Thursday, February 25, 2010

BYU Studies Symposium

BYU Studies Symposium

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Title: "Of Things Both in Heaven and in the Earth" D&C 88: 78, 79

When: March 12–13, 2010

Where: Hinckley Alumni Center on Brigham Young University campus in Provo, Utah

What: To celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, BYU Studies is holding a special symposium on Friday, March 12, and Saturday, March 13, in the beautiful Hinckley Alumni and Visitor's Center at Brigham Young University. The theme, which captures the mission statement of BYU Studies, is drawn from D&C 88:78–79, "Of Things Both in Heaven and in the Earth." The event is free and open to the public. A preliminary schedule is available at

Three plenary sessions and four blocks of concurrent sessions, from 9:00 am on Friday until 3:00 pm on Saturday, will feature more than fifty fascinating presenters. A poster session, scheduled for Friday afternoon, will highlight recent research from a variety of disciplines by both seasoned professors and younger scholars.

The three plenary speakers are Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, Professor of Church History and Doctrine and publications director of the Religious Studies Center at BYU; Van C. Gessel, Professor of Japanese and former Dean of the College of Humanities at BYU; and George S. Tate, Professor of Humanities and Comparative Literature and former Dean of Undergraduate Education at BYU. Holzapfel will share new discoveries about Wilford Woodruff's 1897 recorded testimony concerning Joseph Smith and the succession in the Church presidency. Gessel will examine the challenges of introducing Christian vocabulary into non-Christian cultures. Tate will give a behind-the-scenes look at his work on the 1918 influenza pandemic and the 1918 revelation that became Doctrine and Covenants 138, recently published in BYU Studies and the Ensign.

According to Welch, those who come will have the chance to meet "other like-minded individuals who enjoy exploring a variety of topics" along with several BYU Studies authors. "This symposium will help involve readers in the academic experience," explains Welch.

Contact: For questions or comments, contact BYU Studies at
(801) 422-6691 or at

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