The Uncanny Mormon Smile (feat. Kathryn Lofton)

Hosted by Stephen Betts. 

I’m joined today by Kathryn Lofton, Lex Hixon Professor of Religious Studies and American studies, Professor of History and Divinity, and Dean of Humanities at Yale University. Professor Lofton is the author of Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon and Consuming Religion. She has also served as Editor-at-Large for The Immanent Frame and currently co-edits the Class 200 New Studies in Religion with John Lardas Modern for the University of Chicago Press. We’re discussing her 2022 Smith-Pettit Lecture, “A Brief History of the Mormon Smile,” delivered at the Mormon History Association conference earlier this year.