Past Speakers (Page 1)

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Over our twenty-year existence we have had an amazing list of distinguished speakers who have written or taught about almost all aspects of Mormonism. Although the list that follows may not be complete, it is a representative sample of the interesting and insightful scholars we have been favored to hear from. (Note: This is the first page of our list of past speakers. To go to the second page, click on this link.)

Richard L. Bushman: Professor Emeritus, Columbia University, visiting professor of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University. Author of many books on history and Mormonism, including the best-selling biography of the Mormon founding prophet, Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling. He has spoken several times to Miller Eccles on such topics ranging from Joseph Smith to “Where Do We Stand?  Intellectual Prospects for Mormonism.”

Armand Mauss: Long-time sociology and religious studies professor at Washington State University and charter member of the Mormon History Association. He has authored many articles in Dialogue, Sunstone and other journals as well as several important books on sociological aspects of Mormonism, including All Abraham’s Children: Changing Mormon Conceptions of Race and Lineage, and The Angel and the Beehive: The Mormon Struggle with Assimilation.

D. Michael Quinn: A prolific historian, author of numerous important and influential articles and books on Mormon issues, including Early Mormonism and the Magic World View; The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power; The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power; Same-Sex Dynamics among Nineteenth-Century Americans: A Mormon Example; and Elder Statesman: A Biography of J. Reuben Clark.

Gregory A. Prince: PhD in Pathology, professor at Johns Hopkins University, co-founder of Virion Systems, a biotech company, has served on a number of boards, including Dialogue Foundation and the Mormon History Association, author of several Mormon studies books including the award-winning David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism, the topic on which he addressed Miller Eccles.

Richard E. Turley:Current Assistant Church Historian, a lawyer by training. Was involved in advising the Church concerning the Mark Hoffman forgery case and wrote Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case. More recently he co-authored Massacre at Mountain Meadows. Oversaw several notable electronic projects for the Church, including Family Search and Selected Collections From the Archives. Co-author of the recent Oxford-published history, Massacre at Mountain Meadows.

Eugene England: Highly-respected LDS writer, teacher and scholar. Founder of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought and co-founder of the Association for Mormon Letters. Prolific essayist on Mormon culture and thought (wrote such essays as “Dialogues With Myself” and “Why the Church is as True as the Gospel”). Professor at BYU for over twenty years.  Passed away in 2001.

Claudia Bushman: Professor at Claremont, formerly taught at Columbia University, author of many books and articles, including Building the Kingdom: A History of Mormons in America and Contemporary Mormonism: Latter-day Saints in Modern America. One of the founders of Exponent II, then a Boston-based publication focused on feminism and women’s issues within Mormonism. Spoke to Miller Eccles on “Mormon Women in History.”

Dallin H. Oaks: Currently an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (spoke to Miller Eccles prior to receiving that calling). Formerly professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School, president of Brigham Young University and justice of the Utah Supreme Court. Co-author of many articles and several books, including Carthage Conspiracy: The trial of the Accused Assassins of Joseph Smith, about which he spoke to Miller Eccles.

Orson Scott Card: Prolific author, critic, public speaker and conservative political activist. Best known for his science fiction works, including the award-winning Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead. Teaches at Southern Virginia University.

Leonard Arrington: Dean of the new Mormon history movement, founder of the Mormon History Association, Church Historian (1972-82), author of numerous books, including Great Basin Kingdom: An Economic History of the Latter-day Saints 1830-1900 (published by Harvard University Press), The Mormon Experience: A History of the Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young: American Moses, Adventures of a Church Historian, and others. Passed away in 1999.

Margaret Blair Young: A novelist, playwrite and frequent award recipient from the Association for Mormon Letters. Creative writing teacher at BYU. Co-writer (with Darius Gray) of the Standing on the Promises series of novels, a trilogy about African-Americans within Mormon history. Co-writer of films Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons and Jane Manning James: Your Sister in the Gospel.

Lael Littke: Member of the Miller Eccles board, her stories have been published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Seventeen, as well as the Relief Society Magazine. She is a prolific writer who has published more than forty children’s and young adult novels.

Hugh HewittHugh Hewitt: Constitutional law professor at Chapman Law School, broadcast journalist whose nationally syndicated radio show is heard in more than 120 cities across the United States. Received three Emmys for his work as co-host of the ground-breaking Life and Times KCET program. Spoke on his book A Mormon in the White House? 10 Things Every American Should Know About Mitt Romney.

