Mormon Studies

Mormon Studies at Utah Valley University is an interdisciplinary program designed to support the academic study of Latter-day Saint history, literature, theology, and culture. Our program offers courses, lectures, conferences, workshops, and other activities with special attention to comparative studies, interreligious understanding, and the cross-cultural dimensions of Mormonism.


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 Conference  click here for more information

Eugene England Lecture Series  click here for more information

Spring, 2015 Events

Fourteenth Annual Eugene England Lecture

Reimagining Restoration
Why Liberalism is the Ultimate Flowering of Mormonism

Robert A. Rees
Graduate Theological Union, University of California at Berkeley

rsday, March 26th
7:00 p.m.
Library Lecture Hall, LI120

Fifteenth Annual Mormon Studies Conference

Mormons and Catholics

From Margins to the Mainstream  click here for program

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.

Spring, 2014 Events

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

  • Darius Grey
  • Margaret Blair Young

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)


Twelfth Annual Eugene England Lecture
"The Paradoxes of Religious Peace and Conflict'"

  • Margaret Toscano
  • Associate Professor of Classics, University of Utah
  • University of Utah

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

Eleventh Annual Eugene England 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