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Authorcast #106: Melvin C. Johnson, author of Life and Times of John Pierce Hawley: A Mormon Ulysses of the American West March 04 2019

On this episode, we chat with Melvin C. Johnson, author of Life and Times of John Pierce Hawley: A Mormon Ulysses of the American WestWe discuss Hawley's following Lyman Wight to the Mormon colony in TX, his conversion to Brigham Young's LDS Church in Utah, accusations of John's involvement with the massacre at Mountain Meadows, John's eventual split with the Utah church over polygamy, Brigham Young's Adam-God doctrine, and blood atonement, his joining the RLDS Church and later testimony at the Temple Lot trial.

“An essential read for those interested in studying the competing strands of the Mormon Restoration movement in mid-nineteenth-century frontier America.”—Richard E. Bennett, Professor, Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University

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Life and Times of John Pierce Hawley: A Mormon Ulysses of the American West
By Melvin C. Johnson

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Authorcast #103: The Expanded Canon August 24 2018

Episode 103: The Expanded Canon
Hosted by Brian Whitney

On this episode, editors Blair Van Dyke, Brian Birch, and Boyd Petersen discuss the development of the Mormon Studies program at Utah Valley University, their annual conferences, the new UVU Comparative Mormon Studies series with Greg Kofford Books, as well as the contributors and topics in the first volume: The Expanded Canon: Perspectives on Mormonism and Sacred Texts.

For those in the Utah area, please join us for the following events with the editors:

Tue Sep 18 | Writ & Vision (Provo) at 7:00 PM | RSVP on Facebook
Wed Sep 19 | Benchmark Books (SLC) at 5:30 PM | RSVP on Facebook


The Expanded Canon: Perspectives on Mormonism and Sacred Texts
Edited by Blair G. Van Dyke, Brian D. Birch, and Boyd J. Petersen

Part of the UVU Comparative Mormon Studies series

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AuthorCast #102: Interview with Charles Randall Paul July 25 2018

Episode 102: Interview with Charles Randall Paul
Hosted by Brian Whitney

In this episode, Charles Randall Paul discusses his forthcoming book, Converting the Saints: A Study of Religious Rivalry in America, as well as the interfaith organization he founded, the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, and offers a few suggestions for dealing with religious, political, and ideological conflict. Be sure to check out his recent article, "Contesting Truth through Mutual Openness."


Converting the Saints: A Study of Religious Rivalry in America
By Charles Randall Paul

Available August 7, 2018
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AuthorCast #90: Interview with William V. Smith February 22 2018

Interview with William V. Smith
Hosted by Brian Whitney

In this episode, we interview William V. Smith about his new book, Textual Studies of the Doctrine and Covenants: The Plural Marriage Revelation

Read Bill's article, "A Very Brief History of D&C Section 132: The Plural Marriage Revelation"


William V. Smith will be signing books and speaking at a panel discussion hosted by Writ & Vision in Provo on Tuesday, March 13th. The panel will also feature Lindsay Hansen Park (Year of Polygamy podcast) and independent historian Don Bradley. The event is free to attend and begins at 7PM. Writ & Vision is located at 274 W. Center Street, Provo, UT.


Textual Studies of the Doctrine and Covenants: The Plural Marriage Revelation
By William V. Smith

Part of the Contemporary Studies in Scripture series

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AuthorCast #62: MHA presentation by Michael Austin July 14 2017


In this episode, Michael Austin presents "The Dime Novel Hero in Salt Lake City: Popular Fiction and the Contested Mormon Embrace of Modernity, 1890–1903." This presentation was given at the 2017 Mormon History Association Conference held in St. Charles, MO on June 3, 2017.

 

Michael Austin is the co-editor of The Mormon Image in Literature series. Dime Novel Mormons, the latest volume in the series, collects four full-length dime novels that represent different aspects of the Mormon image in dime novels: Eagle Plume, the White Avenger. A Tale of the Mormon Trail (1870); The Doomed Dozen; or, Dolores, the Danite’s Daughter (1881); Frank Merriwell Among the Mormons; or, The Lost Tribes of Israel (1897); and The Bradys Among the Mormons; or, Secret Work in Salt Lake City (1903).

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Read a Q&A with the editors here.

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AuthorCast #55: This Month in Mormon Studies June 16 2017

 

Join co-hosts Brian Whitney (Greg Kofford Books) and Brandt Malone (Mormon News Report) in this lively look at the latest happenings in the field of Mormon studies, including news, blogs, new book releases, and events from the past month.

Highlights from this month include: MHA 2017, barbecue, Book of Mormon as literature, Joseph Smith: Monogamist?, LGBT history in Utah, new history of the Church, and David Bokovoy's mustache.


