Religious Studies

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Religious Studies Department Lecture Event

Constructing Mormonism: Villains and Martyrs in the American Saga

Research Hall, #163
March 4, 2013, 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Please join us on March 4th for a special lecture event featuring Dr. Terryl L. Givens, Professor of Literature and Religion, University of Richmond. Below is an abstract for this lecture. We look forward to seeing you there.

Constructing Mormonism: Villains and Martyrs in the American Saga

In the 19th century, American fears of a burgeoning Mormonism that was radically novel in its beliefs and practices coincided with Mormon desires to exhibit their own exceptionalism and chosen status. The collective result was the construction of a quasi-ethnicity that served the ends of both parties well – until developments of the early 21st century complicated the politics of Mormon identity.

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