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February

Panel: Women’s Ordination in Catholicism and Mormonism

February 10, 2017 - HSSB 6020, University of California - Santa Barbara

Prof. Flake will participate in a dialogue comparing ordination theology and practice in the priesthoods of the Latter-day Saint and Catholic tradition.


March

Seminar: Professor John Turner

March 16, 2017 - UVA, Gibson Hall

John Turner, Associate Professor of American Religion, will speak to doctoral students on his forays into Mormon Studies, as well as his most recent book project and current research interests. Professor Turner is the author of "The Mormon Jesus: A Biography" (Harvard, 2016), "Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet" (Harvard, 2012); and "Bill Bright and Campus Crusade for Christ" (UNC, 2008).


September

Panel: Joseph Smith Lecture Pre-event

September 21, 2017 - Place TBA

Speaking on cooperative relations between religion and the state in refugee aid and resettlement, the panel will be comprised of representatives from religious organizations which contribute to refugee aid and resettlement organizations and a representative from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.

2017 Joseph Smith Lecture on Religious Liberty

September 22, 2017 - The Rotunda at the University of Virginia

The 2017 Joseph Smith Lecturer is Katrina Lantos Swett, President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice and former Chair, U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom, 2012-2015. Details forthcoming.

Annual Meeting: LDS Council on Mormon Studies

September 23, 2017 - UVA Nau Hall 341

The University welcomes the LDS Council on Mormon Studies for its fourth annual meeting.


January

Annual Meeting: American Society of Church History 2016

January 7, 2016 - Atlanta, GA

At the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Church History, Professor Flake will present her paper “The Abraham Mythos and Mormon Marriage, Early and Late” and serve as a member of the Society's Finance Committee. Doctoral student Bradley Kime will present his paper, "Religious Outsiders and the Catholic Critique of Protestantism in America."


February

Symposium: Early Saints Research Group

February 2, 2016 - Provo, UT

On behalf of UVA Mormon Studies and its Early Mormon Marriage Digital Humanities Project, Dr. Luther Tychonievich will introduce the Nauvoo Equivalencies Database. The Database is a tool for allowing the consortium of researchers to access each others data without having to merge files.

Seminar: Paper Workshop with Mae Speight

February 5, 2016 - UVA Gibson 441

Mae Speight will present for peer review her paper "Same-Sex Attraction, Sedgwick, and the Saints: The Emerging Mormon Discourse on Sexual Identity." The event is hosted by the Virginia Colloquium on American Religious History.

Seminar: A Conversation with Professors Richard and Claudia Bushman

February 19, 2016 - UVA Gibson 411

Religious Studies doctoral students will meet with Professors Richard and Claudia Bushman for a discussion on how to research and write Mormon history.

Meeting: LDS Council on Mormon Studies

February 20, 2016 - UVA Nau Hall

The Religious Studies Department welcomes the Latter-day Saint Council on Mormon Studies for its semi-annual planning meeting.

Service: UVA Jefferson Fellows Selection Committee

February 26, 2016 - Jefferson Foundation

Professor Flake serves on the Jefferson Fellowship Selection Committee. Established in 2001, the Jefferson Fellowship is the premier graduate fellowship offered at the University of Virginia. Based solely on merit, the Fellowship offered by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation and the University of Virginia seeks to attract Ph.D. and M.B.A. candidates who demonstrate outstanding achievement and the highest promise as scholars, teachers, public servants, and business leaders in the United States and beyond. Jefferson Fellows further the quality of education, intellectual life, and mission of the University. The Jefferson Fellowship covers the cost of attending the University, provides Fellows with a space to engage in research and collaborative conversations, and offers a variety of professional development and enrichment opportunities.


March

Conference: “The First Freedom in the 21st Century"

March 25, 2016 - Claremont Graduate University

Professor Flake will participate in a panel discussion on “The First Freedom in the 21st Century: Navigating the Shifting Terrain,” as part of a conference on"Religious Freedom, Politics, and Law in Contemporary America" and sponsored by The Howard W. Hunter Foundation and Claremont Graduate University's Mormon Studies Program.


April

Seminar: A Workshop with Professor Lincoln Mullen

April 1, 2016 - UVA Gibson 441

Assistant Professor Lincoln Mullen, George Mason University, will workshop his book manuscript, "The Varieties of Religious Conversion: The Origins of Religion as Choice in the United States," including a chapter on conversion in Mormonism. The Seminary is sponsored by the Virginia Colloquium on American Religion.

Colloquium: Joseph Smith Papers Web Design

April 8, 2016 - UVA Small Library Special Collections area

The Joseph Smith Papers Project web team, hosted by Professor Flake and William B. Kurtz, Digital Historian and Archivist for UVA's Nau Center for Civil War History, will discuss the web design in relation to document conceptualization, digital publishing, and historical contextualization.

