Speaker: Janet Garrard-Willis

The Life and Work of Chieko Okazaki

Many LDS women mourned the August 2011 passing of former General Relief Society presidency member, Chieko Okazaki. Chieko’s visual aids, lively writing, authoritative speaking style, and fearless approach to tackling difficult issues such as abuse made her a well-known and much-beloved leader during her tenure from 1990 to 1997. Join us as we celebrate her …

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Rituals and the Real: Stories and Transformative Storytelling

Rituals and the Real: Stories and Transformative Storytelling Folklorists distinguish between the setting of a storytelling event and the universe created within the story. The world of the teller and what she tells overlap, simultaneously exist, and react upon and against each other. Theoretical frameworks developed by narratologists and anthropologists help us explore the meaning …

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Mormon Motherhood: Choice or Destiny?

Mormon Motherhood: Choice or Destiny? General Relief Society president Julie Beck caused a storm of protest among some LDS women who understood her General Conference talk as a call for them to return to, remain in, or prepare for the traditional role of motherhood. In a press conference, new Young Women president Elaine Dalton was …

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La Vida Online

La Vida Online In this session, online writers will explore how much of their personal stories regarding such things as faith, doubt, disaffection, parenting, feminism, sexual identity, and politics they share on their blogs with friends and far-flung strangers alike. How much information is too much to reveal? Where and how do online writers draw …

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Are Mormon Democrats Coming Out Of Extinction?

In April 1998, Elder Marlin K. Jensen told the Salt Lake Tribune that Church leaders feel “it’s not in the best interest [of the Church] to be known as a one-party church.” With the rise of Senator Harry Reid to Senate minority leader, and with a growing disenchantment with Bush administration policies on faith-based initiatives, …

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