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Richard Bushman at the University of Utah, September 27 [TONIGHT — TUESDAY]

By: Ardis E. Parshall - September 26, 2011

Reposted to remind y’all of this event:

The Tanner Humanities Center is proud to present
the 2011 David P. Gardner Lecture in the Humanities and Fine Arts

Please join us for a lecture by
Richard Bushman


Recent events in Washington have demonstrated once again how much Americans differ on how to resolve the nation’s problem. The parties to the debate cannot even agree on the nature of the public good. The lecture will argue that these conflicts arise out of basic contradictions in our national values and therefore will perpetually recur. The question the lecture will pose is: Can Mormonism, a religious tradition of particular relevance to Utahns, contribute to the resolution of these fundamental disagreements. Can a religion that is authoritarian in nature help solve the problems of a democracy?

Richard Bushman is among the most widely known and highly regarded historians of Mormonism and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is Gouverneur Morris Professor of History emeritus at Columbia University and recently finished his term as the Howard W. Hunter Visiting Professor in Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University. His publications include: From Puritan to Yankee: Character and the Social Order in Connecticut, 1690-1765 (1967), King and People in Provincial Massachusetts (1985), The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities (1992), and Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling (2005).

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
7:00 PM
Saltair Room – University of Utah Olpin Union
200 S. Central Campus Dr.

This event is free and open to the public.
No tickets are required, but please arrive early for seating.

Please call 801.581.7989 for additional information.



  1. No way, this may require a special trip. Who wants to lend me their couch?

    Comment by Chris H. — August 24, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

  2. Interesting.

    Reminds me of a time a friend and I were called into the Stake President’s office because of our respective callings at the time to counsel with him on some questions of faithfulness to the church relating to protest against of the government of a nature I will not discuss (Ardis’s rules and all). My buddy was joking because the three of us were from very different political perspectives. The Stake President very solemnly stated that if the Elders of Israel were to save the Constitution it would be because of the likes of us (implying the very different political persuasions).

    I know Bro. Bushman’s a lot smarter than I am, but I just wonder if it could be an inspired message similar to that of my old Stake President.

    Comment by Grant — August 25, 2011 @ 8:43 am

  3. I agree — a special trip to Salt Lake and the U is in order for this!

    Katie, presently in Farmington, NM

    Comment by Katie Felton — August 25, 2011 @ 5:48 pm

  4. I don’t suppose someone will record this and make it available as a podcast? . . .

    Comment by Guy Murray — August 27, 2011 @ 9:28 am

  5. I have no idea, Guy, but I do know someone involved in the event so I’ll find out and report back.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 27, 2011 @ 9:40 am

  6. Thanks Ardis. As much as I would love to just Trike on up to SLC for the day–I can’t really afford the time off. Sounds like a great event, though.

    Comment by Guy Murray — August 27, 2011 @ 9:42 am

  7. I am in Salt Lake and would be happy to put up anyone who would like to attend Richard Bushman’s presentation.

    Comment by Cory — September 22, 2011 @ 10:54 am

  8. 4: Guy, I forgot to ask about this until just now. But I *have* asked and will watch for an answer to post.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — September 26, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

  9. Guy, and others interested: RLBushman’s speech *will* be recorded, and will be available on the Tanner Humanities Center website about a week later. I’ll try to remember to find and post a link when it’s up.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — September 26, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

  10. Thanks, Ardis.

    Comment by Chris H. — September 26, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

  11. Thanks for finding out about a recording. Enjoy tonight, everyone!

    Comment by David Y. — September 27, 2011 @ 11:30 am

  12. would love to see that link to the audio or text. thank you.

    Comment by Pedro — September 30, 2011 @ 12:38 am

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