his 16th season as the men’s cross country coach, two-time Olympian Ed Eyestone has established a team that is considered to be one of the elite programs in the nation. Since his arrival in 2000, the Cougars have won the Mountain West Conference Championship eight times and the West Coast conference Championship twice.

Eyestone, who was a 10-time All-American at BYU as an athlete, has guided his teams to greatness as the head coach. Beginning with a national ranking of 23rd in his first season, Eyestone's teams have been in the nation's top 20 every year but one since then, including 4th place finishes in 2011 and 2013.

Eyestone has coached his distance runners to 16 All-American citations in cross country and 50 All-American honors in track along with 5 individual and relay National Champions. He has been honored with the Conference Coach of the Year award seven times.

Prior to coming to BYU, Eyestone was a professional road racer for 15 years and competed for the United States in the marathon at the Seoul, Korea Olympics in 1988 and Barcelona, Spain Olympics in 1992 where he had served an LDS mission 10 years earlier. He wrote a monthly column for Runner’s World magazine from 1999-2012 and continues to work as a television commentator for the New York, Chicago and Los Angeles marathons. In 2008, he was the lead distance analyst for NBC’s coverage of the Beijing Olympics.

Devotional: Sterling Hilton, BYU McKay School of Education

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 00:15

Oct 13 - 11:05 AM

Sterling Hilton, Department Chair of Educational Leadership and Foundations in the McKay School of Education, will deliver the devotional address.

Hilton's remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on

Sterling Hilton is the department chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Foundations in the McKay School of Education at BYU. Hilton earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from BYU as well as two master’s degrees: one in political science and one in statistics. Several years before earning a PhD in biostatistics from Johns Hopkins University, Hilton worked as a young intern at the U.S. Consulate in Bilbao, Spain, preparing for a career in the Foreign Service. However, his plans changed when he realized his desires and goals laid elsewhere.

Hilton joined BYU as a statistics professor in 1996 and in 2003 joined the McKay School of Education. He taught and served on the doctoral committee until he became the department chair in 2009. In addition to his current role as the department chair, he teaches and conducts research in quantitative design and analysis.

In addition to spending time with his family, Hilton is an avid runner and will rarely miss getting up early in the morning to jog or train for an occasional marathon.

Forum: Daphne Barak-Erez, Israeli Supreme Court Justice

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 00:15

Oct 20 - 11:05 AM

Daphne Barak-Erez, Israeli Supreme Court Justice, will deliver the forum address.

Daphne Barak-Erez currently serves as a justice of the Supreme Court of Israel. She was born in the United States, but has lived in Israel since 1966.

Over the years, Barak-Erez has taught as visiting professor at various universities, including the University of Toronto, Columbia Law School and Stanford Law School. She also held various public positions, including as the chairperson of the Israeli Association of Public Law, a member of the Council of Higher Education in Israel and the President of the Israeli Law and Society Association. She is a member of the American Law Institute and the International Academy of Comparative Law.

Barak-Erez was awarded several prizes, including the Rector’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching (three times), the Zeltner Prize, the Heshin Prize, the Woman of the City Award (by the City of Tel-Aviv) and the Women in Law Award (by the Israeli Bar). She is the author and editor of several books and of many articles in Israel, England, Canada and the United States.

Devotional: Bishop Dean M. Davies, Presiding Bishopric

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 00:15

Nov 3 - 11:05 AM

Bishop Dean M. Davies, Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will give the devotional address.

Davies' remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on

Bishop Dean M. Davies was sustained as second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 31, 2012.

Bishop Davies has been employed by the Church since July 1995 and has filled various assignments. Most recently he was managing director of the Special Projects Department, with responsibility for special-purpose real estate, temple design, and temple construction.

Previous to Church employment, Bishop Davies was employed by High Industries, Inc., of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and by Bechtel Investments, Inc., of San Francisco, California, where he specialized in the identification, acquisition, development and management of investment properties. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics at BYU and has completed advanced executive programs at Stanford and Northwestern Universities.

Bishop Davies has served the Church as a mission president, mission president’s counselor, stake president, stake president’s counselor, stake executive secretary, high councilor, in several bishoprics and as a full-time missionary in the Uruguay/Paraguay Mission.

Devotional: Leslee Thorne-Murphy, Associate Professor, English Department

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 00:15

Nov 10 - 11:05 AM

Leslee Thorne-Murphy, Associate Professor in the English Department of the College of Humanities, will deliver the devotional address.

Thorne-Murphy's remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on

Leslee Thorne-Murphy specializes in Victorian literature, especially the tantalizingly long, intricate, mid-century novel. In her courses, she takes a historical and cultural approach, looking at how literature shapes and is shaped by its environment. Thorne-Murphy’s research emphasizes the interactions between literature and its culture. Her current work explores how Victorian authors used depictions of women’s philanthropy in their literature to reason through and illustrate literature’s potential for aiding an ailing society.

Forum: Jim Matheson, Former U.S. Congressman

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 00:15

Nov 17 - 11:05 AM

Jim Matheson, former United States Congressman, will deliver the forum address.

