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Mormon Studies Events: Arrington Lecture, and Evans Awards

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 25, 2009

Two significant Mormon Studies events are scheduled for Logan in early October:



Thursday, October 1, 2009
7:00 p.m.
Logan Tabernacle

Kathleen Flake
“The Emotional and Priestly Logic of Plural Marriage”

Kathleen Flake, Associate Professor of American Religious History at Vanderbilt University and former litigation attorney in Washington, D.C., teaches courses in American religious history and in the interaction of American religion and law. In addition to her participation in MHA and her appearances on PBS’s 2007 “The Mormons,” Professor Flake is probably best known to the Bloggernacle as author of The Politics of Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle.



Friday, October 2, 2009
2:30 p.m.
Taggart Student Center Ballroom, USU Campus, Logan

The Evans Biography Award is a $10,000 prize given to the best biography of a person who lived a significant portion of his or her life in “Mormon Country”; the Evans Handcart Award is a $2,500 prize given to a biography of a person of similar characteristics, usually awarded to a new author or the author of a family history. Winners of this year’s prestigious Evans Awards are:

Evans Biography Award:

Janet Chapman and Karen Barrie
Kenneth Milton Chapman: A Life Dedicated to Indian Arts and Artists
University of New Mexico Press

Evans Handcart Award:

William B. Smart
Mormonism’s Last Colonizer: The Life and Times of William H. Smart
Utah State University Press



  1. I had heard good things about Smart’s book, but hadn’t heard anything about Chapman’s and Barrie’s. Anyone read it?

    Can’t wait to hear about Flake’s take on polygamy.

    Comment by Randy B. — August 25, 2009 @ 7:31 am

  2. Don’t forget the Evans Shopping-Cart Award, a $5 gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse, which I award to a person who makes public some embarrassing scandal from their family history. This year there is no recipient.

    Comment by Steve Evans — August 25, 2009 @ 10:58 am

  3. Oh, come on! I have documentary proof that my ancestor Thomas Saunders was convicted of getting drunk and inciting a riot in the 1820s. Or isn’t it scandalous enough if it makes me laugh?

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 25, 2009 @ 11:03 am

  4. Ardis, if the past scandal was eminently predictable based on current descendants, it doesn’t count.

    Comment by Steve Evans — August 25, 2009 @ 11:05 am

  5. 😛

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 25, 2009 @ 11:09 am

  6. My 30-something great-great grandfather married a 13 year old. Don’t I deserve something, Steve?

    Comment by Mark B. — August 25, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

  7. Ardis, thanks for the notice, I’m interested to check out the Evans winner.

    Steve, well played :)

    Mark, you mean, “Doesn’t I deserve nutin’?”, right? :)

    Comment by Jared T. — August 25, 2009 @ 1:14 pm

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