Narrative: 2014 Meeting at Claremont CA

Our 2014 meeting will take place at Claremont Graduate University March 27-29.

Guest speaker: With generous support from Patrick Mason, chair of Mormon Studies there, and James Faulconer, Richard L Evans Chair of Religious Understanding at BYU, we are pleased to hear from guest speaker Richard Kearney, Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College. He will speak Saturday, March 29, at 2 pm.

The conference theme is narrative.


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Registration and fees: You may register and pay the fees by credit card by going to the registration site at Please register by March 15. Fees are as follows:

Registration $65 includes Friday and Saturday lunches and amenities

Thursday dinner $20 (optional)

Friday dinner $20 (optional)

You may pay by check if you prefer, by March 15. Make to check to MSH and send to David Paxman, 423 E 1700 N, Mapleton, UT 84664.

Hotel: To take advantage of a group rate at the Claremont Doubletree Hotel, please contact by March 3.

Location: Claremont Graduate University is part of Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges and two graduate institutions located in Claremont CA. Nearest airport is Ontario CA.  Conference events will center on Stauffer Hall and Albrecht Auditorium, at the corner of Tenth Street and Dartmouth Ave, Claremont, CA.

Driving directions: FROM I-10 EAST OR WEST, exit Indian Hill Blvd and travel north.  Turn right on Sixth St. Turn left on College Ave, then right on Tenth St.

FROM THE I-210 EAST OR WEST, exit at Baseline / Padua and travel west. Turn left on Monte Vista Ave. Turn right on Foothill Blvd. Turn left onto College Ave, then left on Tenth St.

FROM ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, take the San Bernardino Freeway (10) west to the Indian Hill Blvd. exit. Turn right onto Indian Hill Blvd. and drive north approximately 1.5 miles. Make a right turn onto Tenth Street and drive east three blocks.

Schedule: See below for the tentative schedule. We anticipate a few changes, but the overall time frame should allow you to plan.

Selected papers from the 2013 conference, “The Mystical”

In response to your requests, many of our participants have agreed to let us post their papers from our conference on “The Mystical,” held at Brigham Young University March 15 and 16, 2013.

Conference at Southern Virginia University

MSH2012The sixth annual conference on May 18-19, 2012, was a great success. There were 35 presentations, including the keynote address by Darrick Hamilton of The New School. Each session included a full hour of discussion following three presentations. At the business meeting on May 19, the members in attendance elected Alan Goff as the new president of Mormon Scholars in the Humanities, William Silverman as vice president, and David Paxman as secretary/treasurer. Best wishes to our new leaders! See you next year!

Best Work Yet on Early Mormonism?

9780199793570So says the review on the blog, By Common Consent, of MSH member Samuel Brown’s new book, In Heaven as It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death (Oxford University Press, 2011). Those who care about Mormonism cannot pass up something that “fills a lacuna in Mormon historiography that utterly shifts the ground, presenting in the process something very close to a Grand Unified Theory of Smithian Mormonism.” Sam, we already knew you were amazing. The secret’s out. Love your site, too.

Matt Bowman’s New Book in NY Times

mormon_peopleMSH member Matthew Bowman recently published The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith with Random House. The New York Times review calls it “timely” and says — all too glibly —that it is “sober history, so sober it misses opportunities to be playful and pointed at once.” The reviewer wanted discussion of the Osmonds, “Big Love,” and John Krakauer. Thank you, Matt, for not pandering to the tastes of dilettantes.