June 17, 2017
Widtsoe Celebration in Norway
Visit John A. Widtsoe’s birthplace in Frøya, Norway with a delegation of family and Widtsoe Foundation members. A bronze statue honoring Widtsoe’s legacy of educational excellence will be unveiled in the town square. Norwegian descendants of John Widtsoe have organized this international event.
Tabernacle in the Wilderness
Tour an authentic Old Testament replica of the Jewish Tabernacle in the Wilderness on the USC campus. Dead Sea Scrolls expert Donald Parry and Widtsoe Distinguished Scholar Jack Welch will lead discussions about the historical and spiritual significance of this holy Jewish sanctuary. Watch Video
Patrick Mason, Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies and Interim Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities, will team with the Widtsoe Foundation to bring author Thomas Simpson to Los Angeles for a discussion of his new book American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940. Simpson brings to light the experiences of two generations of Latter-day Saints at elite American universities, including John A Widtsoe’s Harvard schooling.