Peggy Fletcher Stack: Long-time religion editor for the Salt Lake Tribune, has written stories and articles on most newsworthy Mormon issues that have surfaced in the past twenty years. One of the students who launched Sunstone Magazine in 1970, she was its editor from 1980-86. Spoke to Miller Eccles on the Church and the New York media.

Robert H. Briggs: A lawyer in Orange County, California and member of the Miller Eccles board of directors. Author of The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows Massacre: Toward a Consensus Account and Time Line. Has written numerous articles and book reviews dealing with violence in pioneer Utah, including reviews of Sally Denton’s American Massacre and Will Bagley’s Blood of the Prophets.

Dawna Parrett Thurston: Member of Miller Eccles board, teacher of life story writing at Rancho Santiago College, frequent lecturer on life story writing at venues across the country, co-author of Breathe Life into Your Life Story: How to Write a Story People Will Want to Read, one of Signature Books’ best-selling titles. Spoke to Miller Eccles on writing life stories.

Morris A. Thurston: Retired partner, law firm of Latham & Watkins, member of the boards of Miller Eccles and Dialogue Foundation, contributor to The Joseph Smith Papers (Legal Series), adjunct professor at BYU Law School, author of family history books, co-author of Breathe Life into Your Life Story: How to Write a Story People Will Want to Read, author of “The Boggs Shooting and Attempted Extradition: Joseph Smith’s Most Famous Case,” in BYU Studies.

Terryl L. Givens: Professor of literature and religion at the University of Richmond, his book By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion, was the first critique of the Book of Mormon to be published by a major academic press (Oxford University). Other Oxford-published books followed, include The Viper on the Hearth and People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture.

Daniel PetersonDaniel C. Peterson:Professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic at BYU. Managing editor of the new Islamic Translation Series, which publishes dual-language editions of classical works of medieval Arabic and Persian philosophy. A FARMS editor, he spoke to Miller Eccles on “The Debate Over the Book of Mormon.”

Richard Dutcher: Has been called “the father of Mormon cinema,” his films include God’s Army, Brigham City, States of Grace and Falling. In 2007 announced he had taken a spiritual journey that “may ultimately prove incompatible with Mormon orthodoxy,” but left room for the possibility that he may return to the Church someday.

Jill Mulvay Derr: History professor at BYU, past director of the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History, president of the Mormon History Association (1998-99). Co-author of Women’s Voices: An Untold History of the Latter-day Saints, 1830-1900; Women of the Covenant: The Story of Relief Society; and Eliza R. Snow: The Complete Poetry. Provo and Salt Lake City. Spoke to Miller Eccles twice: first on Belle S. Spafford and more recently on Eliza R. Snow.

J. Bonner Ritchie: Professor emeritus of International Organizational Behavior at BYU’s Marriott School of Management. Won many distinguished teaching awards and authored more than 75 book chapters and professional articles. As an expert on organizational behavior, he is an acute observer of such within the LDS Church.

Daniel Walker Howe: Professor Emeritus at Oxford University and UCLA, author of the Pulitzer-prize-winning history What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848. He spoke to Miller Eccles on the rise of Mormonism in the context of the greater American history of the period between the War of 1812 and the Mexican War.

Grant Hardy:Professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina Ashville. Author of The Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Edition (published by the University of Illinois Press) and Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide (published by Oxford University Press). Spoke to Miller Eccles on “Reading the Book of Mormon.”

Levi S. Peterson: Longtime professor of English at Weber State University, his novel The Backslider set the standard for the contemporary Mormon novel. Also wrote the seminal biography Juanita Brooks: Mormon Woman Historian and his own autobiography, A Rascal by Nature, A Christian by Yearning. Editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (2004-08).

Christie H. Frandsen: Miller Eccles board member, Institute teacher for many years at USC, Glendale Community College and Occidental College, has published articles in Encyclopedia of Mormonism and The Ensign, contributed an essay in the book Mourning with Those Who Mourn. Participated in a Miller Eccles panel on coping with the death of a child and mourning with those who mourn.

Russell M. Frandsen: Business and tax lawyer with his own firm in Pasadena, member of the Miller Eccles board, has presented papers on Mormon issues including “Anti-Christs,” (published in The Encyclopedia of Mormonism) and “The Legal Basis for the United Order in the Territory of Utah,” presented at a Mormon History Association annual meeting. Participated on a Miller Eccles panel on coping with the death of a child and mourning with those who mourn.

