Mormon Studies Conference at UVU: March 29-31, 2017

By March 17, 2017

Eighteenth Annual UVU Mormon Studies Conference

Multicultural Mormonism

Religious Cohesion in a New Era of Diversity


Schedule of Events

Wednesday, March 29th  
UVU Classroom Building Fifth Floor (CB-511)  
7:00 p.m.  
Keynote address  
“Latinos in Utah:Theology, Ethnicity, and Religion”  
Armando Solorzano
Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies & Family and Consumer Studies,
University of Utah
Author of We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe, Recuerdo, Celbracion, Y Esperanza: Latinos in Utah 


Thursday, March 30th   
Classroom Building Fifth Floor (CB-511)  
8:30 – 8:45 a.m.   
8:45 – 9:45 a.m.   
“Decolonizing the Blossoming: Indigenous People’s Faith in a Colonizing Church”  
Moroni Benally  
Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Relations, Diné College  
Former Executive Director for the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources  
“Don’t You Know You Can’t Go Home Again?:
Shifting Contexts and Competing Authenticity among Indians and Mormons”
Matthew Garrett  
Professor of History, Bakersfield College
Author of Making Lamanites: Mormons, Native Americans, and the Indian Student Placement Program 1947-2000 

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Keynote Address  
“There’s No Such Thing as ‘A’ Gospel Culture”  
Gina Colvin  
School of Educational Studies & Leadership, University of Canterbury, New Zealand  
Host of A Thoughtful Faith podcast; author of KiwiMormon blog  
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   
Panel Discussion  
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.   
1:00 – 2:15 p.m.  
The Black 14 film screening  
2:00 – 2:50 p.m.  
“Finishing the Business of Civil Rights: Black Athletes in the Age of Social Unrest”  
Darron Smith  
Assistant Professor of Public Health Services, Wichita State University
Co-editor of Black and Mormon and White Parents, Black Children
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  
Panel Discussion  
Friday, March 31st  
UVU Classroom Building Fifth Floor (CB-511)  
9:00 – 9:50 a.m.  
“A Balm In Gilead:
Reconciling Black Bodies within a Mormon Imagination
Janan Graham-Russell  
Writer and Womanist scholar; contributor to The Atlantic and Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings, and A Book of Mormons  
“Mormons, Immigration, and Whitness”  
Paul Reeve  
Professor of History, University of Utah
Author of Religion of a Different Color: Race & the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness
10:00 – 10:50 a.m.   
Keynote Address   
“Thoughts on Latinos, the Mormon Afterlife & the Need for a New Historical Paradigm”  
Ignacio Garcia  
Lemuel Hardison Redd, Jr. Professor of Western & Latino History,
Brigham Young University
Author of Chicano While Mormon: Activism, War, and Keeping the Faith 
11:00 – 12:00 a.m.  
Panel Discussion  
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  
1:00 – 1:50 p.m.  
“To Be Young, Mormon, and Tongan”  
Anapesi Ka’ili  
Instructor, Department of Education Culture and Society, University of Utah  
Specializes in Pacific Island history, native languages and cultural identities.  
Moana Ulave Hafoka   
Community Liaison, Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office  
Gates Millennium Scholar  
2:00 – 2:50 p.m.  
“The Lamanite Dialogue: Further Discussion on Latin Communities and
Indigenous Identities in Mormonism”
Agustin “Tino” Diaz  
Program Director, Educational Opportunity Center, Utah Valley University  
The Lamanite Dialogue: A Contemporary Conversation Regarding Indigeneity, Oceania, and Borderlands in Mormonism  
Daniel Hernandez  
Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland, New Zealand  
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.    
Panel Discussion


the conference is free and open to the public

for more information, contact

Boyd Petersen at or Brian Birch at



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