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FS-50026-04Education Programs: Seminars for Higher Education FacultyBrigham Young UniversityJoseph Smith and the Origins of Mormonism: Bicentennial Perspectives10/1/2004 - 9/30/2005$119,558.00Grant Underwood   Brigham Young UniversityProvoUT84602USA2004U.S. HistorySeminars for Higher Education FacultyEducation Programs11955801195580

A six-week summer seminar for college teachers on the place of Joseph Smith and Mormonism in the American cultural landscape.

The year 2005 marks the bicentennial of the birth of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon religion. Over the past half-century, scholars have explored how Joseph Smith and the Latter-day Saint past can be used to address larger questions of American cultural and religious history. Mormon studies have proliferated to the point that historian Nathan Hatch observed that “early Mormonism may soon rival the Puritans as the most studied of American religious phenomena.” In the face of such an outpouring, the bicentennial provides a timely occasion to take stock of this scholarship. What was it in American culture that allowed a religion like Mormonism to flourish? What questions did Joseph Smith and the Mormon experience pose for American society?