As the lone Democrat in Utah’s congressional delegation, Jim Matheson represented the state for seven terms from 2001 to 2015. He was a chief deputy whip for the House Democratic Caucus and served as co-chairman of the Blue Dog Coalition, an influential group of center/right-leaning Democrats in the House. During his time in Congress, Matheson was a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as the Financial Services, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Science Committees.

Known for his independence and his bipartisan approach, Matheson was actively engaged in energy, healthcare, trade, regulatory relief and financial services issues.

Matheson had several legislative successes, including legislation to halt the proliferation of counterfeit pharmaceuticals; the Washington County Lands Bill, which fostered a balanced approach to conservation and economic development in the fastest growing county in Utah; menu labeling legislation that brought industry and consumer groups together to create a reasonable and predictable regulatory environment; and an amendment to the Dodd-Frank legislation that provided regulatory relief for the industrial bank industry.

Matheson worked in the energy sector for several years before entering government service.

Devotional: Elder Larry Y. Wilson, Quorum of the Seventy

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 00:15

Dec 1 - 11:05 AM

Elder Larry Y. Wilson, a member of the Quorum of the Seventy, will give the devotional address.

Wilson's remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on

Elder Larry Y. Wilson was sustained a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2011, at age 61. He is now serving at Church headquarters in the Temple Department and previously served in Hong Kong, China, as a member of the Asia Area Presidency.

Elder Wilson graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in English and American literature. He later received a master's of business administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

His professional career involved serving as the chief operating officer for Catholic Healthcare West in San Francisco, California, and as chief financial officer for the Northern California Region of Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California. Most recently, he served in Kaiser’s national organization as the senior vice president for financial and strategic planning. Earlier in his career, Elder Wilson was a principal with the management consulting firm of Booz, Allen and Hamilton. He has also been an officer and chairman of the California Healthcare Association, which advocates health care public policy on behalf of California hospitals.

Elder Wilson has served the Church as an Area Seventy in the North America West Area and as a stake president, bishop and full-time missionary in Brazil.

Devotional: Bonnie Brinton Anderson, Marriott School

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 00:15

Dec 8 - 11:05 AM

Bonnie Brinton Anderson, Associate Professor in the Information Systems Department of the Marriott School of Management, will give the devotional address.

Anderson's remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on

Bonnie Brinton Anderson is an associate professor of information systems at BYU. She has been at BYU since receiving her PhD from Carnegie Mellon University in 2001. She earned a BS and MAcc-IS from the Marriott School and worked as a consultant at Accenture. She currently serves as the director of the Master of Information Systems Management program.

In addition to teaching classes on information systems analysis and implementation, Anderson is currently engaged in research at the intersection of neuroscience (fMRI, EEG, eye-tracking, etc.) and behavioral information systems security. Her work is funded by the National Science Foundation and the White House Brain Initiative as well as a Google Faculty Research Award. She has presented her work internationally.

Outside of work, her hobbies include sports, playing the harp, family activities and the occasional shark encounter.

Devotional: President and Sister Worthen

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 00:15

Sep 8 - 11:05 AM

To start the Fall 2015 Semester, BYU President Kevin J Worthen and his wife Peggy will address the campus community.

The Worthen's remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on

BYU President Kevin J Worthen

Kevin J Worthen began serving as the 13th president of Brigham Young University on May 1, 2014. He previously served as BYU’s advancement vice president and as dean of its J. Reuben Clark Law School, where he is the Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law.

President Worthen was born in Dragerton (now East Carbon–Sunnyside), Utah, and grew up in nearby Price. After serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Monterrey, Mexico, he earned an associate degree at the College of Eastern Utah (now USU Eastern). He then received his bachelor of arts in political science and his juris doctorate from BYU.

Following his graduation from the BYU Law School, President Worthen served as a law clerk to Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court. After three years of private practice with the law firm of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in Phoenix, Arizona, President Worthen joined the BYU Law School faculty in 1987. In 1994, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Chile Law School in Santiago. He has published extensively on a number of legal topics, with particular emphasis on federal Indian law and the rights of indigenous peoples.

President Worthen currently serves as an area seventy in the Church of Jesus Christ. He previously served as a stake president, bishop, high councilor, and early-morning seminary instructor.

Peggy Worthen

Peggy Sealey Worthen, born and raised in Price, Utah, is the second oldest of five children. She is married to Kevin J Worthen, current president of Brigham Young University.

While she was attending the College of Eastern Utah, she met Kevin Worthen at a Church dance and the two soon began dating. Although she grew up three blocks from Kevin and his family, their three-year age difference meant they never went to high school at the same time and didn’t know each other well. In college, she began meeting with the missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and when she decided to be baptized, Kevin was able to baptize her. She and Kevin were married in the Provo Utah LDS Temple.

Early in their marriage, Worthen worked in a number of jobs to support their family as Kevin finished his education and started his career, including as a receptionist for U.S. Senator Jake Garn.

She was able to return to school when Kevin began teaching and graduated with a degree in English from BYU in 2003, the same year their oldest son graduated from high school. She has taken a number of courses since then, including two years of Norwegian.