Boston-area lecture: “The Faces of Eve: Varieties of Mormon Feminism”

By October 22, 2012

We thought that some of the New England branch of the JI community might be interested in this upcoming event at Brandeis University:

“The Faces of Eve: Varieties of Mormon Feminism”

A lecture by Janet Bennion, author of Polygamy in Primetime

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 7:00 to 9:00pm

Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Epstein Building, Brandeis University
515 South Street, Waltham MA 02454

Media portrayals of Mormon women have focused on the potential for oppression and abuse within both the mainline church and fundamentalists sects. Drawing on her 17 years of fieldwork among fundamentalist polygamous Mormons, Janet Bennion argues that some “sister wives” find fulfillment and even empowerment through their domestic arrangements. In this lecture, she will be joined by historian Laurel Ulrich to look beyond the official patriarchy and find the subtle feminisms Mormon women embody.

Janet Bennion is a professor of social sciences at Lyndon State College in Vermont. Her latest book, “Polygamy in Primetime: Media, Gender, and Politics in Mormon Fundamentalism”, was published in 2012 by the Brandeis Series on Gender, Culture, Religion, and Law, a collaboration between the HBI and the University Press of New England.

Free and open to the public.

Parking in Epstein Lot.

RSVP encouraged:

Article filed under Announcements and Events Categories of Periodization: Modern Mormonism Current Events Gender Women's History


  1. Thanks for announcing this, Crissy. This looks great. Hopefully at least one of our New England-based bloggers will be able to attend and provide a short write-up afterward.

    Comment by Christopher — October 22, 2012 @ 7:40 am

  2. So sad I missed this. I would love to hear a synopsis/discussion of the lecture from anyone that was able to attend.

    Comment by AWarnick — October 29, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

  3. @AWarnick: It just went up. I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get it done!

    Comment by Cristine — November 3, 2012 @ 3:39 pm


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