The 2017 Annual Meeting will be held at Boston University, May 26–27, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference theme is “Wisdom” and our keynote speakers are Dr. Terryl L. Givens and Dr. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.


The complete conference schedule is available here.

May 25 • Check in to on-campus housing available at 3 pm

May 26 • 8:30 am Registration
• 9 am – 5:15 pm Conference Sessions
• 6–8 pm Banquet and Anniversary Roundtable

May 27 • 8 am Business Meeting
• 9 am – 6:30 pm Conference Sessions

May 28 • Check out from on-campus housing by 11 am

Sessions will be 90 minutes. Presenters should plan on 20 minute papers, with 30 minutes for questions and discussion at the end of each session.


Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts


All those presenting a paper at the conference need to register.

Online: Register and pay the conference fee by credit card at Please register by May 15, 2017. 

By check: Checks made out to MSH may be mailed to David Paxman, 423 E 1700 N, Mapleton, UT 84664, by May 15, 2017.


Registration: All participants must register in order to present their paper.

$150 Professional/Independent Scholar (includes Friday banquet)

$125 Graduate Student (includes Friday banquet)

The conference is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to support MSH through a small donation to help cover the conference costs. Suggested amounts: $15 for one day, $25 for both days. Donations can be made at the conference itself.

$50 additional ticket(s) for the Friday banquet (optional)

Please note: we will be accepting donations to our MSH Graduate Student Travel Fund throughout the conference at the registration table. Donations will be awarded after the conference to qualifying graduate students. Due to regulations, we cannot accept donations via the online form at this time.


A limited number of private on-campus rooms at 10 Buick Street have been reserved at a conference rate of $84/night ($104/night with parking).

Complete details, as well as reservations, are available at the following link:

We encourage participants to stay at 10 Buick Street if at all possible in order to help MSH meet the housing commitment that was necessary to make in order to hold the conference at the Boston location. 

If you want to make a reservation with a specific roommate, please talk with the roommate and determine which of you will place the reservation (reservations can be made under 1 name for multiple people). The person who does not make the reservation personally will need to then reimburse the other as they arrange. Reservations will be segregated by gender unless submitted otherwise.

10 Buick Street is an apartment-style, air-conditioned residence hall. Each apartment consists of four single-occupancy bedrooms, kitchen, common room (with tv), and two bathrooms. Kitchens are not stocked with utensils or other kitchenware, but do include refrigerator, stove, and microwave. Bed and bath linens, as well as soap and shampoo, are provided.

The Buick Street Market & Café, located on the ground floor, provides convenience food items including whole meal solutions, organic and natural options, a grab ‘n’ go section, and features a Dunkin’ Donuts, Charles River Bread Company for gourmet sandwiches, and Loose Leafs for tossed-to-order salads.


For those flying into the Boston Logan International Airport, there are a variety of transportation options available, including rental cars, taxis, shuttles, and subway.


Terryl L. Givens was born in upstate New York, raised in the American southwest, and did his graduate work in Intellectual History (Cornell) and Comparative Literature (Ph.D. UNC Chapel Hill, 1988), working with Greek, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and English languages and literatures. As Professor of Literature and Religion, and the James A. Bostwick Professor of English at the University of Richmond, he teaches courses in Romanticism, nineteenth century cultural studies, and the Bible and Literature. He has published in literary theory, British and European Romanticism, Mormon studies, and intellectual history.

Dr. Givens has authored and edited several books, including (with Phil Barlow) The Oxford Handbook to MormonismWrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought (Oxford 2014); The Columbia Sourcebook of Mormonism in America (with Reid Neilson, Columbia 2014); Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (with Matthew Grow, Oxford 2011); When Souls had Wings: PreMortal Life in Western Thought (Oxford 2010); The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2009); Joseph Smith: Reappraisals After Two Centuries (with Reid Neilson, Columbia 2008); People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture(Oxford 2007); By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion (Oxford 2003); The Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy(Oxford 1997; revised 2013); Current projects include volume 2 of the History of Mormon Thought and a history of the Pearl of Great Price. He has also published two books with his wife Fiona: The God Who Weeps (Shadow Mountain, 2012) and The Crucible of Doubt (Deseret 2014). He lives in Montpelier, Virginia.

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is known for her books on early New England, but she is not a native of the region. She grew up among the potato farms and sagebrush of eastern Idaho in a town that was on the main highway to Yellowstone National Park. On clear days, which were common, you could see the Grand Tetons in the distance. Her western upbringing accounts for her Rocky Mountain accent and for her fascination with the way New England history came to dominate national culture. She remembers in second grade sitting cross-legged in a pseudo-Indian costume reciting lines from Longfellow’s Hiawatha, and she remembers driving through the lava-filled moonscape of southern Idaho singing “Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandmother’s House We Go.”

She came to New England in 1960 with her husband, Gael Ulrich, who completed an Sc.D. in Chemical Engineering at MIT. She completed her own graduate work at the University of New Hampshire while raising her five children. She came to Harvard in 1995 and now lives in Cambridge.

Her books include: Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007; Yards & Gates: Gender in Harvard and Radcliffe History. Editor. New York: Palgrave, 2004; The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001; A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785–1812. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990; and Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650–1750. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1982.