Robert Rees: Director of Education and Humanities at the Institute of HeartMath, former UCLA teacher and administrator for many years. Former editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought; former chair of the board of Sunstone Foundation, member of the council on Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University. Author and editor of many books and articles on Mormon topics.

Edward Leo Lyman: Mormon historian, author of several books, including Political Deliverance; San Bernardino; and The Overland Journey from Utah to California. He spoke on his latest award-winning biography, Amasa Mason Lyman: Mormon Apostle and Apostate.

Joseph I. Bentley:  Retired partner, law firm of Latham & Watkins, contributor to The Joseph Smith Papers (Legal Series), adjunct professor at BYU Law School, former president of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, author of “In the Wake of the Steamboat Nauvoo: Prelude to Joseph Smith’s Financial Disasters,” in the Journal of Mormon History.

Todd Compton: His In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith, won the Best Book awards from the Mormon History Association and the John Whitmer Historical Association. Co-authored A Widow’s Tale: The Diary of Helen Mar Kimball Whitney, which won the MHA award for Best Documentary. Has served on the editorial boards of both Dialogue and the Journal of Mormon History.

William P. MacKinnon: Regarded as the preeminent historian on the Utah War; author of a planned two-volume study, the first of which (At Sword’s Point) was recently published by The Arthur H. Clark Company. His articles, essays, and book reviews on the American West have appeared in more than thirty journals and encyclopedias. President-elect of the Mormon History Association.

Grant Underwood: Professor of History at BYU, an editor of the Revelations and Translations Series of the Joseph Smith Papers.  Wrote the book The Millenarian World of Early Mormonism. Spoke to Miller Eccles on the recently uncovered manuscript for the Book of Commandments.

Valeen Tippetts Avery: Historian and author, co-author of the award winning biography Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith She also wrote a prize-winning biography of Joseph and Emma Smith’s youngest son titled David Hyrum Smith: From Mission to Madness. Passed away in 2006.

Lavina Fielding Anderson: Scholar, writer, editor and feminist. Long-time editor of the Journal of Mormon History, author of numerous articles and books on LDS matters, including “The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology” and “Freedom of Conscience: A Personal Statement,” both published in Dialogue. Editor of Lucy’s Book, an annotated edition of Lucy Mack Smith’s personal history.

Craig L. Foster:Research specialist in the Church’s Family History Library; author of Penny Tracts and Polemics: A Critical Analysis of Anti-Mormon Pamphleteering in Great Britain (1837-1860) and A Different God? Mitt Romney’s Presidential Campaign, the Religious Right, and the Mormon Question; co-author of The Mormon Quest for the Presidency.

Ronald W. Walker:Long-time professor at BYU, served many years in the Church History Department and as part of the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History. Co-author of the Oxford-published Massacre at Mountain Meadows, on which he spoke to Miller Eccles. Also wrote the award-winning Wayward Saints: The Godbeites and Brigham Young. Spoke to Miller Eccles twice, first on Heber J. Grant and later on the Mountain Meadows Massacre.

Will Bagley: Historian specializing in early pioneer Utah, writes a periodic column in the Salt Lake Tribune about pioneer history. Author of many books and articles including, most famously, the award-winning Blood of the Prophets: Brigham and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows. Editor of the highly-regarded “Kingdom of the West” series published by the Arthur H. Clark Co.

Marvin PerkinsMarvin Perkins: Advocate and expert on Blacks and the Priesthood, co-chair for the Genesis Group public affairs, co-producer (with Darius Gray) of the DVD “Blacks in the Scriptures.” Spoke on the lingering legacy of the Church’s priesthood policy prior to 1978.

Linda Sillitoe: Journalist and historian, best known for her journalistic coverage of the Mark Hoffman case and her best-selling book, Salamander: Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders. She also wrote many articles about Mormon issues that were published in a variety of newspapers, journals and magazines. She published two novels, Sideways to the Sun and Secrets Keep. She died in 2010.

Eldred G. Smith: Church patriarch, descendant of Hyrum Smith and custodian of various Hyrum Smith artifacts. Last of the Church patriarchs who held General Authority status.

Sterling M. McMurrin: A well-known Mormon intellectual and professor at the University of Utah for more than 30 years. Served as United States Commissioner of Education under John F. Kennedy and was also U.S. envoy to Iran. A self-described “loyal heretic.” Author of Education and Freedom; Religion, Reason and Truth; and co-author of Contemporary PhilosophyA History of Philosophy; and Matters of Conscience.

