Thursday, June 02, 2011

Mormonism in Cultural Context: A Symposium in Honor of Richard Lyman Bushman

Mormonism in Cultural Context: A Symposium in Honor of Richard Lyman Bushman
On the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday

June 18, 2011
Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah

J. Spencer Fluhman, Steven C. Harper, Reid L. Neilson, Jed L. Woodworth
SPONSORS: Church History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormon Historic Sites Foundation, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Brigham Young University: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Amber Media: Susan Bettis, M. Gerald Bradford, Jennifer Elizabeth Harper, Robert L. Millet, Jeffrey N. Walker, Dianne Yancey, Springville Art Museum, especially Vern G. Swanson and Dawn C. Jensen


Opening Plenary Session 8:00-9:00 AM
Grand Gallery
Joseph Smith, Romanticism, and Tragic CreationTerryl L. Givens, Professor of Literature and Religion, James A. Bostwick Chair of English, University of Richmond

Concurrent Session 9:10-10:10 AM
Grand Gallery

Rethinking Retrenchment: Course Corrections in the Ongoing Campaign for RespectabilityArmand L. MaussProfessor Emeritus of Sociology and Religious Studies, Washington State University
The British Colonization MormonismDavid J. WhittakerSenior Librarian and Curator of Mormon and Western Americana, Brigham Young University
Youth Gallery
The Third Convention, 1936-1946: Joseph Smith, Juan Diego, and Mormon Ideas of Mexican ExceptionalismElisa PulidoGraduate Student, Claremont Graduate University
Mormonism's Middle WayTona J. HangenAssistant Professor of US History, Worcester State University

Concurrent Session 10:20-11:20 AM
Grand Gallery

"The Wars and the Perplexities of the Nations": Reflections on Mormonism, Violence, and the StatePatrick Q. MasonHoward W. Hunter Associate Professor of Mormon Studies, Claremont Graduate University
Catholic-Mormon Dialogue: Ecumenical, Inter-Religious, or What? Donald WestbrookPhD Student, Claremont Graduate University
Youth Gallery
God, the World, and the Long Journey to Divinity: Mormonism, Idealism, and RomanticismJames McLachlanProfessor of Philosophy and Religion, Western Carolina University
Mormonism, Enlightenment, and Millennial Peace Benjamin HuffAssistant Professor of Philosophy, Randolph-Macon College

Concurrent Session 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Grand Gallery
Zion in Exile: Mormonism's Integration of Separatism and Inclusivism Mark Ashurst-McGeeResearch Historian and Documentary Editor, Joseph Smith Papers Project, Church History Library
Who Holds the Keys to Eternal Life?: The Radical Answer of Joseph Smith, Jr.Charles Randall Paul, Ph.D.President, Foundation for Religious Diplomacy
Youth Gallery
On Mormon Thought and Its Context(s): Joseph Smith, Thomas ****, and the Tricky Task of Determining Influence Benjamin E. Park M Phil Student, Political Thought and Intellectual History, University of Cambridge
Joseph Smith as Philosopher King: Early Mormonism and Late Neoplatonism Stephen J. Fleming Graduate Student, University of California, Santa Barbara

Luncheon for Presenters and Invited Guests, Jerald Jacobs Atrium
Remarks Claudia Lauper Bushman

Concurrent Session 1:30-2:20 PM
Grand Gallery

Early Mormon Approaches to the Past Jordan Watkins PhD Student, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Richard Lyman Bushman's Historical Thinking in Context Stuart Parker Postdoctoral Fellow, Brigham Young University Social Sciences and Humanities research Council of Canada
Youth Gallery
LDS Understandings of Religious Freedom: Responding to Shifting Directions of the First Amendment Pendulum Mauro Properzi Visiting Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University
Jacksonian Democracy and the Spirit of Mormonisn Lynita K. Newswander Adjunct Faculty of Political Science, University of South Dakotaand Lee TrepanierAssociate Professor of Political Science, Saginaw Valley State University
Concurrent Session 2:30-3:30 PM
Grand Gallery

The Language of Heaven Sam Brown Assistant Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine
Joseph Smith and John Milton: Affinities, Infinities Rosalynde WelchManaging Editor, The Mormon Review
Youth Gallery
Joseph Smith's Restoration as a Postmodern Work of ArtIan Fowles PhD Student, Claremont Graduate University
Of Dung, Diamonds, and Plain and Precious Truths: Biblical Editing of Thomas Jefferson and Joseph Smith Kurt GrahamDirector, Church History Museum
The LDS Notion of Zion and Teilhardian Thought Stephen R. WhiteAssociate Professor, Appalachian State University and Jonathan R. NicholsGraduate Student in Leadership & Educational Studies, Appalachian State University
Concluding Plenary Session 3:40-4:50 PM
Grand Gallery
The Fragmentation of Reality: Joseph Smith's Radical Remedy Philip L. Barlow Leonard J. Arrington Professor of Mormon History & Culture, Utah State University
After the Golden Age Richard Lyman Bushman

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