University Devotionals and Forums
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, BYUtv.org (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on speeches.byu.edu.
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.
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.
Oct 22 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Does religious participation strengthen or weaken families? That’s the question posed by the American Families of Faith Project. Its purpose is “to explore the processes at work at the nexus between religiosity and family relationships that lead to positive outcomes.” Family Home and Social Sciences professor David Dollahite and his colleagues interviewed 200 families of different faiths to learn how and why religion strengthens their relationships. After years of research and analysis, they have discovered what really works, no matter a family’s religion. He will share the gems of his research–the “best practices” of religious families–at this year’s Virginia Cutler Lecture.
Oct 27 - 11:05 AM
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, BYUtv.org (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on speeches.byu.edu.
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.
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, BYUtv.org (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on speeches.byu.edu.
Thorne-Murphy is an associate professor in the Department of English. She joined the faculty in 2002, after completing her graduate work at Brandeis University.
Thorne-Murphy specializes in Victorian literature, with research interests in women’s literature, social reform, book history, and the genres of prose fiction. She teaches courses in British and transatlantic literature.
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.
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, BYUtv.org (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on speeches.byu.edu.
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.
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, BYUtv.org (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYU Radio, and will be archived on speeches.byu.edu.
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.
Oct 7 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Election season is definitely underway, both on a national and local scale. City council candidates are ready to voice their opinions on issues facing the city of Provo. The BYU Office of Civic Engagement is sponsoring a debate for the Provo city council candidates.
According to KSL.com, all but two of seven council seats are up for election, drawing a crowd of nine candidates, one of which is a former mayor. The issues they will debate include a possible sales tax increase to improve recreational, arts, and parks opportunities in Provo, and handling growth on the west side.
The candidates are Clint Rhinehart, Gary Winterton, former city councilman; George Stewart, former mayor; Carina Wytiaz, technology businesswoman; Dave Knecht, former city councilman; Brian Smith, planning commissioner; Howard Stone, Kay Van Buren, and David Harding.
The debate will available on the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences YouTube channel the week after the debate. Provo City will be holding general elections on Tuesday, Nov. 3.