CityViews 9/11/12: “Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet”/Why Mars Matters

 

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According to a new biography, Brigham Young “was viewed by his followers as an indispensable protector and by his opponents as a theocratic, treasonous heretic.” Either way, Brigham Young left an indelible footprint on the American West. Religious studies scholar John Turner has written a provocative portrait of Young and on Tuesday, he joins us to talk about what the New Yorker is calling “a definitive biography of Mormonism’s greatest activist and apostle.”

Guest:

  • John Turner, assistant professor of religious studies, George Mason University

John Turner will speak about his new biography “Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet” at the following events:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 4:30 p.m., Utah State University, Old Main, room 225, Logan;
  • Thursday, Sept. 13 at 11 a.m., Brigham Young University, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Varsity Theater, Provo;
  • Thursday, Sept. 13 at 5:30 p.m., Benchmark Books, 3269 S. Main St., Suite 250, Salt Lake City.

 

 

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It’s been over a month since NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars, an achievement that stretches our knowledge about the Red Planet and, more broadly, helps define who we are in the universe. On Tuesday, we talk about why Mars matters to science, innovation and humanity at large.

Guest:

  • Marjorie Chan, University of Utah geologist

Chan will speak on “Why Mars Matters,”  as part of the “Night School” quarterly lecture series presented by the Clark Planetarium on Thursday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. at the Clark Planetarium. Tickets are $2 (free for members) and light refreshments follow.

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