Here are some lectures and online resources we think our readers will be interested in.
“Afflicting the comfortable,” lecture by Quincy D. Newell, sponsored by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Studies
Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:00 am
Education in Zion Theater, JFSB, BYU, Provo
If you enjoyed reading about Jane Manning James in BYU Studies Quarterly 57, no. 4, you will be interested in this lecture by the author of her biography.
BYU Sidney B. Sperry Symposium – “Give Ear to My Words: Text and Context of Alma 36-42”
Friday, October 25, 2019, 6:30-9:30 pm
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Joseph Smith Building (JSB), BYU.
Keynote address is by Tad R. Callister, Friday at 6:30. Other presenters are professors in BYU Religious Education and other institutions. Free admission, no registration required. Full schedule is here.
Recovering a Lost World: The LiDAR Revolution and Ancient Maya Warfare
Stephen D. Houston will be coming to BYU on Monday, October 28, to present “Recovering a Lost World: The LiDAR Revolution and Ancient Maya Warfare.” It will be at 4 pm in the Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni Center at BYU. The event is sponsored by the BYU Department of Anthropology and Book of Mormon Central. The lecture will be videotaped and posted later on Book of Mormon Central.
On Houston’s work using LiDAR, see this post from Brown University.
Houston is a renowned scholar in study of the Maya civilization. He is the author of “Classic Maya Religion: Beliefs and Practices of an Ancient American People,” in BYU Studies 38, no. 4. With Michael D. Coe, Houston has published The Maya, now in its ninth edition.
BYU Church History Symposium
March 12-13, 2020
The Department of Church History and Doctrine at BYU and the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announce the BYU Church History Symposium, March 12–13, 2020. The symposium will convene at Brigham Young University (March 12) and at the Conference Center Theater in Salt Lake City (March 13). Keynote speakers include Sheri Dew and Richard Lyman Bushman (March 12), and President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (March 13). Information will be posted here.
In 2015, the Church published this hefty tome, which “chronicles the work of many individuals over the first one hundred years of seminaries and institutes.” The stories told herein are inspirational, explaining the challenges and blessings experienced by leaders, teachers, and students. It is available for reading online.
The John A. Widtsoe Foundation, “expanding the global reach of LDS scholarship in association with an endowed Mormon Studies Chair at the University of Southern California,” has posted videos Church leaders and scholars speaking at their events. Speakers include Elder Uchtdorf, Elder L. Whitney Clayton, Thomas Wayment, John W. Welch, and others, as well as members of other denominations.
The Interpreter Foundation, whose publications are focused on the study of the scriptures, has posted Come, Follow Me videos as well as their conference presentations by scholars such as S. Kent Brown, Kerry Muhlestein, Thomas Wayment, Matthew Bowen, Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, and others.