Whether initials carved into a tree or a message on a gravestone, humans want to leave a mark on the world, some kind of evidence of their existence. The historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich has studied the many ways early Mormons used diaries, quilts and other mementos to mark the passage of time. On Thursday, Ulrich joins us to talk about the implications these practices have on women in the Mormon community then and now.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, professor of history, Harvard University
Dr. Ulrich will deliver the Sterling M. McMurrin Lecture on Religion and Culture titled “Remember Me: The Inscription of Self in Nineteenth-Century Mormonism” on Friday, August 24 at 7 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 S., Salt Lake City. The lecture, sponsored by the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah, is free and open to the public.
You can also listen to lecture live on KCPW.
Dr. Ulrich will also be part of a panel discussion, “Latter-day Saint Women and Agency: A Historical Perspective” on Saturday, August 25 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Fort Douglas Officer’s Club, 150 S. Fort Douglas Blvd., University of Utah. The panel is part of the “Women and the LDS Church: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives Conference” and is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
As a child, Joanna Brooks often felt like “a root beer amongst the coca-colas,” an outsider because of her LDS faith. Still, she embraced the faith with gusto, but as she matured, she began to struggle with some of the religion’s tenets and faith became more complicated. Brooks explains the everyday experience of being Mormon in a new memoir and on Thursday, she joins us to share her journey from innocence to exile to faith on her own terms.
- Joanna Brooks, “The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith”
Joanna Brooks will speak about her new book, “The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of an American Faith,” on Thursday, August 23 at 7 p.m. at Weller Book Works, 607 Trolley Square, Salt Lake City.
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