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History’s Newsroom: A Journal Debuts, 1966

By: Ardis E. Parshall - May 16, 2013

The 25 December 1965 issue of the Church News carried this announcement:

Group Plans Paper on ‘Mormon Thought’

A new quarterly journal, bearing the title “Dialogue – A Journal of Mormon Thought,” will make its appearance in 1966 at Stanford, California.

“Dialogue will be an independent publication to deal with Mormon thought and culture and the general relation of religious and secular life through articles, essays, reviews, editorials and the presentation of poetry and the visual arts,” according to its publication statement.

The journal will be published by the Dialogue Foundation, a nonprofit foundation incorporated under the laws of the State of Utah. All editorial and staff efforts will be given on a voluntary basis, as are manuscripts and artwork. Dialogue will be wholly dependent on its $6 a year subscription cost and financial contributions for its operation.

A 22-man board of editors operating in all parts of the United States will work with two advisory editors, Leonard Arrington, head of the department of economics at Utah State University, and Lowell Bennion of the University of Utah, dean of students.

An editorial staff will include Eugene England and Wesley Johnson, managing editors; Paul Salisbury, publication editor, and a score of other prominent educators, professional and businessmen.

While Dialogue is not an official publication of the Church, its editors are committed to the Church and its ideals, counting among its staff members of bishoprics and stake presidencies, reports Mr. Salisbury.

“There has been a feeling among academic and professional members of the Church to create a sense of community among such people,” Mr. Salisbury said. “There is also a desire to help Mormon students as they meet the challenges of university life, emphasizing that men need not relinquish their faith to be intellectually respectable nor relinquish their intelligence to be faithful.”

A special rate of $4 a year will be placed on student subscriptions.

Publication costs may have gone up a wee bit since 1966. Dialogue is holding its spring fundraiser now, with an unnamed donor offering to match contributions up to $3,000 — make every nickel do the work of two.

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8 Comments »

  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Ardis! The funding model has changed, and it’s no longer a 22-MAN board, but the ideals are the same. I just wish I’d been around to have Leonard Arrington and Lowell Bennion to turn to for advice!

    Comment by Kristine — May 16, 2013 @ 10:17 am

  2. Awesome. Would love a scan of the announcement, too see the font, heading, paper grain, proof in visible form!

    Comment by BHodges — May 16, 2013 @ 10:31 am

  3. I can’t do much about paper texture, BHodges, when I’m working from microfilm, but I’ve added a page scan to the OP. Don’t you love the scare quotes around “Mormon thought”?

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — May 16, 2013 @ 11:06 am

  4. Awesome!

    Comment by BHodges — May 16, 2013 @ 11:24 am

  5. Very nice; thanks, Ardis!

    Comment by Kevin Barney — May 16, 2013 @ 11:31 am

  6. Cool!

    Comment by WVS — May 16, 2013 @ 11:43 am

  7. Nice find. I have a copy of one of the first few editions at home, picked up second hand at a DI many years ago.

    Kristine, I suspect you also would love to edit this comment by Paul Salisbury:

    “There is also a desire to help Mormon students as they meet the challenges of university life, emphasizing that MEN need not relinquish their faith to be intellectually respectable nor relinquish their intelligence to be faithful.”

    Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, by intellectually respectable, intelligent, and faithful women and men.

    Comment by kevinf — May 16, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

  8. Ardis — great find.

    Comment by Aaron R. — May 16, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

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