Friday, February 20, 2009

The Perspectives on a Massacre: A Panel Discussion on Mountain Meadows

The UVU Religious Studies Program presents:

The Perspectives on a Massacre: A Panel Discussion on Mountain Meadows

Thursday, March 5, 2009
Lakeview Room, UVU Library (fourth floor)
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

The Mountain Meadows Massacre is among the most tragic events in Utah and Mormon history. On September 11, 1857, over one hundred California-bound emigrants were killed by Mormon settlers near Cedar City, Utah with the aid of local Indians. Events surrounding the massacre have been among the most hotly debated topics for scholars, church leaders, and descendents of the victims and perpetrators. The UVU Religious Studies Program and Happenings in Humanities are bringing together scholars from various perspectives to address public interest and to promote civil dialogue on this important topic.

Panel Participants:

Richard E. Turley, Jr.
Assistant Church Historian and Recorder, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Co-author of Massacre at Mountain Meadows (Oxford University Press, 2008)

Will Bagley
Independent historian and columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune
Author of Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows (University of Oklahoma Press, 2004)

Forrest Cuch
Executive Director, Utah Division of Indian Affairs
Editor of A History of Utah's American Indians (Utah State University Press, 2000).

Moderated by Alex Caldiero, Poet and Scholar in Residence, UVU Department of Philosophy and Humanities


UVU Religious Studies Program
UVU College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Utah Democracy Project, Center for the Study of Ethics

For more information, contact Alex Caldiero at (801) 863-8038, Brian Birch at or (801) 863-8759, or visit

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