Mormon Studies

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

Mormon Literature
Department of English and Literature

Mormon Theology and the Christian Tradition
Department of Philosophy and Humanities

Annual Events

Mormon Studies Conferenceclick here for more information

Eugene England Lecture Seriesclick here for more information

Spring, 2013 Events

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

  • Matthew S. Holland, Utah Valley University
  • Peggy Fletcher-Stack, Salt Lake Tribune
  • Kristine Haglund, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought
  • Russell Arben Fox, Friends University
  • Brian D. Birch, Utah Valley University ( moderator)

Spring, 2012 Events

Twelfth Annual Mormon Studies Conference
"Mormons and the Internet"  click here for more information

2012 Eugene England Memorial Lecture
"'Blessed Are All the Peacemakers':  Toward a Mormon Theology and Ethic of Peace"

  • Patrick Mason
  • Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies
  • Claremont Graduate University

Spring, 2011 Events

Eleventh Annual Mormon Studies Conference
"Mormonism and Islam"click here for more information

  • March 10-11, 2011

Tenth Annual Eugene England Lecture
"To Mend a Fractured Reality: Joseph Smith's Project"

  • Philip L. Barlow
  • Leonard Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture
  • Utah State University
  • Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring 2010 Events

Ninth Annual Eugene England Lecture
"The Story Lives Here: Faith, History, and Instructional Mormon Media"

  • Colleen McDannell
  • Sterling M. McMurrin Chair of Religious Studies
  • University of Utah
  • Thursday, April 15th, 2010

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

  • February 11, 2010
  • Helen Whitney, director, The Mormons
  • Charles Randall Paul, President, Foundation for Religious Diplomacy
  • Daniel Petersen, Professor of Islamic Studies, Brigham Young University
  • Alex Caldiero, Poet in Residence, Utah Valley University
  • Colleen McDannell, Sterling McMurrin Chair of Religious Studies, University of Utah
  • David Scott, Associate Professor of Communication, Utah Valley University

2009-2010 Events

Tenth Annual Mormon Studies Conference
"Outmigration and the Mormon Quest for Education"

  • November 5-6, 2009

"Perspectives on a Massacre: A Panel Discussion of Mountain Meadows"

  • March 5, 2009
  • Forrest Cuch, Executive Director, Utah Division of Indian Affairs
  • Richard Turley, Assistant Church Historian, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and author of Massacre at Mountain Meadows
  • WIll Bagley, independent scholar and author of Blood of the Prophets
  • Alex Caldiero, Poet in Residence, Utah Valley University

Ninth Annual Mormon Studies Conference
"Mormonism in the Public Mind"

  • April 2-3, 2009

Eighth Annual Eugene England Lecture
"The Prehistory of the Soul"

  • April 2, 2009
  • Terryl L. Givens
  • Bostwick Professor of English and Religious Studies
  • University of Richmond