Eugene England Lecture Series

In honor of our beloved colleague, the Eugene England Lecture Series was created to invite prominent scholars in Mormon Studies to deliver annual lectures on issues of contemporary relevance in LDS culture, history, and thought.

2014 Eugene England Memorial Lecture:
"Black and White, Young and Gray" A Dialogical Exploration of Race in Mormonism (Young & Gray)

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 | 7:00 PM | UVU Library Lecture Hall

Thirty-six years have passed since the priesthood restriction for males of African descent in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As we move into a new era of inclusion among Mormons, the LDS priesthood restriction remains consequential, and continues to affect Mormons of all complexions. Though the LDS statement of December 6, 2013 is significant, its power to effect change remains with the membership. Darius Gray will speak about the restriction and its implications.  Margaret Blair Young will speak about moving forward to healing as individuals and as a church.

Previous Lectures

  • Margaret Toscano, Associate Professor of Classics, University of Utah, (2013)

  • Patrick Mason, Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies, Claremont Graduate University, (2012)

  • Philip Barlow, Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University, (2011)

  • Colleen McDannell, Sterling M. McMurrin Chair of Religious Studies, University of Utah, (2010)

  • Terryl L. Givens, Bostwick Professor of English, University of Richmond, (2009)

  • Douglas Thayer, Department of English, Brigham Young University, (2008)

  • Claudia L. Bushman, School of Religion, Claremont Graduate University, (2007)

  • David L. Paulsen, Professor of Philosophy, Brigham Young University, (2006)

  • D. Michael Quinn, Indepedent Scholar, Beinecke Senior Fellow, Yale University (2002-3), (2005)

  • Richard N. Holzapfel, Professor of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University, (2004)

  • Elder Marion D. Hanks, General Authority Emeritus, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (2002)

  • Laurel Thatcher-Ulrich, University Professor of History, Harvard University, (2001)

  • Terryl L. Givens, James A. Bostwick Chair of English, University of Richmond, (2001)

  • Jan Shipps, Professor of Religious Studies Emeritus, Indiana University Purdue Univsersity, Indianapolis, (2001)

  • Janet Bennion, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Lyndon State College (Vermont), (2001)

  • Armand L. Mauss, Professor of Sociology Emeritus, Washington State University, (2000)

  • Michael Austin, Associate Professor of English, Shepherd University (West Virginia), (2000)