Claremont Discourse: Undercurrents and Rip Tides in Mormon Studies, Feb. 4

Please join us at 4:15 PM, on Wednesday, February 4, in the Founders Room of Honnold/Mudd Library, for a Claremont Discourse Lecture, sponsored by the Libraries of The Claremont Colleges, a member of Claremont University Consortium.

Undercurrents and Rip Tides in Mormon Studies
Professors Richard and Claudia Bushman, Claremont Graduate University, School of Religion

It can be said that The Church of Latter Day Saints, popularly known as Mormonism, is an American religion, whose tenets were revealed to Joseph Smith in the 1820s on American soil, and as such is tied to American history and culture. In the early stage of a religion, the more scholarly of its adherents study internally the theological core before gradually moving out for the wider view. In the last century, Mormon history writing has gone through a transformation called "The New Mormon History." It represents a new configuration of Mormon intellectuals' relationship to the broader culture. So far it has affected primarily history writing, but there are signs it will spread to other aspects of Mormon cultural production, including theology. Richard and Claudia Bushman - distinguished emeriti Columbia University historians and authors of books on American political and cultural history, as well as books on Mormon themes - were brought to CGU to help start one of the first Mormon Studies programs outside of Utah - and to help foster the new scholarship. The Bushmans will discuss the transformation Mormon Studies is undergoing.

For more information, please contact Adam Rosenkranz.

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