California's First Mormon Studies Professorship at Claremont

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CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) -- California's first Mormon studies professorship is being established at Claremont Graduate University.

Church elder and author Richard Lyman Bushman will lead the program, the nation's second at a secular school. He wrote the 2005 biography of the faith's prophet, "Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling."

Bushman has gotten national exposure as a media commentator about Mormonism since the presidential bid of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is a Mormon.

Claremont Graduate University, founded in 1925, is part of The Claremont Colleges campus 35 miles east of Los Angeles.

------ Information from: Los Angeles Times

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