9:00 a.m.    Welcome

Arthur Holder, Dean, Graduate Theological Union

Brittany A. Chapman, M.A., Historian, LDS Church History Library

9:10 Morning Plenary Addresses

Pui-yan Kwok, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Dematology, University of California, San Francisco

Abby Li, Ph.D., Senior Managing Scientist, Toxicology & Mechanistic Biology, Exponent Engineering and Scientific Consulting

 9:30 a.m.  Communities and Charisma: Local Mormonism in China

Staci Ford, Ph.D., Honorary Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Hong Kong

Grace Kwok, M.A., Department of Comparative Literature, University of Hong Kong

Pierre Vendassi, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Bordeaux

10:45 a.m.   Break

 11:00 a.m.    Theoretical Perspectives on Asia Pacific Mormonism

Joanna Brooks, Ph.D., Chair and Professor, Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University

Robert Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D., Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, University of San Francisco

Gina Colvin, Ph.D., Lecturer, College of Education, University of Canterbury

12:30 p.m.  Lunch, Special Presentation, and Plenary Address (LDS Institute Building)

 Robert A. Rees, Vice President, Liahona Children’s Foundation

Charles Shiro Inouye, Ph.D., Professor, Japanese Literature and Visual Culture, Tufts University

* Lunch is complimentary. Please register for your meal(s) by emailing

2:00 p.m.    Framing Global Mormonism: Methods and Approaches

Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis

Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye, Ph.D., Lecturer, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Hong Kong

Elizabeth Heath, M.A., Global Acquisition Specialist, LDS Church History Library

3:15 p.m.    Break

3:30 p.m.    Mormonism and Buddhism in Dialogue

Jerry K. Hirano, Minister, Salt Lake Buddhist Temple

Elizabeth Ann Takasaki, recently released member of the Young Women General Board of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

4:30 p.m. Closing Discussion

5:15 p.m.    Reception (LDS Institute Building)


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