University Devotionals and Forums
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.
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 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.
Because of the first week of school there will be no Devotional today.
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.
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.
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.