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Women and the LDS Church: A Mormon Studies Conference (Repost)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 24, 2012

This weekend (Friday evening and Saturday) promises to be a wonderful, enlightening experience for those able to attend a conference on Women and the LDS Church, preceded by the Sterling M. McMurrin Lecture to be given by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

Below is the information provided by the Tanner Humanities Center website, with one important emphasis added by me. Please note that while the Saturday roundtables will take place at the Fort Douglas location, Dr. Ulrich’s lecture on Friday night will be given at the Salt Lake City Main Library. The THC’s website links to a page that provides that address, but if you’re like me (and like one of the Saturday speakers whom I just alerted!), you’ve been looking only at the THC website and hadn’t realized that the events were in two different venues. What a shame it would be for anyone to miss this lecture because of a mix-up in location — please spread the word to everyone you know who is planning to come.

Women and the LDS Church: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives Conference
August 24 – 25, 2012

Fort Douglas, Officer’s Club Theater
150 S. Fort Douglas Blvd
University of Utah

FREE TO THE PUBLIC – No registration required.

Please join us for the “Women and the LDS Church” conference, August 24 – 25, 2012, co-directed by Kate Holbrook, Specialist in Women’s History in the LDS Church History Department and the 2010-2011 Eccles Mormon Studies Fellow, and Matt Bowman, Professor of History at Hampden Sydney College and alumnus of the University of Utah.

The Sterling M. McMurrin Lecture on Religion and Culture, given by Dr. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, on Friday, August 24 will serve as the plenary address for the conference.

Note: This lecture will be given at the Salt Lake City Main Library (210 East 400 South)
7:00 p.m.

On August 25, 2012, please join us for four roundtable panels:

Latter-day Saint Women and Agency: A Historical Perspective
9:00 – 10:30 AM

Susanna Morrill, Quincy Newell, Kate Holbrook, and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Women’s Agency in the Contemporary LDS Church: Analytical Perspectives
10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

David Campbell, Mary Farrell Bednarowski, Jennifer Finlayson-Fife, and Aimee Evans Hickman

Women’s Agency in the Contemporary LDS Church: Popular Perspectives
1:30 – 3:00 PM

Neylan McBaine, Jana Riess, Jane Hafen, and Claudia Bushman

Latter-day Saint Women Outside the United States
3:15 – 4:45 PM

Mariama Kallon, Matt Heiss, Carine Decoo-Vanwelkenhuysen and Anita Sthalasayee

Women and the LDS Church Conference Sponsors

Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah
Utah Valley University
LDS Church History Department
Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University
Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Brigham Young University
Women’s Studies Program, Brigham Young University
American West Center, The University of Utah
Program in Religious Studies, Utah State University
Center for Women & Gender, Utah State University



  1. Thanks for posting this! This event deserves as much coverage as it can get! I wish you could have been in my Sunday School class when I announced it. Qualifiers and all, I still got some “looks”. It would have been nice to have an ally. Surprisingly, when I announced it in Elder’s Quorum, I was asked to elaborate by some seemingly interested men.

    Comment by Jonathan — August 20, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

  2. Jonathan, we’ll have to conspire to report briefly on this next week. It could be as simple as your saying something as a follow-up to your announcement, and then I could add to that as I begin the lesson. The lesson is on the stripling warriors, so it’s one of the few places in the Book of Mormon where there’s an easy way to reflect on women. How convenient!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 20, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

  3. Thanks so much for the clarification. I’ll post a link to this on Wheat and Tares.

    Comment by Bonnie — August 20, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

  4. Ardis, will you or anyone else be live blogging or writing it up?

    Comment by David M. Morris — August 24, 2012 @ 9:56 am

  5. I’ll be attending but don’t expect to do more than that, unless some part of the discussion sparks a post. Acting the part of a reporter interferes with the thoughtful consideration of what is being said, and this time I just want to listen and think and feel, not type. Sorry.

    Surely somebody else will be less selfish than me and do a good job of reporting, but I don’t know who, yet.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 24, 2012 @ 10:11 am

  6. I wish I could go. Any chance this will be covered on BYU tv? 😉

    Comment by Julia — August 24, 2012 @ 10:24 am

  7. There hasn’t been any mention of that … and since it’s partially sponsored by the U, I doubt it!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 24, 2012 @ 10:26 am

  8. KCPW is broadcasting Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s speech tonight. Their broadcasts are usually available by online streaming, so I hope this one is, too.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 24, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

  9. I will look it up and see if I have to watch it live, or if I can watch it after. Thanks!

    Comment by Julia — August 24, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

  10. Like a dumbo I posted this on BCC where the link was……

    “Thanks Ardis — I found the link for the broadcast:

    Comment by David M. Morris — August 25, 2012 @ 12:54 am

  11. Is there any chance that the complete conference will be published either in text or video, not just the keynote speaker?

    I am finding descriptions very interesting, but also leaving me very unsatisfied.

    Comment by Cal — August 29, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

  12. Cal, they took video of all sessions and said those would be made available through The Tanner Center website “soon” (no specific date named). When they are posted and I can link to them, I’ll either do that in my sideblog or else put up a post to draw attention to them, whatever seems best depending on how many separate links are required.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 29, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

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