Thirteenth Annual Mormon Studies Conference
The Expanded Canon
Perspectives on Mormonism & Sacred Texts
April 4-5, 2013
Lakeview Room, UVU Library (4th floor) - Click here for conference program (PDF)
Schedule of Events
Thursday, April 4
8:15 - 8:30 a.m. - Welcome
8:30 - 9:45 a.m.
Mormons Reading Scripture
“On the Literal Reading of Scripture”
”Reading Mormon Women Back Into the Prophetic Line”
”Waning Primacy of Printed Scripture in Mormonism:
Gutenberg to E-Scripture”
Blair Van Dyke
10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
“Past, Present and Personal:
The Councillary Character of Mormon Scripture.”
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
James Faulconer, Claudia Bushman, Blair van Dyke, and David Holland
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Break for Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Adding to the Canon: The Book of Mormon
“The Gold Plates and Devotional Reading of the Book of Mormon”
“The Book of Mormon as Post-canonical Canon”
“Restoring the Original Text of the Book of Mormon”
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Adding to the Canon: The Doctrine & Covenants
"Relishing the Revisions: The Doctrine and Covenants and the Revelatory Process"
“How long can rolling waters remain impure?” Literary Aspects of the Doctrine and Covenants
Richard Dilworth Rust
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Richard Bushman, Grant Hardy, Royal Skousen, Grant Underwood, Richard Dilworth Rust
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 5th
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. - Welcome
8:45 - 9:50 a.m.
The Role of Scripture and the
Challenge of the Pearl of Great Price
"The Scriptures and the Rise of Global Christianity"
Todd M. Johnson
"The Pearl of Great Price: Its Ascendancy and Legitimation"
“‘The Book Which Thou Shalt Write': Higher Criticism and the Book of Moses”
David Edward Bokovoy
10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
“Different Print Cultures
Spawning Different Books of Mormon”
Paul Charles Gutjahr
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Brian Hauglid, David Edward Bokovoy, and Paul Charles Gutjahr
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Global Mormonism & Global Christianity
Orem Institute of Religion
2:10 - 3:30 p.m.
An Ever-Expanding Canon:
From Patriarchal Blessings to the Proclamation on the Family
”Patriarchal Blessings in the Prophetic Development of Early Mormonism”
“Beyond the Canon: Authoritative Discourse in the Digital Age”
“The Art of Scripture and Scripture as Art: The Proclamation on the Family and the Expanding Canon”
Boyd Petersen & David Scott
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Gordon Shepherd, Brian Birch, Boyd Petersen, David Scott
Brian D. Birch is associate vice president for academic affairs and director of the Religious Studies Program at Utah Valley University. He is the founding editor of Element: The Journal of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology and Teaching Ethics. He received his Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Religion and Theology program at Claremont Graduate University and specializes in religious diversity and comparative Christian thought. His current book project is entitled Mormonism Among Christian Theologies (Oxford University Press).
Claudia Bushman has taught in the School of Religion at Claremont Graduate University and at Columbia University. She is the author of Contemporary Mormonism: Latter-day Saints in Modern America and co-author of Building the Kingdom: The Histoy of Latter-day Saints in America. She is the founding editor of Exponent II and co-editor of Mormon Women Have Their Say: Essays from the Claremont Oral History Collection (with Caroline Kline).
Richard Bushman served as the first Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University. His publications include Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism, and the essays in Believing History: Latter-day Saint Essays. He is the Gouverneur Morris Professor of History Emeritus at Columbia University and winner of the 1968 Bancroft Prize in American history for From Puritan to Yankee: Character and Social Order in Connecticut.
Paul Charles Gutjahr is a professor in the English Department at Indiana University, Bloomington and teaches for the Department of Religious Studies and the Department of American Studies. He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa and is the author of The ‘Book of Mormon’: A Biography and An American Bible: A History of the Good Book in the United States, 1777-1880.
Grant Hardy is professor of history and religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He has a B.A. in Ancient Greek from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. from Yale in Chinese Language and Literature. He is the author or editor of six books on Chinese history, ancient historiography, and the Book of Mormon, including The Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Edition (University of Illinois Press, 2003) and Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide (Oxford University Press, 2010). His 36-lecture DVD/CD course “ Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition” was produced by the Teaching Company, and he is currently working on a second course, titled “Sacred Texts of the World.”
