Mormon Studies Conference: "Community, Authority, and Identity"


4:00    Welcome and Introduction
Tammi J. Schneider—Claremont Graduate University

4:10-5:30    Mormon Authority and Tradition(s)
Robert Couch—Willamette University
    Scripture and Authority in the Mormon Tradition
Shelby Hamm—Claremont Graduate University
    Conflicting Perceptions of Priesthood & Its Powers
Thomas G. Evans—Claremont Graduate University
Priesthood, Prophecy, and the Failure of “The Word of the Lord”

Keynote Address — 7:30 p.m.
J. Spencer Fluhman—Brigham Young University
Secrets and the Making of American Mormonism

9:00-10:20    Mormon Identity in a Digital Age
Hillary Kirkham—Claremont Graduate University
Rebranding Mormonism: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ “I’m a Mormon” Campaign and the Reclamation of Mormon Identity
Saskia Tielens—Technische Universität Dortmund
Breaking the Mold: The Construction of Identity and Authority in an Online Christian Context
Rosemary Avance—University of Pennsylvania
    Shifting Mormon Identity and the Internet

10:30-11:30    Community and Contested Reception
Samuel Alonzo Dodge—Lehigh University
God’s Wisdom or Man’s: Mormon Identity and Competing Interpretations of the Word of Wisdom Revelation
Steven C. Harper—LDS Church History Department
Identity, Community, and the Contest for Joseph Smith’s First Vision

11:45-12:45    Community and Ritual in the 19th Century
Justin Bray—University of Utah
“That We May Be One”: The Lord’s Supper and Community Worship, 1850-1900
Kristine Wright—Independent Scholar
“How discouraging to be sick so much”: Chronicity, Ritual Failure and Mormon Identity

1:00    Lunch provided for all attendees

2:00-3:20    History as Identity
Benjamin E. Park—University of Missouri
The Gendered Politics of Mormon Identity: Two Nineteenth Century Examples
Rachel Hunt Steenblik—Claremont Graduate University
Mormon Women Write: Reclaiming the Words of Those who have Slumbered in the Dust
J.B. Haws—Brigham Young University
A Mentor and a Mentality: Shaping a Generation of Mormon Historians

Albrecht Auditorium, Stauffer Hall, 925 N. Dartm Claremont