Speaker: Todd M. Compton

THE HUNCHBACK PROJECT: STORIES FROM MY NEW BOOK

Hugh Nibley gave a series of talks about sophic and mantic in society: the sophic offers the shallow, deceitful cleverness of PR and spin, which often leads to success in this world while the mantic (from Greek mantis, “seer”) looks to the eternal vision of things. My new book, Victim of the Muses (see WWW.HUP.HARVARD.EDU/CATALOG/COMVIC.HTML), …

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CONSTRUCTING JOSEPH SMITH’S LIFE AND TIMES

This session will be a wide-ranging conversation between historians, a Mormon publishing insider, and the audience on the attempt to “know Brother Joseph again.” What makes a good biography? What is the relationship between history and faith, and is Mormonism and the faith of its members tied more closely to the historical record than they …

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FAMILIES OF THE PROPHETS: THE REST OF THE STORY

In recent years, the Priesthood/Relief Society manuals have told the life stories of the early church presidents, including Brigham Young (1998–99), John Taylor (2003), Wilford Woodruff (the current manual), Joseph F. Smith (2000–01) and Heber J. Grant (2004). These men were polygamists, yet the manuals tend to leave out their plural families. What were their …

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The Hunchback Prophet: Victim Of The Muses

The Hunchback Prophet: Victim Of The Muses Hugh Nibley gave a series of talks about sophic and mantic persons in society: the sophic offers the shallow, deceitful cleverness of public relations and spin, which often leads to success in this world, while the mantic (from Greek mantis, “seer”) looks to the eternal vision of things. …

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Spirit In Music: The Gospel According To Peter, Paul, and Mary

Spirit In Music: The Gospel According To Peter, Paul, and Mary “Bach gave us God’s Word; Mozart gave us God’s Laughter; Beethoven gave us God’s Fire; God gave us Music that we might Pray without Words.” Panelists will share music that has particularly inspired them, including a special Harmony of the Gospels highlighting the “Gospel …

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EXCAVATING MORMON PASTS

In a just-published volume entitled Excavating Mormon Pasts: The New Historiography of the Last Half Century, a variety of writers from both the LDS and Community of Christ traditions explore five decades of reconceptualized, revisionist, and resistant Mormon histories. The volume includes essays by such noteworthy writers as Klaus J. Hansen, Roger D. Launius, Glen …

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Helen Mar Whitney as Dreamer and Priestess

Helen Mar Whitney as Dreamer and Priestess Helen Mar Whitney, in her l888-96 diaries, records many dreams, a liminal territory of visitations from benign and demonic spirits. The dreams reflect anxieties on both a micro (personal, familial) and macro (historical) level. Her diaries include many occasions where Helen and her women friends blessed and anointed …

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