2019 Book of Mormon Studies Conference Schedule

By August 27, 2019

We are pleased to share details from the Third Annual Book of Mormon Studies Conference. If you’re in or near Utah State University you should consider going!

Friday, October 11

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

Details forthcoming

Concurrent Sessions
10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Room 1

Elizabeth Fenton (University of Vermont), “Readymade Books and the Preservation of the Sacred in the Book of Mormon and the Early Church”

Joseph M. Spencer (Brigham Young University), “‘Virgins, Harlots, Brides, and Queens: Women in the Prophetic Texts of First Nephi”

Kimberly M. Berkey (Loyola University), “‘Here Is My Daughter a Maiden’: Daughters in Judges and the Book of Mormon”

Room 2

Ashley Brocious (Jewish Theological Seminary), “The Holy One of Israel”

Randy Curtis (University of Utah), “Identifying the Mosaical Prophet in 2 Nephi 3:17”

Bradley J. Kramer (Independent Scholar), “Remembering God’s Ancient Covenant People: Two Ways the Book of Mormon Counters Supersessionism in the New Testament”

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

Room 1

Jenny Webb (Independent Scholar), “The Iron Rod and the Iron Goad: Lehi, Nephi, and the Fourth Panchen Lama”

Morgan Davis (Neal A. Maxwell Institute), “Divine Messengers in the Book of Mormon and the Qur’an”

Room 2

Val Larsen (James Madison University), “Prophet or Loss: Mosiah1/Zeniff, Benjamin/Noah, Mosiah2/Limhi”

Blair Dee Hodges (Neal A. Maxwell Institute), “A Disabilities Studies Reading of Moroni Chapter 8”

Concurrent Sessions
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Room 1

Avram Shannon (Brigham Young University), “Temple and Atonement in the Book of Mormon: A Case for Limited Recontextualization”

Brant A. Gardner (Independent Scholar), “Speculation on the Lost Pages of the Book of Mormon”

Room 2

Julie P. Frederick (Independent Scholar), “Covenants and Oaths in the Book of Mormon War Chapters: Contextualizing the Title of Liberty”

Christopher Thomas (Pentecostal Theological Seminary and Bangor University), “The Bible and the Formation of Book of Mormon Implied Readers”

Keynote Speaker
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Paul C. Gutjahr, Indiana University
Title to Be Announced

Saturday, October 12

Business Meeting
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions
8:45 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.

Room 1

Nicholas J. Frederick (Brigham Young University), “Tracing the Contours of the Great and Abominable Church”

Frederik S. Kleiner (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel), “‘As It Were unto Us a Dream’: Uchronia in the  Book of Mormon”

Rebecca A. Roesler (Brigham Young University–Idaho), “The Book of Mormon as Refutational Text”

Room 2

Sharon J. Harris (Brigham Young University), “Covenant as Archive and Performative: Genealogy in the Small Plates”

Rosalynde Frandsen Welch (Independent Scholar), “The Book of Ether: A Latent, Local Messiah”

Rob Fergus (Rowan University), “Plain and Precious: Toward a Book of Mormon Theology of Things”

Plenary Session: Interview and Discussion
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Patrick Q. Mason (Utah State University) interviews Elizabeth Fenton (University of Vermont) and Jared Hickman (Johns Hopkins University) about Americanist Approaches to “The Book of Mormon”

Graduate Student Lunch
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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

Room 1

Christopher J. Blythe (Neal A. Maxwell Institute), “Signey Rigdon’s Revelations and the Book of Mormon”

Janiece Johnson (Neal A. Maxwell Institute), “Scripturalizing the Book: The Material Record and Book of Mormon Authority”

Room 2

Charles Harrell (Brigham Young University), “Pre-existence, Prescience, and Priestly Ordination: The Exegetical History of Alma 13:3–4”

Daniel Stone (Private Archive, Detroit), “Fleeing from Before Them: Sidney Rigdon’s and William Bickerton’s Use of the Book of Mormon as a Tool of Dissent”

Concurrent Sessions
3:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Room 1

Kristian Heal (Neal A. Maxwell Institute) and Zachery Stevenson, “Sorrow and Joy: The Book of Mormon Reading Ancient Religious Texts”

Kylie Nielsen Turley (Brigham Young University), “(Unreal) Fire and (Faithless) Sincerity: The Impact of ‘As If’ in Helaman 5”

Room 2

Robert A. Rees (University of California – Berkeley), “Intuition, Quantum Holography, and the Book of Mormon”

Robert B. Couch (Earlham College), “Decoupling Agency and Moral Responsibility in the Book of Mormon”

Keynote Speaker
7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Amy Easton-Flake, Brigham Young University
Title to Be Announced

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