Speaker: Armand Mauss

WILL THE REAL LAMANITES PLEASE STAND UP?

In a book just off the press, Armand Mauss traces the changing definitions and understandings of the term “Lamanite” across Mormon history and explains why such changes have occurred, not only with regard to Lamanites but also in reference to black Africans, Jews, Anglo-Ephraimites, and Israelites in general. These changes make for a fascinating study …

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The Church and Its Scholars: Ten Years After

In August 1992, Lavina Fielding Anderson, who had been collecting information about a disturbingly unhealthy relationship between the Church and its scholars, primarily historians, presented that information as a chronology at a session of the Salt Lake Sunstone symposium. She called for greater honesty, humility, courage, and compassion from both scholars and the Church. As …

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Beyond the 1978 Revelation

This panel explores the paradoxical situation of African-Americans within the Church since 1978 and the ambivalence about the roles assigned to blacks. As Church officials attempt to reach out to blacks through missionary efforts in predominantly black areas, many white Latter-day Saints continue to embrace and even promote certain racist concepts. How have these ideas …

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A New ‘Lost’ Generation? The Future of Mormon Scholarship

A New ‘Lost’ Generation? The Future of Mormon Scholarship ‘Lost Generation” has been used to refer both to a generation of American expatriate writers after World War I and to a Utah/Mormon group of writer-intellectuals of the same period. The Mormon generation just after World War II has been rich in intellectual and literary accomplishments, …

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How Big Is the Mormon Tent? Toward a New Understanding of What It Means To Be “Mormon” How Big Is the Mormon Tent? Toward a New Understanding of What It Means To Be “Mormon”

How Big Is the Mormon Tent? Toward a New Understanding of What It Means To Be “Mormon” How Big Is the Mormon Tent? Toward a New Understanding of What It Means To Be “Mormon” What is in a name? . . .Apparently a lot! As recent interviews and official announcements have indicated, as the Church …

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LDS CHURCH GROWTH AND CHANGING CONCEPTIONS OF LINEAGE AND RACE

LDS CHURCH GROWTH AND CHANGING CONCEPTIONS OF LINEAGE AND RACE During the past century or so, conceptions about race and lineage among the Latter-day Saints have gradually evolved in the direction of greater universalism and less parochialism. The changes are apparent in official discourse as well as in grassroots attitudes and involve doctrines about black …

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