Mary Lythgoe Bradford: Former editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, author of Leaving Home: Personal Essays (which won the 1998 Association for Mormon Letters personal essay award) and Lowell L. Bennion: Teacher, Counselor, Humanitarian. She has also edited a collection of essays titled Mormon Women Speak.

Richard L. Anderson: Professor of Church History at BYU, his book Investigating the Book of Mormon Witnesses is widely considered the definitive work on that subject. Graduate of Harvard Law School, authored the book Joseph Smith’s New England Heritage. Working on the Joseph Smith Papers. Spoke to Miller Eccles about the witnesses to the Book of Mormon.

Dean C. Jessee

Dean C. Jesse: A leading member of the Church’s Historical Department, an expert in the writings of Joseph Smith, history professor at BYU, author/editor of The Personal Writings of Joseph Smith and The Papers of Joseph Smith. A senior member of the Joseph Smith Papers project. Spoke to Miller Eccles about Brigham Young’s letters to his sons.

Rev. Mark E. Whitlock: CEO and pastor of Christ Our Redeemer American Methodist Episcopal Church in Irvine. Spoke to Miller Eccles on matters of the spirit, the mission and history of his church and its ministry to the African American community.

Newell G. Bringhurst: Emeritus professor of history and political science at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, author/editor of eight previously published books, including Scattering of the Saints: Schism within Mormonism and The Mormon Quest for the Presidency. Served as president of the Mormon History Association and the John Whitmer Historical Association.

Blake T. Ostler: Salt Lake City lawyer, author of articles and books on Mormon theology, including the multi-volume Exploring Mormon Thought series, whose titles include The Attributes of God; The Problems of Theism and the Love of God; Of God and Gods; and Fire on the Horizon (forthcoming). Spoke to Miller Eccles on “The History of the Trinity: Mormonism Engages the Christian Creedal Tradition.”

Pat Bagley: A leading American editorial cartoonist with the Salt Lake Tribune. His illustrations and cartoons have appeared in many publications, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and The Los Angeles Times. He has also written a number of illustrated children’s books, such as I Spy a Nephite. First cartoonist to receive the prestigious Wilbur Award for Religious Communication.

S. Kent Brown: BYU Professor, expert in the Book of Mormon, an editor of the Encyclopedia of Mormonism and Historical Atlas of Mormonism. Has written a number of books dealing with scriptural works.

Karen J. Torjesen: Dean of the Claremont Graduate School, her research interests include, among other things, constructions of gender and sexuality in early Christianity. She has published several books, including When Women Were Priests: Women’s Leadership in the Early Church and the Scandal of their Subordination in the Rise of Christianity.

James B. Allen: Assistant Church Historian from 1972-79, BYU Professor of Religion, one of the founders of the Mormon History Association, published over ninety articles and fourteen books, including (as co-author) Mormonism in the Twentieth Century, The Story of the Latter-Day Saints, and No Toil Nor Labor Fear: The Story of William Clayton.

Lowell L. Bennion: Founder of the Institute of Religion at the University of Utah and longtime teacher there, author of an enormous number of articles on various aspects of Mormonism. Recognized as one of the finest practical philosophers Utah has produced. Associate Dean of Students at the University of Utah (1962-72). Wrote LDS seminary, institute and Sunday School manuals. Died in 1996.

Stanley B. Kimball: Taught at Southern Illinois University for more than 40 years. Won the Best Book Award from the Mormon History Association for Heber C. Kimball: Mormon Patriarch and Pioneer. Passed away in 2003. Spoke to Miller Eccles on “What I Left Out of Heber C. Kimball.”

Richard Neitzel Holzapfel: Professor of Church History and Doctrine at BYU and prolific author; many of his books are lavishly illustrated. Among them are Jesus Christ and the World of the New Testament, The Lost 500 Years, What DaVinci Didn’t Know: An LDS Perspective and Brigham Young: Images of a Prophet.

Keith E. Norman: Author of many articles on Mormonism, including (among others) “Toward a Mormon Christology;” “Adam’s Navel; “Early Christian Deification;” “A Kinder, Gentler Mormonism: Moving Beyond the Violence of Our Past,” and “The Mark of the Curse: Lingering Racism in Mormon Doctrine?” Spoke to Miller Eccles on how the early Saints viewed the Second Coming.

Douglas H. Thayer: English professor at BYU, has taught fiction writing there for over fifty years. His award-winning fiction explores contemporary Mormon life, and includes such novels as Hooligan: A Mormon Boyhood and The Conversion of Jeff Williams.

