Event: Southwest Symposium 2006

MORMON STUDIES AS CULTURAL STUDIES: THE AMERICANIZATION OF MORMONISM REFLECTED IN POP CULTURE

MORMON STUDIES AS CULTURAL STUDIES: THE AMERICANIZATION OF MORMONISM REFLECTED IN POP CULTURE Cultural studies is an interdisciplinary approach to studying human life that employs political theory and strategy, as well as philosophy, anthropology, literary criticism, religious studies, and other fields. Its approach is unabashedly political in nature. Its purpose is to show how cultural …

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HITCHCOCK AND MORMONISM

HITCHCOCK AND MORMONISM Which Alfred Hitchcock film contains a long passage from the Book of Mormon, and how and why did it get into the film? What Mormon actors have starred in Hitchcock films? What Mormon artist created the largest work of art featured in any of Hitchcock’s films? What Mormon screenwriter wrote several episodes …

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THE HUNCHBACK PROJECT: STORIES FROM MY NEW BOOK

Hugh Nibley gave a series of talks about sophic and mantic in society: the sophic offers the shallow, deceitful cleverness of PR and spin, which often leads to success in this world while the mantic (from Greek mantis, “seer”) looks to the eternal vision of things. My new book, Victim of the Muses (see WWW.HUP.HARVARD.EDU/CATALOG/COMVIC.HTML), …

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TOWARD A MORE AUTHENTIC SISTERHOOD: UNMASKING HIDDEN ENVY AND COMPETITION AMONG LDS WOMEN

TOWARD A MORE AUTHENTIC SISTERHOOD: UNMASKING HIDDEN ENVY AND COMPETITION AMONG LDS WOMEN Julie Hawker’s November 2005 SUNSTONE article ‘Toward a More Authentic Sisterhood: Unmasking Hidden Envy and Competition among LDS Women’ brings into the open some of the tensions and paradoxes in women’s relationships. Mary Ellen Robertson, Julie Mounteer Hawker, Jana Bouck Remy and …

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MORMONISM IN THE ACADEMY

MORMONISM IN THE ACADEMY Courses and programs in Mormon studies are being established across the country. Panel members will discuss the challenges, tensions, and rewards of teaching and studying Mormon history, literature, and culture outside LDS-sponsored institutions and with both member and non-member students in the same classroom. Panelists will also discuss the current place …

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CONSTRUCTING JOSEPH SMITH’S LIFE AND TIMES

This session will be a wide-ranging conversation between historians, a Mormon publishing insider, and the audience on the attempt to “know Brother Joseph again.” What makes a good biography? What is the relationship between history and faith, and is Mormonism and the faith of its members tied more closely to the historical record than they …

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BIG LOVE, BIG ISSUES

BIG LOVE, BIG ISSUES The new HBO series, Big Love, has created quite a stir among media watchers, cultural critics, and Mormons. Why the buzz? The show centers on the family of Bill Hendrickson, the owner of a growing chain of home improvement stores who owns three homes of his own, each occupied by one …

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PRELUDE TO CLAREMONT: ‘FAITHFUL SCHOLARSHIP’ AND THE MAINSTREAMING OF MORMON STUDIES

PRELUDE TO CLAREMONT: ‘FAITHFUL SCHOLARSHIP’ AND THE MAINSTREAMING OF MORMON STUDIES As Mormon studies emerges at Claremont, it will be shaped by negotiation among various interests. The most important set of LDS interests is represented by ‘faithful scholarship,’ which has come to set the standard of acceptable scholarship about Mormonism for many Latter-day Saints poised …

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THE KINGDOM OF GOD OR NOTHING: JACOB TAUBES, JOSEPH SMITH, AND MORMON POLITICAL THEOLOGY

THE KINGDOM OF GOD OR NOTHING: JACOB TAUBES, JOSEPH SMITH, AND MORMON POLITICAL THEOLOGY Does Mormon political theology endorse positive political action in the world or theological withdrawal from worldly political authority as a political attitude? While many political theologies are often either positive or negative toward involvement, LDS doctrine seems to have characteristics of …

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