Conference Details

Book of Mormon Studies: Toward a Conversation

 October 12–13, 2018

Inn and Conference Center, Utah State University

 

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (Preliminary Program)

 Friday, October 12

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

James Goldberg (Joseph Smith Papers Project), 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

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

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”

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

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, Ashville), “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, Ashville) 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”

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

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”

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

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

Room 1

Kylie Nielson Turley (Brigham Young Unviersity), “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

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

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

Keynote Speaker
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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