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Schedule of Events


Monday, April 11th
 
UVU Classroom Building, Room 101  
   
7:00 p.m.  
All Mormons Now? 
The Religious Liberty Debate's 19th Century Future
 
Ross Douthat
Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times
former Senior Editor, The Atlantic
 
   

 
Tuesday, April 12th   
UVU Library Lecture Hall (LI-120)  
   
8:30 - 9:45 a.m.   
The Question of Mormon Identity   
   
Latter-day Saints in ‘Zion’ and ‘Babylon’
Mormon Identities in Majority and Minority Environs
 
Richard Phillips
Associate Professor of Sociology & Religious Studies
University of North Florida

 
   
That Slippery and Shifting Boundary
between Mormon and Non-Mormon
 
David Knowlton
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Utah Valley University 
 
   
10:00 - 11:15 a.m.  
Keynote Address  
   
Understanding Church Boundaries
How Big is the Tent?
 
Michael Otterson  
Managing Director of Public Affairs  
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  
   
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.   
Lunch  
   
1:00 - 2:15 p.m.  
Seeking the Promised Land: 
Mormons & American Politics
 
Classroom Building, Room 101   
   
David Campbell
Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy
University of Notre Dame
 
   
Quin Monson
Associate Professor of Political Science 
Brigham Young University
 
   
Naomi Riley
Columnist, New York Post
former editor, Wall Street Journal 
 
   
sponsored in partnership with the Center for Constitutional Studies  
click here for their Religious Freedom Symposium program   
   
2:30 - 3:45 p.m.   
Situating Polygamy  
   
"Reclaiming the Faith: Fundamentalism and a Broader Mormon Identity  
Lindsay Hansen Park, Assistant Director  
Sunstone Foundation  
   
"Progressive Polygamy: Feminism's Strangest Bedfellow"  
Brady Williams, Cast Memeber, My Five Wives  
The Learning Channel  
   
"Beyond the Boundaries of Forced Doctrine: Polygamy as Conscious Choice  
Jennifer Huss Basquiat, Associate Professor of Sociology  
College of Southern Nevada  
   
4:00 - 5:30  
Gender, Authority, & Identity  
   
To Excommunicate or Not To Excommunicate
Evidence from the Mormon Gender Issues Survey
 
Ryan Cragun  
Associate Professor of Sociology
University of Tampa
 
   
LDS Women and the Anatomy of Belonging  
Neylan McBaine
Contributor, Patheos
Author, Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women's Local Impact
 
   
When Feminists Excommunicate  
Mette Ivie Harrison
Contributor, Huffington Post 
Author of The Bishop's Wife 
 
   
Shifting Boundaries: What Have We Learned?  
Maxine Hanks
Independent Scholar
editor of Women & Authority
 
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

   
 
 
Wednesday, April 13th   
UVU Library Lecture Hall (LI-120)  
   
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  
The Public Life of Mormonism  
   
Mainstream Enough?
Navigating Recent Currents in American
Public Perception of Mormons
 
J.B. Haws  
Assistant Professor of Church History & Doctrine  
Brigham Young University   
   
Respondents  
Quin Monson
Associate Professor of Political Science
Brigham Young University
 
   
David W. Scott, Professor of Communication  
Utah Valley University  
   
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.   
Keynote Address   
   
Mormon Millennials  and the Future of the Faith
Assimilation or Retrenchment?
 
Jana Riess   
Senior Columnist, Religion News Service  
former Book Review Editor, Publisher's Weekly  
   
11:00 - 12:00 a.m.  
Secrecy & Boundaries  
   
Secrets and the Making of American Mormon Moments  
J. Spencer Fluhman   
Associate Professor of History  
Brigham Young University  
   
Good Secrets Make Good Boundaries
Mormon Divisions of the Social and the Cosmic
 
Bradley Kramer   
Instructor, Anthropology Program  
Utah Valley University   
   
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.   
Lunch   
   
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.   
Parliament of the World's Religions  
   
Feminist or Apologist?
Emily S. Richards, Mormon Women and the
Politics of Female Representation at the 1893
World's Parliament of Religions
 
Andrea Radke Moss  
Associate Professor of History  
Brigham Young University - Idaho   
   
Defining Christian Orthodoxy at the 1893   
Chicago Parliament of Religions  
Reid Neilson   
Managing Director, Church History Department   
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints   
   
 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.   
 Mormon Identity & Interreligious Dialogue   
   
On Building Good Fences
Mormon Engagement with Religious Diversity
 
Brian D. Birch  
Director, Religious Studies Program   
Utah Valley University   
   
Mormonism & The Problem of Heterodoxy
 
R. Dennis Potter  
Associate Professor of Philosophy  
Utah Valley University  
   
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.  
Homosexuality & the Limits of Inclusion  
   
Roni Jo Draper, Professor of Education  
Brigham Young University  
   
D. Christian Harrison, Leadership Team  
Affirmation International  
   
   
the conference is free and open to the public  
click here for a pdf version of the program  
   
for more information, contact
Boyd Petersen at boyd.petersen@uvu.edu or
Brian Birch at brian.birch@uvu.edu