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Announcing: Season 2 of the Scholars & Saints Podcast

University of Virginia, Mormon Studies Program

The second season of Scholars & Saints has begun! New host, UVA Ph.D. student Nicholas Shrum, will explore some of the most pressing issues and cutting-edge methods in Mormon Studies and putting them in conversation with scholarship from the discipline of Religious Studies.

Recently Released Episodes

Season 2 Episode 1 – What is Mormon Studies? (feat. Patrick Q. Mason)

What is Mormon Studies? How does one do it? In what way does it fit into the broader field of Religious Studies? In this all-new season of Scholars & Saints, UVA Religious Studies Ph.D. student Nicholas Shrum goes back to the basics of the discipline with renowned LDS historian and Utah State University professor Patrick Q. Mason. The two discuss Dr. Mason’s personal journey to Mormon Studies, his experience in making it educationally accessible and engaging, and his broader insights into the field.

Season 2 Episode 2 – From History to Mormon Studies (feat. Matthew Bowman)

What do an archeologist, historian, philosopher, and literary critic have in common? They’re all members of the Department of Religion at Claremont Graduate University! Continuing our series on Mormon studies in the academy, Dr. Matthew Bowman, the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at CGU joins host Nicholas Shrum to discuss his own journey to Mormon studies as a trained historian, how Mormon studies emerged as an interdisciplinary field, the history of its foundational authors and scholars, and the current and future state of Mormon studies scholarship at CGU and beyond.  

What is Scholars and Saints?

Scholars & Saints is the official podcast of the University of Virginia’s Mormon Studies program, housed in the Department of Religious Studies. Scholars & Saints is a venue of public scholarship that promotes respectful dialogue about Latter Day Saint traditions among laypersons and academics. On this podcast, we dive into the academic study of Mormonism, engage recent and classic scholarship, interview prominent and up-and-coming thinkers in the field and reflect on Mormonism’s relevance to the broader study of religion.

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