Weekly Round Up

By April 20, 2014

This week’s  Mormon Studies Round-Up:

Video of Kathleen Flake, Richard L. Bushman Chair in Mormon Studies at the University of Virginia delivering the 2014 McMurrin Lecture on Religion and Culture , “The LDS Intellectual Tradition: A Study on Three Lives”. This lecture was the keynote address for a symposium “Faith and Reason, Conscience and Conflict: The Paths of Lowell Bennion, Sterling McMurrin, and Obert Tanner”.   The Tanner Humanities Center hosted the symposium and noted that:

These three intellectuals who shared a determination to act were rooted in Mormonism, but possessed distinctive visions that penetrated beyond their treasured religious heritage and drove them to embrace—and respond to—the pressing social, cultural, and political issues of their time.  With mutual respect, but using distinctive methods, Tanner, McMurrin and Bennion shared a passion for justice and impatience with racial discrimination in their church and across American society.  At various points in their careers, they served the LDS Church, the University of Utah, their state, and the nation in pursuit of their visions of a more enlightened and humane society.”

All the videos of the panels from the symposium can also be found here.( Challenge of Conscience: Sterling M. Murrin, Challenge of Loyalty: Lowell Bennion and Challenge of Faith: Obert C. Tanner and Public Men and the Challenge of Their Private Worlds) Participants include Jack Newell, Brian Birch, Greg Prince, Emma Lou Thayne, Linda King Newell and Bob Goldberg as well as others.

Other interviews, lectures, and panel discussions on the contributions of Sterling McMurrin and Lowell Bennion can be found  here.

Our friends over at the Religion in American History blog do a write-up about the OAH panel that discussed “blogging as scholarship” .  They also  provide links to comments from Mike O’Malley, John Fea and Ann M.Little.

The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News discuss the Atheists and Mormons Panel Discussion: Exposing Myths, Dispelling Stereotypes (Public Perception and Reality)

From the LDS Women’s History section on the Church History:  An interview  with former General Relief Society President Julie B. Beck.

The LDS Church reaffirms its position on immigration.

And for the sports fans Jabari Parker’s statment on missionary service.

Please share anything we missed in the comments.


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