Join the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom (CIRF) and Professor Joel Campbell of Brigham Young University (BYU) to learn about:

  • Early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in the U.S.
  • Lessons for the resiliency and civil rights protection for Muslims in the U.S. today
  • The legal structures of religious freedom
  • The roles of religious minorities in American society today

The seminar will include talks by several guest speakers, small-group discussions with BYU students, a walking tour of historic sights in Nauvoo, and a visit to the jail in Carthage, IL, where a mob killed LDS Church founder Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, in 1844.


The seminar will start at 4pm on Thursday, August 3 and end at noon on Saturday, August 5. Lodging will be at the Nauvoo Family Inn, two participants (of same gender) per room. Meals will be provided from Thursday dinner through Saturday breakfast. CIRF will provide lodging, food, and seminar materials. Participants are responsible for travel to and from Nauvoo. CIRF will assist in arranging carpools to Nauvoo from St. Louis, MO. CIRF will cover the mileage of drivers at a rate of $0.27 (USD) per mile for those driving alone and $0.54 (USD) per mile for those bringing passenger(s) for up to 600 miles of total travel.

How to apply:

To apply, you must be 18 years or older on August 3rd, 2017. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. The sooner the applications, the better the chances of being accepted. To apply, visit here.

For questions about the seminar, please contact Ismail. This seminar is made possible by a grant from Templeton Religion Trust.


Professor Joel Campbell is associate professor of journalism at Brigham Young University’s School of Communications in Provo, Utah. A former newspaper reporter and editor, he has published commentary in the popular press and academic journals about media coverage of Mormons in both the 19th Century and today.