Conference Details

Book of Mormon Studies: Toward a Conversation

 October 13–14, 2017

Inn and Conference Center, Utah State University

 

Conference Schedule

 Friday, October 13

 

Session 1 (ECC 201) – 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Book reviews:

Jenny Webb, reviewing John Christopher Thomas, A Pentecostal Reads “The Book of Mormon”

John Christopher Thomas, reviewing Joseph M. Spencer, The Vision of All: Twenty-five Lectures on Isaiah in Nephi’s Record

Kristian Heal, reviewing Nicholas J. Frederick, The Bible, Mormon Scripture, and the Rhetoric of Allusivity

 

Break – 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

 

Session 2 (ECC 201) – 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

10:45-11:30 – Kimberly M. Berkey, Loyola University Chicago – “Specular Logics in the Book of Helaman”

11:30-12:15 – D. Morgan Davis, Neal A. Maxwell Institute – “The Word and the Prophets”

 

Lunch – 12:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Session 3 – 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

2:00-2:45 Concurrent Sessions:

Jeremy B. Talmage, University of Utah – “Black, White, and Red All Over: Race and the Book of Mormon” (ECC 201)

Frederik Sebastian Kleiner, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel – “‘They Took Courage’: The War Chapters and Rasa Aesthetics” (ECC 205)

 

2:45-3:30 Concurrent Sessions

Sharon J. Harris, Fordham University – “Weapons of Peace: Kenosis and the Anti-Nephi-Lehies” (ECC 201)

Daniel N. Gullotta, Stanford University – “Concocting, Crafting, and Conjuring the Gold Plates: An Evaluation of Secular Approaches to the Book of Mormon’s Discovery” (ECC 205)

 

Break – 3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

 

Session 4 (ECC 201) – 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

3:45-4:30 – Janiece Johnson, Neal A. Maxwell Institute – “A People of the Books? Towards an Understanding of early Mormon Converts and the Book of Mormon”

4:30-5:15 – Nicholas J. Frederick, Brigham Young University – “The Lamb of God in the New Testament and the Book of Mormon”

 

Dinner – 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

Keynote (ECC 216) – 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

John G. Turner, George Mason University – “‘Ridiculous Compositions’: Christian Allegations of Plagiarism and Fraud against the Qur’an and the Book of Mormon”

 

Saturday

Organizing Meeting (ECC 201) – 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

 

Break – 10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

 

Session 1 (ECC 201) – 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

10:45-11:30 – Joseph M. Spencer, Brigham Young University – “Toward a Methodology for the Theological Interpretation of the Book of Mormon”

11:30-12:15 – Christopher J. Blythe, Joseph Smith Papers – “The Book of Mormon and Constructing Place in the American West”

 

Lunch – 12:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Session 2 (ECC 201) – 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

2:00-2:45 – Benjamin E. Park, Sam Houston State University – “The Politics of Clerical Influence: The Book of Mormon and early America’s Disestablishment”

2:45-3:30 – Kylie Nielson Turley, Brigham Young University – “Alma’s Hell: Repentance, Consequence, and the Lake of Fire and Brimstone”

 

Break – 3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

 

Session 3 (ECC 201) – 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

3:45-4:30 – Michael Hubbard MacKay, Brigham Young University – “Toward a Materialist Theory and Approach to the Book of Mormon”

4:30-5:15 – Robert B. Couch, Earlham College – “Weakness of Will in Alma’s Counsel to Corianton”

 

Dinner – 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

Keynote (ECC 216) – 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Jared Hickman, Johns Hopkins University – “The Romance of the Book of Mormon”