The Salt Lake Mormon Studies Student Association will host Brian Cannon, Professor of History at BYU, on February 25, 2010 at 7 pm for a public lecture entitled: “Many Refractions of Light: Historians’ Treatment of Divine Influence in LDS History.” The lecture will be held on the University of Utah Campus in the Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building, room 101 (main floor).
Abstract: “My survey examines the challenges that historians have faced in reconciling their religious convictions with their academic training and professional standards. My paper begins with the first generation of LDS historians like Andrew Love Neff and Thomas C. Romney trained in the decade and a half prior to World War II; follows the experiences and influence of Leonard Arrington, his peers and his protégés through the 1960s, 70s and 80s; discusses the emergence of BYU as a focal point for LDS history in the 1960s and the controversies that arose from writing LDS history at BYU and in the Church Historical Department under Arrington; and surveys trends over the past 15 years (post-New Mormon History).”
Map and Directions: There is a bit of construction in the area, so I’m putting up this map to show where to go to get to the building and parking area [click on the image to get the full size]:
So, follow the arrows, that’s 500 S. (starts out as 400 S. and turns into 500 S.), go until Mario Capecchi Drive and turn left. Follow Mario Capecchi until you come to the Legacy Bridge. As you pass under it, get into the left lane cuz you will be turning left almost immediately after at the stoplight. This is Wasatch Drive. Turn left at Wasatch Drive. Turn left at the third turn into a parking area. There is a sign at the entrance. Here is a picture:
Go straight, it will twist around and you’ll come to another sign just like this one pictured. As you can see on the map, you’ll have to turn a bit into the red parking area. The Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Building is circled on the above map. Parking is free after 6 pm and there should be plenty of it by then. Please use this parking area as it is free and we cannot validate parking in the pay visitor lot.
Dinner: We will meet for dinner at Moochie’s (232 E. 800 S. Salt Lake City) at 5:15 p.m. From there it’s just a short drive to campus. Here is a map. The easiest way to get from Moochie’s to the lecture is just to go north up to 400 S. and following that street East until it turns into 500 S. and then refer to the map posted above.
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