 

In the News

Passing of Nathan Ulrich
Passing of Charles S. Peterson
Administrative changes at Maxwell Institute

 
On the Blogs

Ardis Parshall, "The Sailor and the Apostle: 'The Thinking Has Been Done'?"
Ben Park, "LDS Church Distances Itself from Boy Scouts: Some Thoughts"
Matt B, "Ted Chiang, 'Arrival,' Mormons, Science Fiction, Angels, Time Travel, Sex, Free Will, The Tower of Babel, and the Secular: A Roundtable"
Michael Austin, "The Chosen People are Always Wrong"
Michael Austin, "Scripture as Genre"
Steve Evans, "Book Review Roundup"
Blair Hodges, "Troubling the Old Stories with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich"
Juvenile Instructor Summer Book Club Update
Jeff Turner, "The End of the Gathering: Mormonism and Immigration Regulation"
Grant Shreeve, "The Book of Mormon Gets the Literary Treatment"

Digital Content

Joseph Smith Papers updates
Signature Books updates at Archive.org

Podcasts

LDS Perspectives: "A Heavenly Mother - Rachel Steenblik and Caitlin Connolly"
LDS Perspectives: "Joseph's Seer Stones - Michael Hubbard MacKay"
LDS Perspectives: "Tough Questions about Mormon Polygamy - Brian and Laura Hales"
Year of Polygamy: "The Succession Crisis"
Year of Polygamy: "Lorenzo Snow"
Faith Matters: "Conversations with Terryl Givens"


Recent Book Releases
 

Joseph Smith Papers: Documents, Vol 5 (Church Historian's Press)
Seth Anderson, LGBT Salt Lake (Arcadia)
Joseph M. Spencer and Jeremiah John, Embracing the Law: Reading Doctrine and Covenants 42 (Maxwell Institute)
Mark D. Ogletree, No Other Success: The Parenting Practices of David O. McKay (BYU RSC)


Papers/Articles

Gerrit J. Dirkmaat, "A New Voice from the Past: The Council of Fifty Minutes"
Brady Winslow, "Irregularities in the Work of the Nauvoo Lodge: Mormonism, Freemasonry, and Conflicting Interests on the Illinois Frontier"
Brian C. Hales, "Joseph Smith: Monogamist or Polygamist?"
Colby Townsend, "Behold Other Scriptures I Would That Ye Should Write: Malachi in the Book of Mormon"
Joseph Spencer, "Isaiah 52 in the Book of Mormon: Notes on Isaiah's Reception History"
 

Conferences and Events

Faith Matters: "New Perspectives on Joseph Smith and Translation"
Mormon Scholars in the Humanities
Mormon Transhumanist Association
JSP Documents, Vol 5 release event at Benchmark Books
Mormon History Association 2017 Conference
Sunstone 2017 SLC Symposium
FairMormon 2017 Conference
John Whitmer Historical Association 2017 Conference
Book of Mormon Studies Conference

Call for Papers/Applications 

2018 Church History Symposium
2018 Mormon History Association Conference

 

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AuthorCast #41—Live event for Dime Novel Mormons March 24 2017


Kofford Books AuthorCast, hosted by Brian Whitney. In this episode, we are featuring a recording from a round table press event for Dime Novel Mormons that took place on March 17 at the Greg Kofford Books office. Dime Novel Mormons is the latest volume in The Mormon Image in Literature series, edited by Michael Austin and Ardis E. Parshall.


About the book:

For this volume, four full-length dime novels have been chosen to represent different aspects of the Mormon image in dime novels: Eagle Plume, the White Avenger. A Tale of the Mormon Trail (1870); The Doomed Dozen; or, Dolores, the Danite’s Daughter (1881); Frank Merriwell Among the Mormons; or, The Lost Tribes of Israel (1897); and The Bradys Among the Mormons; or, Secret Work in Salt Lake City (1903). The often-lurid and scandalous portrayals of Mormons in these dime novels had consequences for the relationship between Mormons and the rest of the United States. They would represent reality for millions of people, and the basic portrayals found their way into more serious literature. Understanding how these stereotypes were created and first employed can help us understand many things about the way that Mormonism has always functioned in American culture.

Preview the volume here.
Read a Q&A with the editors here.

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AuthorCast #40: This Month in Mormon Studies March 01 2017

 

Join co-hosts Brian Whitney (Greg Kofford Books) and Brandt Malone (Mormon News Report) in this lively look at the latest happenings in the field of Mormon studies, including news, blogs, new book releases, and events from the past month.


 

In the News

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich on NPR's Fresh Air 

Neylan McBaine, “As potters at the wheel, let us shape Utah from inside and outside” in SL Trib

Henry J. Eyring named president of BYU-Idaho

Updates to Joseph Smith Papers website


On the Blogs

“More Thoughts on Mormons and Muslims” by Paul Reeve

“The Modern Mormon Athletic Image” by Ben Park

“The Complexities of History in The Ensign” by Ben Spackman

“The Dance of Discourse” by Hannah Jung

Profile on Greg Kofford Books at AML by Andrew Hall

“Canon as Context: Insights from the Bible Wars” by Mike Austin

 

Recent Book Releases 

Scott Hales, The Garden of Enid: Adventures of a Weird Mormon Girl, Part Two (Greg Kofford Books)

