Here is a version of the letter that I read to my students yesterday, the last day of our term. Needless to say, I admire these students and I will cherish the memory of the time we spent together. To end our semester together, this is an open letter to the students of RELG 134: [...]
I had the pleasure of speaking with Brandt and Brian of the Mormon News Report about the Race and the Making of the Mormon People back in September. I spent, perhaps too much, time explaining my own complicated relationships to both Mormonism and the African-American experience. I am an outsider to both, but an intimate one [...]
A highly eventful visit to HDS and AAR (about which I plan on writing this weekend!) and the holidays have got me behind on all things, especially documenting the goings-on of Race and the Making of the Mormon People. But during AAR, Quincy Newell's review of the book was posted at Reading Religion. Under the leadership [...]
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 [...]