Tentative Schedule

BYU Salt Lake City Center


Friday, October 17, 2014

9:00–9:50 a.m.
Opening plenary session: Mormon Media Studies: Where Are We?

Jan Shipps
Jan Shipps is professor emeritus of religious studies and history at Indiana University–Purdue University, and one of the foremost scholars of Mormonism. She is the author of Mormonism: The Story of a New Religious Tradition and a senior editor of The Journals of William McLellin, 1831-1836, the earliest extended account of the Mormon experience. Shipps was the first non-Mormon (and first woman) elected president of the Mormon History Association. Her articles about the Latter–day Saints have been published in a variety of academic and popular journals, and her book Sojourner in the Promised Land: Forty Years Among the Mormons combines her personal experiences among the Mormons with a lifetime of study and observation.

J.B. Haws, BYU
Dan Stout, BYU–Idaho
Hosted by Brigham Young University–Idaho Department of Communication


10:00–10:50 a.m.

Session A: When Broadway Meets Mollywood: Mormonism and Popular Culture

Mormon Wrestling for Jesus: Not!
Dan Stout, BYU–Hawaii

LDS Temple Square and Mormonism on the Periphery: How the Church Discursively Constructs Identity Using the Discourse of them Museum
David Scott, Utah Valley University

Shaping Mormon Masulinity: Book of Mormon Action Heroes
Chiung Hwang Chen, BYU–Hawaii

Religious Memetics: Institutional Memes in Mormon Popular Culture
Ben Burroughs, University of Iowa

Session B: "The Most Indubitable Proofs" of the Mormon Problem: The Mountain Meadows Massacre in the Ninteenth-Century American Popular Press
Janeice Johnson

11:00–11:50 a.m.
Session A: "A Scholar and Historian of the Court": Merlo J. Pusey’s 20th Century Washington Post Editorials

Ed Carter, BYU

Session B: Barbara B. Smith’s Media Presence: Shaping the LDS Women Identity during the ERA Movement
Mary Jane Woodger, BYU

Noon–1:30 p.m.
Break for Lunch on your own

Dessert, hosted by BYU Department of Communications


1:30–2:20 p.m.
Plenary session: How Can Latter-day Saints respond to Elder Bednar’s call to “Sweep the Earth with a Flood”?

Bob Walz, BYU,; Others TBA

2:30–3:20 p.m.

Session A: Religious self-representation

Church Websites: How Major American Christian Denominations Present Themselves to the World
Hayden Coombs, Lane Williams, BYU–Idaho

Are Young Latter-day Saints Using Media to Share the Message of the Church?
Lane Williams, BYU–Idaho


Session B: Contemporary Mormon Identity

The Mormon Identity
J.B. Haws, BYU

Media and Mormons
John Gee, BYU

3:30–4:20 p.m.

Session A: 19th Century Mormon Identity

Framing Mormons: New York City’s Press and the Mormon’s Depictions of Latter-day Saints, 1850-1857
Joel Campbell, Matt Curtis, BYU

Artemus Ward, the forgotten influence of the “genial showman’s” Mormon lecture on public opinion and the LDS Church
Kris Boyle, Joel Campbell, BYU


Session B: Two Perspectives: Church news scrapbooking and foray into radio

“Gather Up and Preserve a History”: Scrapbooks and the (Joseph Smith Papers) LDS Church Historian’s Office
Robin Scott Jensen, Joseph Smith Papers

In–tune with God and Radio: KZN and the LDS Church’s Discursive Approach to Radio as a New Medium, 1922–1927
Gavin Feller, Iowa


Session C: Sharing the message about Mormons

Latter–day Profiles
Brian Howard, H. John Thompson, BYU–Idaho

4:30–5:30 p.m.
Reflections on the Symposium with Jan Shipps

Jan Shipps, IUPUI and Sherry Bakey, BYU