March 29th - 31st, 2017 Classroom Building, Room 511 Utah Valley University
Like the early Christians, Mormons are admonished to “go into all the world to preach
the gospel.” This requires the American-born religion to “translate” its faith and
practices into many different cultural contexts. This has led to debates about how
to distinguish between core doctrines and rituals and the particularities of Utah-based
Mormon culture. How does a religious body promote cohesion and unity while at the same time allowing
for inclusivity and diversity? To what extent is it possible for multiple cultures
to work authentically in a single religious community? Can these identities thrive
within a common “gospel culture” and maintain their unique languages and customs?
To what extent are they vulnerable to cultural assimilation and alienation?
This conference will explore multicultural and intercultural interactions within Mormonism,
focusing on issues surrounding ethnicity, race, and class; and with an eye toward
the future of Mormonism as a global religion.
Armando Solorzano Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies & Family and Consumer Studies University of Utah Author of We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe, Recuerdo, Celebración, Y Esperanza: Latinos
Ignacio Garcia Lemuel Hardison Redd, Jr. Professor of Western & Latino History Brigham Young University Author of Chicano While Mormon: Activism, War, and Keeping the Faith
Gina Colvin School of Education Studies & Leadership, University of Canterbury, New Zealand Host of 'A Thoughtful Faith' podcast Author of KiwiMormon blog
Moroni Benally Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Relations, Diné College
Agustín "Tino" Diaz Program Director, Educational Opportunity Center, Utah Valley University
Matthew Garrett Professor of History, Bakersfield College Author of Making Lamanites: Mormons, Native Americans, and the Indian Student Placement Program
Anapesi Ka'ili Director and Principal, Mana Academy, UT Specializes in Pacific Island history, native languages and cultural identities
Daniel Hernandez PhD Candidate in Anthropology, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Paul Reeve Professor of History, University of Utah Author of Religion of a Different Color: Race & the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness
Janan Graham-Russell Writer and Womanist scholar Contributor to The Atlantic, Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings, and A Book of Mormons.
Darron Smith Department of Sociology, University of Memphis Author of When Race Religion & Sports Collide: Black Athletes at BYU and Beyond
Moana Uluave Hafoka Community Liaison, Salt Lake City Mayor's Office Gates Millennium Scholar
Co-Sponsors & Partners
Religious Studies Program, Utah Valley University
College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Utah Valley University