The American Academy of Religion has just released its program for the 2008 annual meeting, to be held in Chicago in November. The Mormon Studies Consultation will be holding two sessions this year.
The first is a session co-sponsored by the Afro-American Religious History Group, entitled “African-Americans and the Latter-Day Saints Church: A Historical Examination.” No speakers or panelists are listed for this one yet.
The second session, chaired by Phil Barlow, is entitled “Media, Religion, and Politics: Mitt Romney’s Campaign for the US Presidency.” It is described, in part, as follows
This session probes the intersection of religion, politics, and contemporary American culture through the revealing prism of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.
This session features the following presenters
Mark Silk and John Green, “Anti-Mormonism and the Romney Campaign”
Doe DAughtrey, “Vocal Mormons Meet Mitt Romney: The Impact of a Mormon Presidential Candidate on Mormon Self-expression”
Michael Paulson (Boston Globe), “Media and the Mormon Candidate: One Reporter’s View.”