2012 McMurrin Lecture on Religion and Culture with Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
"Remember Me: The Inscription of Self in Nineteenth-Century Mormonism"
August 24, 2012
This lecture will explore the many ways early Latter-day Saints used "life-writings"
and physical mementos to mark the passage of time, link themselves to friends and
family, and beg to be remembered. It will look at how institutional priorities, public
controversies, and family circumstances shaped their production and preservation,
and will consider the implications of these practices for the place of women in their
communities (then and now).
Dr. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is currently Phillips Professor of Early American History and 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University. She is the author of Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History (Vintage, 2008). Her book A Midwife’s Tale won the Pulitzer Prize in History, among other awards. Ulrich received her B.A. from the University of Utah, her M.A. from Simmons College, and her Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire. Ulrich is the recipient of MacArthur Fellowship and the author of numerous articles and essays.
The McMurrin Lecture with serve as the plenary address for a conference titled "Women and the LDS Church: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives," co-directed by Kate Holbrook, Specialist in Women’s History in the LDS Church History Department and the 2010-2011 Eccles Mormon Studies Fellow, and Matt Bowman, Professor of History at Hampden Sydney College and alumnus of the University of Utah. Four roundtable discussions will be held on Saturday, August 25 at the Fort Douglas Officer's Club Theater (150 S. Fort Douglas Blvd).