MORMON STUDIES INITIATIVE AT U NAMES BRIAN BIRCH AS FIRST SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE
The Obert C. and Grace A. Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah has named its first fellow in the Marlin K. Jensen Scholar and Artist in Residence Program as part of the Mormon Studies initiative.
University of Utah alumnus Brian Birch is a professor of philosophy, director of the religious studies program and director of the Center for the Study of Ethics at Utah Valley University. His fellowship will consist of a semester-long residency at the Tanner Humanities Center beginning fall 2016. Click here to read more.
ABOUT THE MARLIN K. JENSEN SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
Marlin Keith Jensen was a general authority of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), serving as the official Church Historian and Recorder from 2005 to 2012. During his tenure, Jensen worked to professionalize the Church’s History Department, give it international range, make its holdings more accessible to researchers, and publish primary materials. Jensen was made an emeritus general authority in 2012. Currently, he practices law in Salt Lake City and is a member of the Utah State Board of Regents.
“I have known Marlin Jensen,” says Tanner Humanities Center Director Bob Goldberg, “for more than a decade. He brings to every situation a deep integrity, wisdom, and desire to repair the world. He inspires trust and the sense that people of good will can accomplish anything that inspires them. With his gracious consent, we ask you to join us in honoring his significant and enduring impact on our community.”
The fellowship will consist of a semester-long residency tailored to a specific scholar or artist. Each scholar will:
- Serve as a research or artistic mentor
- Offer public lectures or performance
- Teach workshops or classes for University of Utah students or lifelong learners
- Contribute to Mormon Studies curriculum planning and program development
To date we have raised $88,000 for a pilot year program. If successful, we will offer this program for three years, for a total cost of $150,000.
Contact Information: We welcome donations at all levels and would be honored to discuss our initiative with potential donors. Contact Professor Bob Goldberg, Director, at 801/581-8844 and firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan M. Anderson, Development Officer, at 801/581-8862 and email@example.com.