Seminar: A Conversation with Prof. Alan Taylor

April 22, 2016 - UVA Gibson 441

Professor Alan Taylor, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Chair, UVA Corcoran Department of History, will meet with graduate students to discuss how to write history for an academic audience and the general reader. The Seminary is sponsored by the Virginia Colloquium on American Religion.


May

Publication: "Communalism and Millennialism"

May 2, 2016 - MacMillan Press

Bradley Kime co-authored an article with Matthew J. Grow titled "Mormon Communalism and Millennialism in Trans-Atlantic Context," to be published in Philip Lockley, ed., Philip Lockley, ed., Protestant Communalism in the Trans-Atlantic World, 1650-1850 (Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).


June

Annual Meeting: Mormon History Association 2016

June 9, 2016 - Snowbird, Utah

At the annual meeting of the Mormon History Association, Professor Flake will present her paper, "'There is No End to Priesthood': Nauvoo’s Marital Sealings in Light of the Book of Abraham."

Colloquium in Honor of Richard L. Bushman

June 17, 2016 - Brigham Young University

Professor Flake will chair two sessions of "A Scholars' Colloquium in Honor of Richard L. Bushman" at the Brigham Young University Maxwell Institute. Professor Flake is co-organizer and UVA Mormon Studies is one of several co-sponsors of the event.


July

Workshop: "Polygamy Debates"

July 28, 2016 - Radcliffe Instate for Advanced Study at Harvard University

By invitation, Professor Flake will participate in a workshop which will "bring together scholars working in the fields of history, religious studies, law, cultural studies, and literature to discuss nineteenth-century debates over polygamy within the context of a rejuvenated history of marriage and families that emerged in recent years in part because of interest in gay marriage."


August

Publication: "Ordering Antinomy”

August 1, 2016 - Journal of Religion and Culture

Professor Flake's article "Ordering Antinomy: Ante Bellum Mormonism’s Priestly Offices, Councils, and Kinship” will be published in the summer volume of the "Journal of Religion and American Culture."


September

Joseph Smith Lecture 2016 — Additional Event

September 8, 2016 - 7:00 p.m. @ UVA Law School, Caplin Pavilion

A panel entitled “'We, the people of the Kingdom of God,' the Mormon Alternative Political Order," will provide legal, historical and religious studies perspectives on the Council of Fifty Minutes," the first volume in the Joseph Smith Administrative Papers. For directions to the UVA Law School, see here.

Joseph Smith Lecture 2016

September 9, 2016 - 7:00 p.m. @ UVA Small Library Auditorium

Professor Alan Taylor, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History, will give the Second Annual Joseph Smith Lecture on Religious Liberty. He will speak on the tyranny of religious majorities in Early America. Parking close to the Library is available in the Central Grounds Parking Garage (Building #9)

Annual Meeting: LDS Council on Mormon Studies

September 10, 2016 - UVA Nau Hall 341

After three years of biannual meetings, and in recognition of the strength of the Mormon Studies program and confidence in its direction, the LDS Council will gather for the first of what will become annual business meetings in conjunction with the Joseph Smith Lecture on Religious Liberty.


November

Lecture: Elder Larry Echo Hawk on Public Service

November 11, 2016 - 11:30 a.m. @ UVA Law School

Elder Larry Echo Hawk, presently a General Authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is an attorney, legal scholar and former Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs in the Obama Administration. Previously he served as the elected Attorney General of Idaho, the first Native American elected to that position. He will speak at the UVA Law School on public service.

Lecture: Elder Larry Echo Hawk, “A Personal Perspective on the Book of Mormon”

November 11, 2016 - 7:00 p.m. @ Nau Hall 101

Elder Echo Hawk will speak on the nature and significance of the Book of Mormon from his personal perspective as a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and member of the Pawnee Nation with a lifetime of professional and political experience representing the interests and rights of Native American Tribes and Nations.


January

Publication: "Latter-day Saint Marriage Rites"

January 1, 2015 - Journal of Mormon History

Professor Flake's article, "The Development of Early Latter-day Saint Marriage Rites, 1831-1853," will appear in the Journal of Mormon History's 50th Anniversary issue.


March

Panel: Smithsonian National Museum of American History

March 20, 2015 - Washington, D.C.

Professor Flake will participate in a panel on the principle of religious freedom as incorporated into the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The panel leads the day-long discussion of “Religion in Early America: Religious Freedom” hosted by Smithsonian National Museum of American History. View the proceedings.