James Faulconer is a Richard L. Evans Professor of Religious Understanding and a professor of philosophy at Brigham Young University. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Pennsylvania State University. He has published Appropriating Heidegger; Transcendence in Philosophy and Religion; Faith, Philosophy, Scripture; The Life of Holiness: Romans 1, 5-8; and The Doctrine and Covenants Made Harder, and he was the founding editor of Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy. Faulconer writes a weekly column, “Speaking Silence,” for the on-line religion library, Patheos.
Brian M. Hauglid is an associate professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University. He is also the editor of the Maxwell Institute periodical Studies in the Bible and Antiquity. He has authored articles related to Islam, temple studies, the New Testament, and the Book of Abraham. His most recent book is A Textual History of the Book of Abraham: Manuscripts and Editions.
David Holland is associate professor of history at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. His first book, Sacred Borders: Continuing Revelation and Canonical Restraint in Early America, was published in 2011 by Oxford University Press. His writing has appeared in such journals as the L aw and History Review, Gender and History, and the New England Quarterly. In 2011 he was named Nevada Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. He currently serves as an LDS bishop in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he lives with his wife, Jeanne, and their four children.
Todd M. Johnson is Associate Professor of Global Christianity and Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Johnson is visiting Research Fellow at Boston University’s Institute for Culture, Religion and World Affairs leading a research project on international religious demography. He is co-editor of the Atlas of Global Christianity (Edinburgh University Press) and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed.) and World Christian Trends (William Carey Library). He is editor of the World Christian Database (Brill) and co-editor of the World Religion Database (Brill).
Boyd Petersen is the program coordinator for Mormon Studies at Utah Valley University and author of Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life, winner of the Best Biography Award for the Mormon History Association. He is the book review editor for the Journal of Mormon History and the past president of the Association for Mormon Letters. His most recent work was entitled “‘One Soul Shall Not Be Lost’: The War in Heaven in Mormon Thought” which was published in the Journal of Mormon History and his book Dead Wood and Rushing Water: Essays on Mormon Faith, Politics, and Family will be published this year.
Richard Dilworth Rust is an emeritus Professor of English (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). He has published essays on Mormon studies in The Ensign, The New Era, The Encyclopedia of Mormonism, BYU Studies, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, FARMS Review of Books, Book of Mormon Reference Companion, and Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture, and a book entitled Feasting on the Word: The Literary Testimony of the Book of Mormon.
Gordon Shepherd is professor of sociology at the University of Central Arkansas. Along with his brother, Gary Shepherd, he is the co-author of A Kingdom Transformed: Themes in the Development of Mormonism (University of Utah Press, 1984), Mormon Passage: a Missionary Chronicle (University of Illinois Press, 1998), Talking with the Children of God: Prophecy and Transformation in a Radical Religious Group (University of Illinois Press, 2010), and Binding Earth and Heaven: Patriarchal Blessings in the Prophetic Development of Early Mormonism (Penn State University Press, 2012).
David W. Scott is assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Utah Valley University specializing in religion and media. He is co-author of "Religious Community on the Internet: An Analysis of Mormon Websites” and of “Constructing Sacred History: Multi-media Narratives and the Discourse of ‘Museumness’ at Mormon Temple Square,” both in the Journal of Media and Religion.
Royal Skousen is Professor of Linguistics and English Language at Brigham Young University where he has been the editor of the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project since 1988. In 2001, he published the first two volumes of the project, namely, typographical facsimiles for the original and printer’s manuscripts of the Book of Mormon. From 2004 though 2009, he published the six books that make up volume 4 of the critical text Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon. This work represents the central task of the Critical Text Project, to restore by scholarly means that original text of the Book of Mormon, to the extent possible. In 2009, using the results of volume 4, Skousen published with Yale University Press the culmination of his critical text work, The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text.
Grant Underwood is professor of history at Brigham Young University and author of The Millenarian World of Early Mormonism and Voyages of Faith: Explorations in Mormon Pacific History. Prior to his current appointment, he served as a research historian in the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History at Brigham Young University. He is the founding co-chair of Mormon Studies Group in the American Academy of Religion and is currently working on Mormonism Among Christian Theologies for Oxford University Press.
Blair Van Dyke coordinates Interfaith Engagement and Mormon Studies at the Orem Institute of Religion and also is an adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy at Utah Valley University. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Religious Studies Program and Mormon Studies Programs at UVU. He has published articles in domestic and international journals and is the co-author of a book on Mormonism in the Middle East. Many of his publications treat religious, cultural, historical, and literary intersections of ancient and modern scripture on Mormon society.
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