Devery S. Anderson, Ed., Salt Lake School of the Prophets, 1867-1883 (Signature Books)

Reid L. Neilson and Nathan N. Waite, eds., Settling the Valley: Proclaiming the Gospel: The General Epistles of the Mormon First Presidency (Oxford University Press)

Jennifer Reeder and Kate Holbrook, eds., At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women (Church Historian's Press)

Book Reviews by Brandt

Ann Taves, Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths (Princeton University Press)

 
Events

Faith and Knowledge Conference

Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology

UVU Mormon Studies Conference

Kate Holbrook speaking at Tabernacle
 

Call for Papers/Applications 

Joseph Smith Papers Conference

 

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AuthorCast #34 — This Month in Mormon Studies, September 2016 November 11 2016

 

Join co-hosts Brian Whitney (Greg Kofford Books) and Brandt Malone (Mormon News Report) in this lively look at the latest happenings in the field of Mormon studies, including news, blogs, new book releases, and events!

Music by Starflyer 59 from their record SLOW.


 

In the News

Postdoctoral fellow and lecturer position at The University of Virginia

Maxwell Institute Executive Committee and Advisory Board

 

On the Blogs

The Beleagured Progress of LDS Women

SMPT Annual Meeting notes here, here, and here

The Sacrament: a (somewhat speculative) liturgical genealogy

Michael MacKay on changing views that seemed set in stone

On the Dating of Moroni 8-9

If Not 1890, What Year Did Mormonism Change the Most?

The JST at the JSP

 

Recent Book Releases 

Foundations of the Restoration: 45th Annual Brigham Young University Sidney B. Sperry Symposium, edited by Craig James Ostler

Joseph M. Spencer, The Vision of All: Twenty-five Lectures on Isaiah in Nephi's Record

Richard S. Van Wagoner, Natural Born Seer: Joseph Smith, American Prophet, 1805-1830

At Sword's Point, Part 2: A Documentary History of the Utah War, 1858-1859, edited by William P. MacKinnon

 

Recent and Upcoming Events

The Intellectual Life of Mormonism, Lecture 3

David F. Holland lecture at Maxwell Institute (video)

Roundtable Discussion for The Vision of All (video)

Sunstone Northwest 2016

 

Call for Papers

Mormon Scholars in the Humanities 2017 conference

Mormon Theology Seminar 2017

 

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AuthorCast #30 — This Month in Mormon Studies, July 2016 August 05 2016

 

Join co-hosts Brian Whitney (Greg Kofford Books) and Brandt Malone (Mormon News Report) in this lively look at the latest happenings in the field of Mormon studies, including news, blogs, new book releases, and events! Our special guest this month is Brittany Mangleson from Project Zion Podcast.

Music by Starflyer 59 from their record SLOW.


 

In the News

Radio West interview with Greg Prince

BYU Mormon Studies conversation group

Passing of Linda Hunter Adams

Internship with Church Historic Sites

On the Blogs

Jana Reiss, "Can Mormon women be witness to priesthood ordinances?"

Margaret Blair Young, "Race and Mormonism–2016 Edition (the less coy version)"

Aaron Brown, "Does the LDS Church Believe the Priesthood Ban was of Divine Origin or Not?"

Ardis Parshall, "A Stealthy Return to Bad Practices of the Past"

David G., "Heavenly Ledgers and Ghostly Specters: Two Recent Articles"

Blair Hodges, "For the church in Russia, sustaining doesn't mean agreeing"

Emily Grover, "Sister Wives of the Traveling Pants: Confronting My Polygamous Ancestry"

Joseph Stuart, "Death and the Historian's Empathy"

Recent Book Releases

Michael Austin and Ardis E. Parshall, eds., Boadicea; The Mormon Wife: Life-Scenes in Utah

Julie M. Smith, ed., Apocalypse: Reading Revelation 21-22

Stephen L. Prince, Hosea Stout: Lawman, Legislator, Mormon Defender

Scholarly Journals

Journal of Mormon History, Vol 42, No. 3 (July 2016)

Recent and Upcoming Events

Richard Bushman Colloquium now available online

2016 Science & Mormonism Symposium videos

2016 Sunstone SLC Summer Symposium

Latter-day Seekers

Daniel Stone's forthcoming biography William Bickerton

Wheatley Summer Seminar

BYU New Testament Commentary Conference

Upcoming Events and Call for Papers

2016 FairMormon Conference

2017 Mormon History Association Conference, call for papers

2016 Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology Seminar

2016 John Whitmer Historical Association Conference
 

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Authorcast #17 - Reading from Mark Lyman Staker January 07 2016

 

In our latest episode, author Mark Lyman Staker reads the prologue to Hearken, O Ye People: The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith's Ohio Revelations

 

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Authorcast #12 - Readings from Brian and Laura Hales November 18 2015

 

In our latest episode, Brian and Laura Hales read from Joseph Smith's Polygamy: Toward a Better Understanding.

 

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Check out other related projects from Brian and Laura:
Joseph Smith's Polygamy
Mormon Polygamy Documents