Sunstone West 2012 preliminary session listing

Sunstone Symposium West 2012

3-4 February 2012      

Claremont Graduate University

Stauffer Hall

925 N. Dartmouth Ave Claremont, CA



Opening Plenary Session

8:00 pm Friday 3 February, Albrecht Auditorium


Stirring Up LDS History


In her December 2011 Sunstone lecture at the University of Utah, historian LAUREL THATCHER ULRICH examined the new Daughters in My Kingdom Relief Society study manual and discussed the advantages and challenges to incorporating women’s history into Church curricula. We’ll show the video of Dr. Ulrich’s lecture, and a panel of respondents will discuss the questions raised in the presentation.


Respondents: JANA REMY, D. MICHAEL QUINN, and others to be announced.


Symposium sessions begin at 8:00 am Saturday

Albrecht Auditorium and Stauffer Hall, 925 N. Dartmouth Ave, Claremont

Selected Papers and Panels Include:

  • Plural Lives: Mitt Romney’s Polygamous Heritage
  • Book of Mormon Archaeology and the Construction of the Lunatic Fringe: Jose Davila, John Brewer, and the Ancient Records of Central Utah
  • Panel: Monsters and Mormons: Reclaiming Pulp Fiction Mormons from Comic Clichés and Stock Villains
  • A People’s History? Recent Mormon and Scientology Advertising Campaigns
  • Panel: Challenges Feminists Face in Different Religious Traditions
  • Film Screening & Discussion: A Mormon President: Joseph Smith and the Mormon Quest for the White House
  • Panel: Fire in the Pasture: Twenty-first Century Mormon Poets
  • Rethinking the Ethics of Mormon Relationality Through Melanesian Ethnography
  • The Mormon Question vs the Mormon Moment in the Presidential Campaigns of Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney
  • Panel: Have We Come a Long Way? Reviewing Women and Authority on its Twentieth Anniversary
  • “I Took It To Mean”: Javen Tanner’s “Eden” and a Poetics of Desire


Saturday Plenary Session

2:30 – 4:00 pm    Film Screening of the documentary

A Mormon President: Joseph Smith and the Mormon Quest for the White House

Followed by Q&A with director ADAM CHRISTING

(Single-session tickets for the film can be bought online or at the door)

Online registration is now open: