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2011 Conferences

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2011 SMPT Annual Meeting Schedule

Theme:  "Serving God with Our Minds —
The Place of Philosophy, Theology, and Scholarship in a Prophetic Church"
Date:  April 7-9, 2011
Location:  Ernest L. Wilkinson Student Center and Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
Cost:  Free and Open to the Public

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Thursday, April 7th

3:00 pm 
WSC 3380 
Welcome, Presidential remarks
   Daniel Peterson, Brigham Young University
 
William Chamberlin Session
The Exile of Theology
   Rachael Givens, Brigham Young University
4:15 pm 
WSC 3380 
Concurrent Sessions
The Parable of the Twelve Servants
   Morgan Davis, Brigham Young University
WSC 3252  Ethical Egoism and the Restored Gospel
   Darin Gates, Brigham Young University
5:00 pm  Dinner Break
7:30 pm 
Varsity 
Theater 
Featured Plenary
BYU as a Religious University: Thriving in a Secular Academic World and a Prophetic Church
   Alan Wilkins, Brigham Young University

Friday, April 8th

8:20 am 
Varsity 
Theater 
Business Meeting
9:00 am 
Varsity 
Theater 
Featured Plenary
An Averroean Discussion of the Role of Philosophy, Theology, and Scholarly Reflection within the LDS Church
   Daniel Peterson, Brigham Young University
10:00 am 
Varsity 
Theater 
Concurrent Session
After the Manner of Their Language: Hermeneutics of Prophetic Discourse
   Steven Peck, Brigham Young University
WSC 3380  The Ontology of Divinity
   Blake T. Ostler, attorney
11:00 am 
Varsity 
Theater 
Concurrent Session
Nephi as a Disciple-Scholar
   David Grandy, Brigham Young University
WSC 3380  Body, Heart and Mind: Towards a Mormon Feminist Epistemology
   Diedre Green, Claremont Graduate University
12:00 pm  Lunch Break
1:30 pm 
Varsity 
Theater 
Concurrent Session
The Role of Theology in the Devotional Life
   Sheila Taylor, Graduate Theological Union
WSC 3380  Art and Philosophy of Art in the Restored Church: Philosophers and Artists in Dialogue, Part I
   Sharon Adams, University of Colorado at Boulder (panelist)
   Travis Anderson, Brigham Young University (panelist)
   Patrick Devonas, artist, instructor, Carl Bloch Academy
   Andrew Kosorok, William Whitaker, J Kirk Richards (respondents)
   Julie Williamsen, Brigham Young University (moderator)
2:30 pm 
Varsity 
Theater 
Concurrent Session
Dangerous Liaisons: Mormonism and the Critical Study of Religion
   Brian Birch, Utah Valley University
Liberal Education in the Desert: Secular Failures and BYU's Potential
   Benjamin Huff, Randolph-Macon College
WSC 3380  Art and Philosophy of Art in the Restored Church: Philosophers and Artists in Dialogue, Part II
   Andrew Kosorok, William Whitaker, J Kirk Richards (panelists)
   Sharon Adams, Travis Anderson, Patrick Devonas (respondents)
   Ira Gagon, Artist Guild International (moderator)
4:00 pm 
HBLL 
3714 
Featured Plenary
Witnessing the Covenant: Toward a Resolution of Conflicting Baptismal Imagery in Scripture
   Noel Reynolds, Brigham Young University
5:00 pm  Dinner Break
7:30 pm 
HBLL 
3714 
Featured Plenary
Critics or Caretakers? The Paradoxes of Scholarship and Sainthood
   Patrick Mason, University of Notre Dame (Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at
   Claremont Graduate University as of Fall 2011)

Saturday, April 9th

9:00 am 
Varsity 
Theater 
Featured Plenary
William Chamberlin and the Place of Philosophy, Theology and Scholarship in a Prophetic Church
   Jim McLachlan, Western Carolina University
10:00 am 
Varsity 
Theater 
Concurrent Session
Seerhood, Translation, and the Quest to Relate
   Samuel Brown, Intermountain Medical Center, Salt Lake City
WSC 3380  Alma, Korihor, and Marx: Thematic Interdependence in Alma XVI — or, reading latter-day scriptures "in context"
   Gordon Thomasson, Retired (Now Independent Scholar)
11:00 am 
Varsity 
Theater 
Concurrent Session
Peter's Tears
   Steven Olsen, LDS Church History Department
WSC 3380  Mormon Theology and Issues of Justice within Zion
   R. Collin Mangrum, A. A. & Ethel Yossem Endowed Chair in Legal Ethics, Creighton University
   School of Law
12:00 pm  Lunch Break
2:00 pm 
Varsity 
Theater 
Concurrent Session
Are Christians Mormon?
   David Paulsen, Brigham Young University
WSC 3380  Would God That All the Lord's People Were Prophets: Liberation Theology and Scholars as Prophets for the Oppressed
   Loyd Ericson, Claremont Graduate University
3:00 pm 
Varsity 
Theater 
Concurrent Session
Elyonic Monotheism is not Social Trinitarianism
   Sanjay Merchant, Grand Canyon University
WSC 3380  In the Service of Love and Truth: Kierkegaard and Marion on the Teacher-Disciple without Authority
   Jacob Baker, Claremont Graduate University
4:00 pm 
HBLL 3714 
Featured Plenary
Further Reflections on Loving God with All the Mind
   Jack Welch, Robert K. Thomas University Professor of Law, Brigham Young University Law School

American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting
(SMPT Sponsored Session
)

Location: San Francisco, California

TBA

TBA (between Nov. 19-22, 2011)

Religion, Violence, and the State: A Mormon Argument
   Patrick Mason, Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies, Claremont
   Graduate University

Responding:
   Robert Rees, Graduate Theological Union

 

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