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Welcome to the conference website for “Book of Mormon Studies: A Conference,” sponsored by The Book of Mormon Studies Association. See the Conference Details page for hotel information.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE 

 Friday, October 12

Plenary Session: Book Reviews
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Kylie Nielson Turley (Brigham Young University), Mette Harrison’s The Book of Laman

Kimberly Berkey (Loyola University), Shon Hopkin’s Abinadi

Joseph Stuart (University of Utah), Max Mueller’s Race and the Making of the Mormon People

Concurrent Sessions
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Room 1

Janiece Johnson (Maxwell Institute), “Enacting the Narrative: Early Personal Reception of the Book of Mormon”

Jeremy Talmage (University of Utah), “‘Injected [with] Some Catholic Doctrine’: The Translation of the Book of Mormon into Portuguese”

Room 2

Rosalynde Frandsen Welch (Independent Scholar), “Lehi’s Ball: Astonishment and Inscription”

Robert B. Couch (Earlham College), “On Zeezrom’s Conversion: Money and Tradition-Constituted Rationality in Ammonihah”

Concurrent Sessions
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Room 1

John Christopher Thomas (Pentecostal Theological Seminary and Bangor University), “Implied Readers, the Book of Mormon, and the Bible”

Grant Hardy (University of North Carolina, Asheville), “Reading the Book of Mormon as a Bible Commentary”

Room 2

Noel B. Reynolds (Brigham Young University), “The Covenant Concept in the Book of Mormon”

Avram R. Shannon (Brigham Young University), “Book of Mormon Priesthood from Lehi to Alma”

Concurrent Sessions
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Room 1

Joseph M. Spencer (Brigham Young University), “Mothers, Daughters, Wives, and Women: Notes on Gender in First Nephi”

Kimberly M. Berkey (Loyola University), “‘Retain All Their Oaths’: Lehitic Covenant and Secret Combinations in Alma 37”

Room 2

Barry L. Thatcher (New Mexico State University), “The Fall and LDS Social Justice, Grounded in The Book of Mormon

Rebecca A. Roesler (Brigham Young University – Idaho), “Plain and Precious Things Taken Away: The Small Plates of Nephi”

Keynote Speaker
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Elizabeth Fenton, University of Vermont
“Don’t Mind the Gap: The Lost Tribes of Israel and the Power of Absence in The Book of Mormon”

 

Saturday, October 13

Business Meeting
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Plenary Session: Interview and Discussion
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Jared Hickman (Johns Hopkins University) interviews Grant Hardy (University of North Carolina, Asheville) about the forthcoming Book of Mormon: A Study Edition

Concurrent Sessions
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Room 1

Frederik Sebastian Kleiner (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel), “A Floating Relationship: Narrative Metalepsis between Mormon and Alma”

Christopher James Blythe (Maxwell Institute), “‘Zelph of Zarahemla’: Visual Culture and the Heartland Model”

Room 2

Donald P. Bradley (Independent Scholar), “The Book of Mormon’s Function as Oral Scripture: The John the Baptist Event as a Case Study”

Jenny Webb (Independent Scholar), “And On this Wise Do I Give the Account: A Performative Approach to the Book of Ether”

Concurrent Sessions
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Room 1

Kylie Nielson Turley (Brigham Young University), “A Very Wicked and Idolatrous Man: Alma, the Unbeliever”

Nicholas J. Frederick (Brigham Young University), “The Daughter of Jared: Text, Intertext, and Context.”

Room 2

Brian C. Hales (Independent Scholar), “Opening the Black Box: Applying a Dictation Model to a Popular Naturalistic Theory of the Book of Mormon ‘Translation’”

Larry E. Morris (Independent Scholar), “John Whitmer and the ‘Pure Physicality’ of the Plates”

Plenary Session
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Room 1

Daniel O. McClellan (University of Exeter), “2 Nephi 25:23 in Linguistic and Rhetorical Context”

J. David Pulsipher (Brigham Young University – Idaho), “The Myth of Redemptive Violence: The Book of Mormon’s Subtle and Easily Overlooked Critique”

Keynote Speaker
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Adam Miller, Collin College
“How to Read the Book of Mormon (As a Theologian)”

 

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