October 5, 2021

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Jennifer Reeder on “Retrospective on a Year of Church History”

Laurel Ulrich

Sunday, November 14, 2021 3:00pm PDT
Full Title: “Retrospective on a Year of Church History: Things You May Have Missed in Gospel Doctrine Class”
Online via Zoom: https://cgu.zoom.us/j/81093725070

Brief description: Join Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Jennifer Reeder for a wide-ranging conversation about Church history with Matthew Bowman. They will reflect on a year of studying Church history in the Church’s official Sunday school, reflect on how our understanding and knowledge of Church history has developed over the past few decades, discuss how and why some members find Church history troubling, and how Church members can engage with Church history in such a way to cultivate their faith.

Laurel Ulrich
Speaker biography: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is 300th Anniversary University Professor emerita at Harvard University. She is probably best known for A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and many other awards in 1991. Her most recent book, A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 explores the paradoxical link between the practice of polygamy or “plural marriage” in Utah Territory and the adoption in 1870 of women suffrage. Because of its use of braided stories drawn from early women’s and men’s diaries it received the 2017 Evan Biography Award from the Mountain West Century at Utah State University.

Jennifer Reeder
Speaker biography: Jennifer Reeder is a nineteenth-century women’s history specialist on the web team at the LDS Church History Department. She has a PhD in American history from George Mason University, with an emphasis in women’s history, religious history, memory, and material culture. Her dissertation, “Doing Something Extraordinary: Mormon Women and the Creation of a Usable Past” explores the material culture used to commemorate the first fifty years of Relief Society and is pending publication. She is the author of FIRST: THE LIFE AND FAITH OF EMMA SMITH (Deseret Book, 2021).