Mormon Studies at Utah Valley University is an interdisciplinary program designed to support academic engagement with a rich, dynamic, and increasingly influential religious tradition. Courses, conferences, lectures, and other events seek to cultivate an atmosphere of inclusiveness and productive dialogue on a range of issues. Our aim is to create opportunities for deeper understanding and cultural literacy in one of the natural educational resources of our region.
Anthropology of Mormonism
Department of Behavioral Science
Mormon Cultural Studies
Department of Communication
Department of English and Literature
Mormon Theology and the Christian Tradition
Department of Philosophy and Humanities
Mormon Studies Conference click here for more information
Eugene England Lecture Series click here for more information
Fifteenth Annual Mormon Studies Conference
Mormons and Catholics
From Margins to the Mainstream
In nineteenth-century America, Catholics and Mormons were beleaguered and besieged minorities. Both were attacked as enemies of morality, culture, and democracy. Fueled by sensationalistic publications, both suffered prejudice, cruelty, and violence. Since this time, both traditions have gained influence and respectability in American public life. During the 2012 presidential election, Mormon Mitt Romney chose Catholic Paul Ryan as his running mate. This was the first time in American history that a major party ticket was without a Protestant. Historical difficulties notwithstanding, Latter-day Saints and Catholics have worked together in recent years on humanitarian and immigration reform, religious freedom, and in opposition to same-sex marriage. This conference will explore the history of Mormon-Catholic relations, investigate theological distinctions, and explore the future of these traditions in the twenty-first century.
Fourteenth Annual Mormon Studies Conference
Mormonism and the Asian Traditions
This conference explored the connections between Mormonism and the Buddhist family of traditions. Participants included scholars and practitioners from a range of disciplines and perspectives in this growing area of interest among Mormon Studies scholars. Presenters included Salt Lake Buddhist Temple minister Jerry K. Hirano, Managing Director of the LDS Church History Department Reid Neilson, former LDS Young Women General Board member Elizabeth Ann Takasaki, philosopher Adam Miller, author of Letters to a Young Mormon, and Wayne Hanewicz, Director of Integrated Studies, Utah Valley University.
Thirteenth Annual Eugene England Lecture
"Black and White, Young and Gray" A Dialogical Exploration of Race in Mormonism
Thirteenth Annual Mormon Studies Conference
The Expanded Canon
Perspectives on Mormonism & Sacred Texts
This conference explored the wealth of new scholarship on the sacred texts of Mormonism. The growth of Mormon Studies has initiated a variety of publications that explore the LDS canon in historical and comparative contexts. Examples include Grant Hardy, Understanding the Book of Mormon (Oxford University Press, 2010), David Holland, Sacred Borders: Continuing Revelation and Canonical Restraint in Early America (Oxford University Press, 2011), Terryl Givens, By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture than Launched a New American Religion (Oxford University Press, 2003), Royal Skousen, The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text (Yale University Press, 2009)
New York Times Lecture and Panel
Perspectives on the Mormon Moment
Twelfth Annual Mormon Studies Conference
"Mormons and the Internet" click here for more information
Twelfth Annual Eugene England Lecture
"'Blessed Are All the Peacemakers': Toward a Mormon Theology and Ethic of Peace"
Eleventh Annual Mormon Studies Conference
"Mormonism and Islam"click here for more information
Tenth Annual Eugene England Lecture
"To Mend a Fractured Reality: Joseph Smith's Project"
Ninth Annual Eugene England Lecture
"The Story Lives Here: Faith, History, and Instructional Mormon Media"
Annual Meeting of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology
The Mormon Women's Literary Tour
Panel Discussion: Helen Whitney's "The Mormons" - Perspectives and Analysis on Religion and Film
Tenth Annual Mormon Studies Conference
"Outmigration and the Mormon Quest for Education"
"Perspectives on a Massacre: A Panel Discussion of Mountain Meadows"
Ninth Annual Mormon Studies Conference
"Mormonism in the Public Mind"
Eighth Annual Eugene England Lecture
"The Prehistory of the Soul"