Symposium – Faith and Reason, Conscience and Conflict: The Paths of Lowell Bennion, Sterling McMurrin, and Obert Tanner

When:
04/11/2014 – 04/12/2014 all-day
Where:
4/11 Lecture: SL Main Library (210 E 400 S) / 4/12 Symposium: Tanner Humanities Center (215 S. Central Campus Dr, Rm 143)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tanner Humanities Center
(801) 581-7989
Symposium - Faith and Reason, Conscience and Conflict: The Paths of Lowell Bennion, Sterling McMurrin, and Obert Tanner @ 4/11 Lecture: SL Main Library (210 E 400 S) / 4/12 Symposium: Tanner Humanities Center (215 S. Central Campus Dr, Rm 143)

Mormonism is often seen as a religion of conformity, with a hierarchy in tight control of members’ beliefs and behavior. Yet this perspective misses a rich tradition of intellectual independence and principled dissent. With an eye to the present and future, the University of Utah’s Tanner Humanities Center will offer a unique Symposium on the lives and legacies of Sterling M. McMurrin, Obert C. Tanner, and Lowell L. Bennion. All events are free and open to the public. More information at www.thc.utah.edu.

To keynote the symposium, Professor Kathleen Flake (Richard L. Bushman Chair of Mormon Studies at the University of Virginia) will deliver the 23rd annual Sterling McMurrin Lecture on Religion and Culture. In her lecture, titled “The LDS Intellectual Tradition: A Study on Three Lives,” Flake will consider the intellectual loves and conflicts of McMurrin, Tanner, and Bennion in relation to the religious culture out of which they came.

KEYNOTE LECTURE
“The LDS Intellectual Tradition: A Study on Three Lives”
Kathleen Flake (Richard L. Bushman Chair – University of Virginia)
Friday, April. 11 | 7:00 PM
Salt Lake Main Library Auditorium (210 E. 400 S.)

SYMPOSIUM
Saturday, April. 12 | Panels begin at 9:00 AM
Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities Bldg, Room 143 (215 S. Central Campus Dr.)

9:00-10:30 AM: Challenge of Conscience: Sterling M. McMurrin Panel
Bob Goldberg (Chair), Jack Newell, James Clayton, Brian Birch

11:00 AM-12:30 PM: Challenge of Loyalty: Lowell Bennion Panel
Irene Fisher (Chair), Greg Prince, Tony Morgan, Sam Allen, Emma Lou Thayne

1:30-3:00 PM: Challenge of Faith: Obert C. Tanner Panel
Greg Thompson (Chair), Kent Murdock, Bob Goldberg, Grethe Peterson

3:30-5:00 PM: Public Men and the Challenge of Their Private Worlds
Linda King Newell (Chair), Carolyn Tanner Irish, Ellen Bennion Stone, Charlotte Hansen Terry, Bill McMurrin

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