The Tanner Humanities Center is proud to announce its most recent Mormon Studies initiative. We have begun to raise funds to create a fellowship in the name of Marlin K. Jensen. OurMarlin K. Jensen Scholar and Artist inResidence Program will host prominent scholars with expertise in Mormon Studies or renowned artists who explore the relationship between faith and art in their work.
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
Our goal is to raise $50,000 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Susan M. Anderson, Development Officer, at 801/581-8862 email@example.com.