Did you know that most meetings of the Miller Eccles Study Group since September 2012 are available as podcasts? Thanks to a cooperative arrangement between Miller Eccles and Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, if you have to miss a meeting, you can listen to it on your smartphone or computer. What a great way to make productive use of the time when you’re driving, exercising, or working on repetitive tasks that do not require your complete mental focus!
For the past fifty years, Dialogue has been the premier journal of LDS scholarship and we are privileged that our meetings are featured as Dialogue podcasts. It is one of the factors that has made Miller Eccles the best-known Mormon study group in the world.
There are two ways to download the recordings. You can go to the iTunes Store (enter “Dialogue Journal” in the search box) and subscribe to the Dialogue podcast (they are free). Alternatively, you can go directly to the “Podcast” page of the Dialogue website.
Here is a list of Dialogue Miller Eccles podcasts with links to the where they can be found.
1. David E. Campbell. “A Peculiar People? Mormons’ Niche in the Political Ecosphere.” Dr. Campbell is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Notre Dame University and co-author of the bestseller American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us. (9/14/2012)
2. John G. Turner. “Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet.” Dr. Turner is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at George Mason University and author of an enormously popular biography of Brigham Young, published by Harvard University Press. (10/9/2012)
3. Robert Rees and Caitlin Ryan. “Supportive Families, Heathy Children: Productively Working With our Gay and Lesbian Youth.” Dr. Rees teaches Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley; Dr. Ryan, a pioneer in LGBT studies, is Director of the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University. (11/9/2012)
4. William Bradshaw, Robert Rees, Morris Thurston and Mitch Mayne. “Roundtable Discussion of the Church’s Mormons & Gays Website.” Not long after our presentation on “Supportive Families, Healthy Children,” the Church went live with a new website called “Mormons@Gays.org.” In this podcast, a BYU Biology professor, a Berkeley Mormon Studies professor, a lawyer, and an openly gay man — all active Church members — discuss their thoughts about the new site. (12/12/2012)
5. Sarah Barringer Gordon. “The Legalization of Utah for Statehood.” Dr. Gordon is Professor of Law and History at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a nationally recognized scholar and commentator on religion in American public life. In this podcast, she discusses the role of lawyers in making Utah ready for statehood. (2/22/2013)
6. Terryl and Fiona Givens. “What We Learned from Writing The God Who Weeps.” Terryl Givens is Professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond and author of several highly-regarded books on Mormon theology. He and his wife, Fiona, a native of Kenya and a convert to the Church, discuss their Deseret Book bestseller, The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life. (4/12/2013)
7. Eric A. Eliason. “J. Golden Kimball Stories.” Dr. Eliason is Professor of Folklore at Brigham Young University and author of The J. Golden Kimball Stories, a collection of yarns attributed to one of our most colorful General Authorities ever. (5/17/2013)
8. Armand L. Mauss. “Shifting Borders and a Tattered Passport: The Intellectual Journey of a Mormon Academic.” Dr. Mauss, a longtime Professor of Sociology at Washington State University, former chair of the Dialogue Board of Directors, active member of the Miller Eccles Study Group, and respected author and thinker, discusses his recently-published memoir. (6/21/2013)
9. Joseph & Marilyn Bentley. “Mormons and the Holy Land.” The Bentleys served as public relations directors for the BYU Jerusalem Center. In this podcast they discuss the work they did for the Center and give a history of the Church’s involvement in the Holy Land. (7/19/2013)
10. Laurie Maffly-Kipp. “Proclamation to the People: Nineteenth-Century Mormonism and the Pacific Basin Frontier.” Dr. Kipp, a professor at the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University, St. Louis, speaks on the subject of the book she co-edited with Reid Neilson, bearing the same title as her presentation. (10/18/2013)
11. Robert Kirby. “Hold to the Ironic Rod: Mormons and Humor?” Robert Kirby is the beloved humor and culture columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune. His insightful (yet hilarious) presentation is a must-listen. (11/15/2013)
12. David Bokovoy. “Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis through Deuteronomy.” Professor Bokovoy teaches at the University of Utah and is working on a trilogy of books on the origin of the Old Testament. In this presentation he discusses the recently-published first book of the trilogy. (1/17/2014)
13. Philip Barlow. “The Joseph Smith in our Heads is Too Small.” Dr. Barlow is head of the Mormon Studies program at Utah State University and a past president of the Mormon History Association. His Mormons and the Bible is the classic work on that subject. (2/21/2014)
14. Brandon Plewe. “Mapping Mormonism; Cartographical Depictions of LDS History.” BYU professor Brandon Plewe is the primary editor of the book Mapping Mormonism, which won the 2013 Mormon History Association Best Book award. A fascinating book and a fascinating presentation. (3/14/2014)
