Mormonism and American Politics Conference, Feb 3-4

Friday, February 3rd, 2012 to Saturday, February 4th, 2012, 9am-5pm; 9am-2pm
Institute for Religion, Culture & Public Life
Columbia University
International Affairs Building, Room 1501
420 W 118th St.

With two Mormon candidates for the presidency and the recent unprecedented media attention given to Mormons recently, this conference on Mormonism and American Politics will take a broad view of the history of Mormon participation in American political life, from Joseph Smith’s 1844 run for the presidency to the Reed Smoot trials of the early 20th century and to the rise of Ezra Taft Benson during the Eisenhower administration, which ushered in a new era of Mormon identification with the Republican Party. The

Speakers include Randall BalmerRichard Bushman, Claudia BushmanJoanna Brooks, Matthew Bowman, Sarah Barringer Gordon, Jan Shipps, Trevor Hill, Meredith LeSueur, David Campbell, Russel Arben Fox, Max Perry Mueller, and Peggy Fletcher Stack. The Religious Test, a documentary about American voters’ perceptions of Mormons, will also be screened.

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