Event: Arizona Symposium 2006

EXCAVATING THE SACRED FEMININE

EXCAVATING THE SACRED FEMININE In many religions, the sacred feminine is suppressed, disguised, or diminished in a variety of ways. Yet the feminine is present and integral to the formation of a religion and its culture. Panelists will discuss how their work, professional or personal, excavates the feminine from obscurity in religious contexts where it …

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MORMONISM IN THE ACADEMY

MORMONISM IN THE ACADEMY Courses and programs in Mormon studies are being established across the country. Panel members will discuss the challenges, tensions, and rewards of teaching Mormon history, literature, and culture to both member and non-member students in the same classroom. Panelists will also discuss the current place of Mormon studies in the academy …

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FROM ENIGMA TO MADNESS: AN INTERVIEW WITH VALEEN TIPPETTS AVERY

FROM ENIGMA TO MADNESS: AN INTERVIEW WITH VALEEN TIPPETTS AVERY Northern Arizona University professor VALEEN TIPPETTS AVERY is well-known to students of Mormon history for two groundbreaking and highly celebrated books: Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith (1984),which she co-authored with Linda King Newell, and From Mission to Madness: Last Son of the Mormon Prophet (1998) …

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‘THERE WERE NO CONTENTIONS AND DISPUTATIONS’: OVERCOMING INSTITUTIONAL RACISM TOWARD INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

‘THERE WERE NO CONTENTIONS AND DISPUTATIONS’: OVERCOMING INSTITUTIONAL RACISM TOWARD INDIGENOUS PEOPLES Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere and Mormons are inextricably connected by the Book of Mormon and western American History. In many attitudes and cultural representations, however, Mormons tend to replicate patterns of paternalism and racism from general American society. Conquering racism, even …

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HISTORY’S APPRENTICE: PERSONAL REFLECTIONS ON B. H. ROBERTS

HISTORY’S APPRENTICE: PERSONAL REFLECTIONS ON B. H. ROBERTS Though he has been dead for more than seventy years, B. H. Roberts remains a significant Mormon historian and theologian, and he’s considered one of the Church’s premier intellectuals. This presentation draws on my experience as the editor of his journals covering the period from 1880–1898, a …

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MORMON CINEMA AT FIVE: A HEALTH REPORT

MORMON CINEMA AT FIVE: A HEALTH REPORT Although Mormons have been a topic for films as early as 1905, and LDS filmmakers have been telling quintessential Mormon stories since the 1930s, Richard Dutcher’s films God’s Army (2000) and Brigham City (2001) mark what some consider to be the birth of “Mormon Cinema”, feature-length fiction films …

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MORMONISM AND BLACKS: TAKING A CURRENT PULSE

MORMONISM AND BLACKS: TAKING A CURRENT PULSE Approaching the issue of Mormonism and race through multiple disciplines, panelists will offer a progress report on how far Mormonism has come in realizing the Book of Mormon ideal of all people being treated “alike unto God,” especially black Americans. Where have LDS efforts succeeded? What areas must …

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TRANSLATING MORMONISM ABROAD: A CHURCH WITH MANY FACES

AZ06013, TRANSLATING MORMONISM ABROAD: A CHURCH WITH MANY FACES The LDS Church has grown beyond American borders so that now more of its members reside outside the U.S. than within. It is clear that, despite institutional centralization, variation of international LDS attitudes and practices is inexorably tied to a country’s national and political history. This …

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BIOGRAPHERS AND THE MORMON “PROPHET PUZZLE”: 1974 TO 2004

BIOGRAPHERS AND THE MORMON “PROPHET PUZZLE”: 1974 TO 2004 It has been thirty-one years since Jan Shipps issued a challenge in her essay, “The Prophet Puzzle,” for writers to develop thorough portraits of Joseph Smith that show the “whole man.” This presentation examines the strengths and weaknesses of nine post-1974 biographies of the founding Mormon …

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