15. David Stewart & Matt Martinich. “Reaching the Nations: Growth of the Church — Facts and Myths.” Stewart and Martinich, authors of an exhaustive almanac of Church growth, tackle the sticky question of whether the Church is growing and, if so, where. (4/11/2014)
16. Valerie Hudson. “Sex and World Peace: How Gender Treatment Affects Political Stability.” Texas A&M professor (and former BYU professor) Valerie Hudson talks about how a society’s treatment women directly affects the quality of life, which she explores in greater depth in her bestselling book, Sex and World Peace, published by Columbia University Press. (5/16/2014)
17. Adam Miller. “Letters to a Young Mormon.” Philosophy professor Adam Miller encourages Mormons young and old to live in a way that refuses to abandon either life or Mormonism, and he explores what it means to be, as a Mormon, free, ambitious, repentant, faithful, informed, prayerful, selfless, hungry, chaste, and sealed. (9/19/2014)
18. Craig Harline. “Way Below the Angels.” BYU professor Craig Harline talks about his often hilarious but oh-so-true memoir of his mission to Belgium, subtitled “the pretty clearly troubled but not even close to tragic confessions of a real live Mormon missionary.” (10/24/2014)
19. David F. Holland. “Full of Eyes Both Before and Behind: Joseph Smith as American Prophet and Ancient Historian.” Harvard Divinity School professor David Holland compares Joseph Smith to two other American religious figures of his era, Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Science movement, and Ellen White, leader of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. (11/22/2014)
20. Neylan McBaine. “Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact.” Neylan McBaine, founder and editor-in-chief of the Mormon Women Project, discusses some of the ideas contained in her best-selling book about how to more fully utilize Mormon women on a local level. (1/16/2015)
21. Eric D. Huntsman. “The Search for the ‘Real’ Jesus of Nazareth: The Jesus of Faith, History, and Revelation.” Dr. Huntsman, Associate Professor of Ancient Scripture at BYU, discusses various Biblical scholars’ “quests” for the historical Jesus and how he uses those same methodologies to arrive at more faith-affirming conclusions. (5/8/2015)
22. W. Paul Reeve. “Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness.” Dr. Reeve, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Utah, discusses his highly-regarded book of the same title, published by Oxford University Press.
23. Lisa Olson Tait. “Was Susa Young Gates a Feminist: Mormon Women’s History Notes.” Historian Lisa Tait discusses the life of one of the most prominent and accomplished women in Mormon history.
24. Russell Stevenson. “We Are[n’t] Africa: The Nigeria and the Africanization of Mormon History.” Russell Stevenson, the author of the award-winning book, For the Cause of Righteousness: A Global History of Blacks and Mormonism, discusses three individuals who had an influence on, or were influenced by, Nigerian Mormonism.
25. Patrick Q. Mason. “Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt.” Professor Mason, Chair of the Religion Department, and of Mormon Studies, at Claremont Graduate University, explores the challenges many LDS members face when Church doctrines are opposed by worldly influences, or seem opposed to current scientific knowledge, sometimes causing doubt, disbelief, inactivity, or formal opposition.
26. Cory Crawford. “The Struggle for Female Authority in Biblical and Mormon Traditions.” Dr. Crawford, assistant professor of Biblical Studies at Ohio University, discusses instances of women exercising religious authority in the Old and New Testaments, as well as LDS history, in comparison with current policies.
27. Jared Hickman. “The Book of Mormon as Amerindian Apocalypse.” Dr. Hickman speaks on his highly-regarded essay that was published in American Literature, a literary journal published by Duke University Press.
28. Boyd Petersen. “Landing Instructions: How to Navigate (or Help Someone Navigate) a Faith Crisis.” Professor Petersen of Utah Valley University, the recently-appointed editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, speaks to a topic that has affected a great number of members of the Church in the Internet era.
29. Gregory Prince. “Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History.” Dr. Prince, author of the seminal biography of David O. McKay, discusses his latest book, a biography of former Church Historian and one of the great pioneers of new Mormon history, Leonard Arrington.
30. John Christopher Thomas. “A Pentecostal Reads the Book of Mormon.” Dr. Thomas, who is Professor of Biblical Studies at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary and Director of the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies, talks about what a Pentecostal sees in the Book of Mormon and includes some interesting insights on similarities and differences between Mormons and Pentecostals.
31. Matthew Garrett. “Making Lamanites: Mormons, Native Americans, and the Indian Student Placement Program, 1947-2000.” Dr. Garrett, history professor at Bakersfield College, discusses his book on the “Lamanite” student program, which won the 2015 Juanita Brooks Prize in Mormon Studies. [Link to be added when posted.]