Schedule of Events Wednesday, March 28th in SC 213a
12:00-1:00 p.m. ~ Author Readings (sponsored by the UVU English Department) Joanna Brooks will read from her new memoir The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith, which reveals what it’s like to grow up in a world where angels stand at our bedsides
and ancestors know our names, where Coca-Cola is forbidden fruit and Marie Osmond
is a style icon. This is a story about leaving behind the innocence of childhood belief
and embracing the complications and heartbreaks that come to every adult life of faith.
Jana Riess will also read from her recently-released memoir Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still
Loving My Neighbor, in which Riess recounts her year of attempting twelve different spiritual practices
in a quest to become more saintly. Although Riess begins with great plans for success,
she finds to her growing humiliation that she is failing--not just at some of the
practices, but at every single one. What emerges is a funny yet vulnerable story of
the quest for spiritual perfection and the reality of spiritual failure, which turns
out to be a valuable practice in and of itself.
Thursday, March 29th in Library Auditorium 8:30-8:45 a.m. ~ Welcome8:45-9:45 a.m. ~ Mormon Studies and the Internet
James Faulconer, "Professing on the Internet: What’s a Guy to Do?"
Ardis E. Parshall, "Blazing a New Trail: Doing History in the Age of the Internet"
Patrick Mason, "Mormon Blogs, Mormon Studies, and the Mormon Mind"
10:00-11:00 a.m. ~ Keynote AddressJoanna Brooks, “The Challenge of Mormon Studies for the Digital Age"11:10-12:00 p.m. ~ Panel DiscussionJames Faulconer, Ardis E. Parshall, Patrick Mason, and Joanna Brooks
12:00-1:00 p.m. ~ Break for Lunch1:00-2:15 p.m. ~ Journeys of Faith on the Internet
John Dehlin, "Why Mormons Leave, and How the Internet is Helping"
Scott Gordon, "Fostering Faith and Countering Criticism: The Role of Apologetics in
in the Information Age"
Rosemary Avance, "Seeing the Light: Mormon Conversion and Deconversion Narratives
in On- and Offline Worlds"
2:30-3:45 p.m. ~ Panel Discussion
John Dehlin, Scott Gordon, and Rosemary Avance
5:30-6:45 p.m. ~ Reception for participants and invited guests
7:00-9:00 p.m. ~ Eugene England Memorial Lecture
Patrick Mason, "'Blessed Are All the Peacemakers': Toward a Mormon Theology and Ethic
of Peace" Friday, March 30th in Library Auditorium8:30-9:00 a.m. ~ Welcome 9:00-9:50 a.m. ~ Digital Religion and the Public Face of the Church
Buddy Blankenfeld and Lyman Kirkland, "Join the Conversation: Engaging the Media and
Public through LDS Newsroom"
Greg Droubay,Who Are These People?: The Story of the ‘I’m a Mormon’ Campaign
10:00-10:50 a.m. ~ KeynoteAlan Cooperman, "Insights from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life’s Survey of
Mormons in America" 11:00-11:50 a.m. ~ From Blogosphere to Bloggernacle
Jana Riess, "One Voice in the Mormon Bloggernacle Choir: A Personal Journey"
Kristine Haglund, "Homemaking as Performance Art in a Gendered Babylon"
12:00-1:00 p.m. ~ Break for Lunch
1:00-1:50 p.m. ~ Avatars and Second Life: Mormon Identity and the Internet
David Charles, "Digital Religion, Convergence, and Pluralism"
Gideon Burton, "Evolving Mormon Identity in the Digital Age"
David Scott, "Seeing is Believing: The Virtual Construction of Mormon Identity and
Belief in Second Life"
2:00-3:00 p.m. ~ Panel Discussion Jana Riess, Kristine Haglund, David Charles, Gideon Burton, David Scott For more information, contact Boyd Petersen at firstname.lastname@example.org