April

Lecture: George Mason University

April 13, 2015 - Fairfax, Virginia

Professor Flake will present a paper on “Modern Love and Mormon Marriage” to students in GMU's Religious Studies Department.


June

Panel: Center for Religion and American Culture

June 4, 2015 - Indianapolis, Indiana

At the Fourth Biennial Conference on Religion and American Culture, Professor Flake will present a short paper and participate on a panel on "What do we mean by “religion” in a time of “spirituality,” “lived religion,” and “non-religion”? The conference will be hosted by the Center for Religion and American Culture.


November

Annual Meeting: American Academy of Religion 2015

November 24, 2015 - Atlanta, GA

At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Bradley Kime will present his paper, "Religious Outsiders and the Catholic Critique of Protestantism in America," which includes a discussion of Mormonism's place in Catholic anti-Protestantism.


February

Presentation: Jefferson Literary and Debating Society

February 21, 2014 - The Lawn, Room 7

Prof. Flake will address UVA's Jefferson Literary and Debating Society on Mormonism's relation to U.S. law and politics. Her talk is entitled "Mormonism and the American Idea of a Church.”


March

Presentation: Inauguration of the Aileen H. Clyde 20th Century Women’s Legacy Archive

March 7, 2014 - University of Utah Marriott Library

Prof. Flake will speak a the University of Utah Marriott Library's inauguration of the Aileen H. Clyde 20th Century Women’s Legacy Archive on the topic of women's continuing historical anonymity.

Workshop: Religion in American History

March 16, 2014 - UVA

Prof. Flake will present on the topic of “Making Sense of American Church-State Relations in the 21st Century" at a University of Virginia Workshop for Virginia High School Teachers.


April

Lecture: The McMurrin Lecture on Religion and Culture

April 11, 2014 - Salt Lake City Public Library

Prof. Flake has been invited to give the University of Utah Tanner Center's Annual Stirling M. McMurrin Lecture on Religion and Culture. Entitled "The LDS Intellectual Tradition: A Study on Three Lives," her talk will consider the contributions of Stirling McMurrin, Lowell Bennion and Obert C. Tanner to Latter-day Saint understanding of the relationship between faith and reason.


June

Annual Meeting: Mormon History Association 2014

June 6, 2014 - San Antonio TX

Prof. Flake will serve as Chair and Respondent for the session “The Forms and the Power: Exploring Mormon Ritual.” Three papers will be presented: Ryan G. Tobler's "The Only Way to Be Saved: Early Mormonism and the Sacrament of Baptism," Jonathan A. Stapley's "Early Baby Blessings in Mormon Liturgy, Belief and Cosmology," and Justin Bray's "Mormon Women, Bread and Wine, and the Politics of Food."


September

Presentation: University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Lecture

September 12, 2014 - Nau Hall 101

The inaugural lecture for the Richard Lyman Bushman Professorship will be given by Kathleen Flake. Entitled "Mr. Jefferson and the Prophet Joseph Smith: Two Contraries,” the lecture will consider the particular usefulness of Mormonism as a research subject for Religious Studies, its variety of methods and questions.


October

Panelist: “The Study of Religion in the Academy.”

October 16, 2014 - UVA Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures

Prof. Flake will make a presentation to UVA graduate students on the subject of what it means to study religious beliefs, behaviors, and institutions from an academic and multi-disciplinary point of view which stresses systematic, historically based, and cross-cultural perspectives.


November

Annual Meeting: American Academy of Religion 2014

November 16, 2014 - San Diego CA

Prof. Flake will serve as commentator for a papers session jointly sponsored by the Mormon Studies Group and Sociology of Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion. The papers will considered ways of understanding Joseph Smith initial visionary experience in 1820.


December

Presentation: “Mormonism in Relation to Traditional Christianity.”

December 8, 2014 - University of Virginia

Prof. Flake has been invited to speak on the beliefs and practices of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the UVA's Ratio Christi, a student society designed to "explore the relevancy of Christian truth claims for the academy, discuss other belief systems, and seek truth in a non-threatening atmosphere."


September

Panel: Joseph Smith Lecture Pre-event

September 21, 2017 - Place TBA

Speaking on cooperative relations between religion and the state in refugee aid and resettlement, the panel will be comprised of representatives from religious organizations which contribute to refugee aid and resettlement organizations and a representative from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.

2017 Joseph Smith Lecture on Religious Liberty

September 22, 2017 - The Rotunda at the University of Virginia

The 2017 Joseph Smith Lecturer is Katrina Lantos Swett, President of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice and former Chair, U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom, 2012-2015. Details forthcoming.

Annual Meeting: LDS Council on Mormon Studies

September 23, 2017 - UVA Nau Hall 341

The University welcomes the LDS Council on Mormon Studies for its fourth annual meeting.