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Inauguration of BYU President Kevin J Worthen

43 min 33 sec ago

Sep 9 - 11:00 AM

Kevin J Worthen will be installed as BYU’s 13th president during a devotional assembly on Tuesday, September 9, at 11 a.m., in the Marriott Center.   The inauguration ceremony will feature remarks from officials at BYU and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.    Worthen succeeds Dr. Cecil O. Samuelson, who served as BYU president for 11 years. While Worthen officially began his tenure as president of the university on May 1, 2014, this inauguration is a chance for the greater campus community to come together to celebrate this important milestone at BYU.   About President Worthen    Prior to his new role, Worthen served as BYU’s advancement vice president. Before that he was the dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU. He is the Hugh W. Colton Professor of Law at BYU and has particular expertise in federal Indian law. He is a former Fulbright scholar and clerked for Justice Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Court. He also has been an associate attorney for Jennings, Strouss & Salmon in Phoenix.   A native of Carbon County, Utah, Worthen earned an associate degree from the College of Eastern Utah, where he was co-captain of the varsity basketball team. While at CEU, he also worked during the summer months as an underground coal miner in the Plateau Mine in Wattis, Utah.   Worthen earned his bachelor's and juris doctor degrees from BYU. He is currently serving as an Area Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Peggy Sealey Worthen, have three children and one grandchild.

Devotional: Elder Dale G. Renlund

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Sep 16 - 11:05 AM

Elder Dale G. Renlund, 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, Sept. 16 at 11:05 am in the Marriott Center.

If you miss Elder Renlund’s remarks, the devotional will be streamed on demand at BYUtv.org and will be archived on speeches.byu.edu

Elder Renlund was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 4, 2009, at age 56. At the time of his call, he had been serving as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the Utah Salt Lake City Area. He is currently serving in the presidency of the Africa Southeast Area.   After receiving B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Utah, Elder Renlund received further medical and research training at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was a Professor of Medicine at the University of Utah and the Medical Director of the Utah Transplantation Affiliated Hospitals (UTAH) Cardiac Transplant Program.   Elder Renlund has served in numerous church callings including full-time missionary in Sweden, stake president, bishop, and Area Seventy.   Elder Renlund was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, in November 1952. He married Ruth Lybbert in 1977. They are the parents of one daughter.

 

Forum: Mickey Edwards, Constitution Day Speaker

43 min 33 sec ago

Sep 23 - 11:05 AM

Mickey Edwards, former congressman from Oklahoma, will deliver the forum address on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 11:05 am in the Marriott Center. 

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.

 

Forum: Dr. Vali Nasr, Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies

43 min 33 sec ago

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.

Devotional: Elder David F. Evans

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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.

If you miss Elder Evans’ remarks, the devotional will be streamed on demand at BYUtv.org and will be available on speeches.byu.edu

Elder Evans was called to serve as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on April 2, 2005. He is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Missionary Department. Elder Evans has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in the Japan Mission, bishop’s counselor, Scoutmaster, stake Young Men president, bishop, stake president’s counselor, stake mission president, stake president, president of the Japan Nagoya Mission (1998-2001), counselor and president of the Asia North Area, and Assistant Executive Director in the Missionary and Priesthood Departments.   In 1976, Elder Evans received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Utah in community health education. In 1979, he received his Juris Doctor in law from Brigham Young University. His professional career involved being a partner/attorney for several law firms in Utah. He also served as an executive for an investment banking firm.   David Frewin Evans was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on August 11, 1951. He married Mary S. Evans in 1973. They are the parents of eight children and 20 grandchildren.

 

Forum: Governor Mitt Romney

43 min 33 sec ago

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.

Devotional: Elder Erich W. Kopischke

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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.

If you miss Elder Kopischke’s remarks, the devotional will be streamed on demand at BYUtv.org and will be available on speeches.byu.edu

Elder Kopischke was sustained as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on March 31, 2007. He is currently serving in the North America Southeast Area. He served as the president of the Europe Area from 2009 to 2012. Previously he was a member of the Third Quorum of the Seventy, and as an Area Seventy, he served as second counselor in the Europe Central Area Presidency. After his call as a General Authority, he served as first counselor in the Europe Area Presidency.   Prior to his call as a full-time General Authority of the Church, Elder Kopischke was the Seminary and Institute coordinator for Europe. As a Church Educational System employee, he also taught institute and served as the area director for the Central Europe Area. Earlier in his career he was self-employed as an insurance broker and later became managing director of a nationwide insurance company in Germany. He received his initial professional training and degree in business.   Elder Kopischke has served in numerous Church callings, including stake president, district president, high councilor, branch president, and counselor in two bishoprics. In 2003 he was called to preside over the Germany Berlin Mission, which included the former German Democratic Republic and West Berlin. As a young man he served as a missionary in the Germany Munich Mission.   Elder Kopischke was born on October 20, 1956, in Elmshorn, Germany. He married Christiane Glück in the Bern Switzerland Temple in 1978. They are the parents of seven children and have five grandchildren.

 

Forum: Jim Leach, National Endowment for the Humanities

43 min 33 sec ago

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.

Forum: Dr. David Pershing, President of the University of Utah

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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.