I'm thrilled to return to my alma mater, Harvard Divinity School (MTS '08) to present my book, Race and the Making of the Mormon People. I'd like to thank Charlie Stang, the new director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, for this invitation. Professor Stang has new and exciting things in the works [...]
Here is my review of Thomas W. Simpson's award-winning book, American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism (The University of North Carolina Press, 2016), just published in the Southern California Quarterly (Vol. 99 No. 4, Winter 2017 (pp. 480-83)).
I had the pleasure of talking with Laurie Goodstein, the New York Times' great "religion beat" writer about the Mormon resonances in Arizona Senator Jeff Flake's remarkable speech from the Senate floor this past Tuesday. I have three more thoughts about it: First, the Senator gave the most forceful and formal public rebuke of Trump and Trumpism [...]
According to my day planner, today is the 296th day of the year. For the last 295 days, I have ran at least two miles each day; most seven or eight. And on the weekends more (okay, there were five days when I ran one--four when I was sick; the other one-mile-day was after my [...]
Today was a gorgeous day in Nebraska. Sunny, a bit windy, dry. And a day "off" from school. UNL is on fall break (which means I worked on a new grant application, for the Wakara's World project). But today, perhaps because I had the "room" mentally to do so--I wasn't fretting about book promotion, or the weather [...]
At the Junto blog, I had the chance to "sit down" with the great Christopher Jones (for whom we will all work one day) about Race and the Making of the Mormon People. Below I cite "Reading Rainbows" and the Book of Mormon! Fun times! JUNTO: One of the signal contributions of your book (and one [...]
My friend and colleague Ben Park reviewed Race and the Making of the Mormon People at the Junto blog on early American history. (Ben's new book, American Nationalisms: Imagining Union in an Age of Revolutions, looks very promising). Though I'm both a historian and a "religious studies scholar," that's the end of my quibbling with Ben's thoughtful review! Relatedly, [...]