October 24, 2004

Positioning Mormonism Conference

Positioning Mormonism in Religious Studies and American History

October 24-26, 2004

Featured Speakers:

  • Grant Underwood, Brigham Young University
  • Kathleen Flake, Vanderbilt University
  • Terryl Givens, University of Richmond
  • Philip Barlow, Hanover College
  • Kathryn Daynes, Brigham Young University
  • Ann Taves, Claremont Graduate University
  • Zayn Kassam, Oona Eisenstadt, Ivan Strenski


  • Vincent Wimbush
  • Marvin Sweeney
  • Robert DeChaine
  • Catherine L. Albanese
  • Robert Elwood
  • Gaston Espinoza
  • Roberto Lint Sagarena
  • Janet Brodie
  • Sara Patterson

Sponsored by:
Claremont Graduate School of Religion in conjunction with Claremont School of Theology and Pomona College

Sunday, October 24, 2004 7:00 p.m.   [Public forum, Seaver Auditorium, 300 E. Bonita Ave.]

Public Lecture – Is this safe?  Mormon history and the Secular Academy,”  

Grant Underwood, Brigham Young University.  [Seaver Auditorium, 300 Bonita]


Monday, October 25, 2004  9:00 a.m.   [All sessions at Abrecht Auditorium, 10th & Dartmouth]

Welcome: Karen J. Torjesen, Dean, School of Religion, CGU.


Session I: “Positioning Mormonism in Religious Studies”

Lecture: Kathleen Flake, Vanderbilt University.

Discussants: Zayn Kassam (Pomona College); Oona Eisenstadt (Pomona College); Ivan Strenski (UC Riverside).


Monday, October 25, 2004 2:00 p.m.

Session II:The Book of Mormon in Literary and Cultural Studies”

Lecture: Terryl Givens, University of Richmond.  

Discussants: Vincent Wimbush (Claremont Graduate University); Marvin Sweeney (Claremont Graduate University and Claremont School of Theology); Robert DeChaine (Claremont Graduate University).


Monday October 25, 2004 7:30 p.m.

Session III: “Studying the Saints: Resources for Mormon history at the Huntington Library,” 

Peter J. Blodgett, H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western American Manuscripts, The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA.


Tuesday, October 26, 2004 9:00 a.m.

Session IV: “Positioning Mormonism in American Religious History”

Lecture: Philip Barlow, Hanover College.  

Discussants: Catherine L. Albanese (UC Santa Barbara); Gaston Espinoza (Claremont McKenna College); Robert Ellwood (Emeritus, USC).


Tuesday, October 26, 2004 2:00 p.m.

Session V: “Positioning Mormonism in Women’s Studies & Western History”

Lecture: Kathryn Daynes, History, Brigham Young University.  

Discussants: Janet Brodie (Claremont Graduate University); Sara Patterson (Claremont Graduate University), Roberto Lint Sagarena (USC).


Tuesday, October 26, 2004, 7:00 p.m. 

Closing Comments: “New Directions for Mormon Studies in the Secular University,” Ann Taves (Claremont Graduate University & Claremont School of Theology).