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BYU to honor Utah Archives Month with lectures Oct. 29, Nov. 5

Featuring Kevin J Worthen, Dan McCool

Brigham Young University will host a pair of lectures as part of the celebration of Utah Archives Month.

On Wednesday, Oct. 29, Kevin J Worthen, BYU advancement vice president and former dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School, will present “J. Reuben Clark: A Heritage of Service” at 2 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium.

Another lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 5, “Water in the West: A Misplaced Resource,” is scheduled at 3 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium. Dan McCool, professor of political science and director of the Environmental Studies program at the University of Utah, will present this lecture.

Both lectures are free and the public is welcome to attend.

J. Reuben Clark (1871–1961), a graduate of Columbia University Law School, served as solicitor in the U.S. Department of State, Undersecretary of State and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. He also taught briefly at George Washington University.

In 1933, Clark was called to serve as second counselor to President Heber J. Grant in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU is named in Clark's honor. The L. Tom Perry Special Collections is the repository of the J. Reuben Clark papers.

Utah Archives Month is an annual event sponsored by archives and special collections across Utah. Archives Month events and lectures document Utah’s political history, public policy and archives. Archives showcased include academic, private, corporate, religious and governmental repositories.

For more information, contact John M. Murphy at (801) 422-6370 or

Writer: Brady Toone

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