Monday, August 26, 2013

Hiring practices for women change at College of Religious Education at BYU

Excerpts of A Revolutionary Hire at BYU's College of Religious Education, SquareTwo, Vol. 6 No. 2 (Summer 2013)
In the Summer 2011 issue of SquareTwo, we reported on the first-ever appointment of a female department chair in the College of Religious Education at Brigham Young University.  We were all pretty excited about that precedent-setting and paradigm-shattering event.  Well now something new has happened at the College that makes that appointment seem humdrum—and just two years later!  Indeed, we think you should be sitting down for this . . .

The Department of Ancient Scripture in the College of Religious Education at Brigham Young University has hired . . . drum roll . . . a married women with children ages 2 years old and 6 months old who plans to have additional children!  Yes, it's true!  Her name is Amy Easton-Flake, and she holds a Ph.D. in American Literature and Women's Studies from Brandeis University.  And her husband is moving to Provo, too, putting her career first and sharing child care responsibilities with her.          

LDS authors back gay writer

Excerpts of Mormon authors back gay writer in squabble with Cedar Fort, By Matthew Piper, Salt Lake Tribune
A dispute between a Utah publisher and a gay author who made a nod to his boyfriend in his biography has gained the attention of Mormons in the publishing community.
As of Saturday morning, 41 Mormon authors had signed a letter asking publishers to base decisions on "content, quality, and commercial viability, not on any other factor." Meanwhile, an Arizona-based LDS author said Cedar Fort just last week published a book of his that contains a significant gay subplot.