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Overview: Part 1, June 27-28

Introduction to Themes and Topics (Online)

Our first two days will be over Zoom and will be a general introduction to the themes and topics the rest of the Institute will deal with, including discussions of Anzaldúa’s conceptions of borderlands and how they relate to the topic of religion. After these two online days, participants will have two days to travel to Claremont Graduate University for the in person portion of the Institute.

Overview: Part 2, July 1-8

Mormonism and Mexico (In Person)

The second part of the Institute will be in person, with the intent of building collegiality among the participants and our guests, and to pursue projects drawing on the Gomez collection, recently donated to CGU, and other resources in Southern California. Lectures and discussions will touch on public history, oral history, art as religious expression, Bautista’s La Evolución de Mexico, Anglo Mormon Mexican colonies, and comparative analysis to other contemporary religious movements in Mexico. Activities will include a visit to a Spanish-speaking LDS congregation and a visit to the Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture, & Industry.

Overview: Part 3, July 18-22

Projects (Online)

After a week-long break to develop projects, our last few days (over Zoom) will focus on discussions of participants’ projects and how they might engage with the continually dynamic space of religion on the US-Mexican border. Topics covered will include growth rates and future prospects of the LDS church in Mexico. The last three days will be devoted to discussion of participants’ projects, with a day each devoted to syllabi, research projects, and public history.

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The National Endowment for the Humanities: Mormonism and Mexico: A Case Study in Religion and Borderlands

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