Mormonism and Whiteness

Mormonism and the
Challenges of Whiteness

Virtual Speaker Series

Fall, 2020  &  Spring, 2021

The Center for the Study of Ethics and the Department of English & Literature are pleased to present a Virtual Speaker Series entitled “Mormonism and the Challenges of Whiteness." This year-long series features cutting-edge scholarship on Mormonism's engagement with race and its connection to the evolution of whiteness in the United States. Scholars and activists will engage these issues through a variety of academic disciplines including History, Religious Studies, Literary Criticism, and Sociology. 

All events will be hosted online and are free and open to the public.

Speakers & Schedule

"Barbarism, Heresy, and Depravity"
Imperial Secularism and the Mormon Dilemma

Peter Coviello
Professor of English, University of Illinois at Chicago
author of Make Yourselves Gods: Mormons and the Unfinished Business of American Secularism
(University of Chicago Press, 2020)

Thursday, October 1st
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. 


“A Law Written in the Heart of our Race”

Polygamy and the Degeneration of Whiteness

W. Paul Reeve
Simmons Professor of Mormon Studies, University of Utah
author of Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness
(Oxford University Press, 2015)

Tuesday, December 1st  | 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

session video

LaShawn Williams
Assistant Professor of Social Work, Utah Valley University
Co-Founder, Black LDS Legacy Committee, author at Rational Faiths
Monday, March 1st | more information forthcoming

Joanna Brooks
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University
author of Mormonism and White Supremacy: American Religion and the Problem of Racial Innocence
(Oxford University Press, 2020)
Thursday, April 1st  | more information forthcoming

For more information, contact Lydia Kerr at