Lecture Announcement: Joanna Brooks at the University of Michigan

By October 14, 2014

This came through my inbox last week, and I thought I would post it here in case anyone was interested.

The American Studies Consortium welcomes


Joanna Brooks

Professor of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University

author of The Book of Mormon Girl

“When Storytelling is Movement Building:

Putting American Studies to Work in the World of Mormonism.”


Monday, October 20

3222 Angell Hall

4 PM


Interested graduate students and faculty are also warmly invited to attend a workshop of Professor Brooks?s draft introduction to Mormon Feminist Thought: Classic Writings from Forty Years of the Movement (Oxford UP, forthcoming 2015).


Monday, October 20

3241 Angell Hall

12:30 PM

The workshop file is available on the American Studies Consortium website, http://um-americanists.blogspot.com/p/workshop-files.html

A light lunch will be served. 

RSVP to Emily Waples (emiwap@umich.edu).

Joanna Brooks is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University, and a national voice on religion in American public life.  Author of The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of An American Faith (Simon & Schuster, 2012) and the blog ?Ask Mormon Girl? (www.askmormongirl.com), her work been featured in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Tablet, Salon, and the Michigan Quarterly Review; she has also appeared as a guest on MSNBC, NPR, & The Daily Show. A senior correspondent for ReligionDispatches.org, she has been named one of ?50 Politicos to Watch? by Politico.org, and one of ?13 Religious Women to Watch? by Center for American Progress.

Professor Brooks is also the author or editor of five scholarly books, including American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native American Literatures (Oxford, 2003), Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions (Oxford 2012), and Why We Left: Untold Stories and Songs of America’s First Immigrants (University of Minnesota, 2013). Her scholarship on race, gender, and religion in early American literature has received support and commendation by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Association, and the Modern Language Association.

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  1. Wait.

    University of Michigan + Mormon Studies?

    The Detroiter in me is incredibly happy.

    Looks like I’m going to be making a trip down to AA on Monday!

    Comment by brandt — October 16, 2014 @ 6:16 am

  2. Brandt, did you attend? FYI, after I established the LDS Institute of Religion in Ann Arbor, helped convert many students & establish the first student branch there, U.M. invited me to teach a course on Mormonism. Pres. Hinckley told me it was the first time Mormonism was taught as an academic course in the U.S. I organized at as a look at the church as a uniquely American institution through the lens of radical social change. There were a couple dozen, mostly grad students. So U.M. isn’t too far out of the loop, and of course, a number of other schools now have courses, or even Mormon Studies programs.

    Comment by warner woodworth — October 22, 2014 @ 12:44 pm


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