John Gee: Professor at BYU’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, a series editor for Studies in the Book of Abraham. Holder of a PhD in Egyptology from Yale University, spoke to Miller Eccles on issues surrounding the Book of Abraham.

Carol Cornwall Madsen: Emeritus professor of History at BYU, president of the Mormon History Association (1989-90). Author of numerous books including An Advocate for Women: The Public life of Emmeline B. Wells; In Their Own Words: Women and the Story of Nauvoo; and Journey to Zion: Voices from the Mormon Trail.

Maureen Ursenbach Beecher: English professor at BYU for 25 years, author of a variety of books on Mormon women, including Sisters in Spirit: Mormon Women in Historical and Cultural Perspective; The Personal Writings of Eliza Roxcy Snow; and Under the Sunbonnets: Mormon Women with Faces. Spoke to Miller Eccles on women in the Alberta Mormon settlement.

Thomas G. Alexander: Professor emeritus BYU, director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, president of the Mormon History Association (1974-75). Winner of MHA Best Book and Best Article awards. Prolific author, his books include The New Mormon History: Revisionist Essays on the Past; Things in Heaven and Earth: The Life and Times of Wilford Woodruff, a Mormon Prophet; and Mormonism in Transition: A History of the Latter-day Saints, 1890-1930.

Maurine Carr Ward: Former editor of The Nauvoo Journal, author of numerous articles and books on Mormon history. Editor of The 1846-1848 Writings of Mary Haskin Parker Richards, which won the Best First Book Award from the Mormon History Association in 1996.

Richard E. Bennett: Professor of Church History at BYU; Church History editor, BYU Studies; Associate Editor, Journal of Book of Mormon Studies. His books include Mormons at the Missouri, 1846-52; We’ll Find the Place: The Mormon Exodus, 1846-48; and A City of Refuge: Quincy, Illinois.

Linda King Newell: Historian and author, her most acclaimed book was Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith, which she co-authored with Valeen Tippetts Avery. She has been co-editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (1982-86) and president of The Mormon History Association (1996-97).

R. Davis Bitton: Assistant Church Historian (1972-82), Charter member and president of the Mormon History Association, professor of history at the University of Utah. Author of many books, including The Mormon Experience: A History of the Latter-day Saints (with Leonard Arrington), and George Q. Cannon: A Biography (winner, MHA Best Book Award). Passed away in 2007. Spoke on the rise and fall of the Church’s history department.

Reed C. Durham: LDS historian, former director of the Institute of Religion in Salt Lake City. Has written and delivered many articles and papers, including the then controversial “Is There No Help For the Widow’s Son” (1974).

Steven L. Olson: Adjunct professor of anthropology at Brigham Young University and manager of operations at the Museum of Church History and Art. Spoke on preserving Church historical sites and artifacts.

Lawrence Foster: Professor of American History at Georgia Institute of Technology, author of books and articles on the family, sexuality and social change in America, including Religion and Sexuality: Three American Communal Experiments of the Nineteenth Century and Women, Family, and Utopia: Communal Experiments of the Shakers, the Oneida Community, and the Mormons.

Boyd J. Peterson: Professor at Utah Valley University where he is Coordinator of Mormon Studies. Author of Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life (the biography of his father-in-law.

Donna Toland Smart: Author of a variety of books and articles on Mormon history, inclduing Mormon Midwife: The 1846-1888 Diaries of Patty Bartlett Sessions (editor), and Over the Rim: The Parley P. Pratt Exploring Expedition to Southern Utah, 1849-1850 (co-author).

Robert J. Matthews: Was a professor in the Departments of Ancient Scripture and Religious Education at BYU. Instrumental in easing relations between religious scholars of the LDS Church and the Community of Christ. Chief editor of the LDS Church’s Bible Dictionary and a major contributor to the Encyclopedia of Mormonism. Selected Writings of Robert J. Matthews was published by Deseret Book in 1999. Spoke to Miller Eccles on the inspired version of the scriptures. He passed away in 2009.

Dennis L. Lythgoe: Deseret News journalist and book review editor, author of Let ’em Holler: A Political Biography of J. Bracken Lee and Mormonism in the Nineteen-Seventies: The Popular Perception.

Kenneth Godfrey: Long-time LDS institute teacher, former president of the Mormon History Association, has written numerous articles concerning LDS history including “Crime and Punishment in Nauvoo,” “Telling the Nauvoo Story,” and “The Murders of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.” Spoke to Miller Eccles on the church court process.

Ardis Parshall: Salt Lake Tribune columnist, independent Mormon historian and prolific blogger. She operates one of the preeminent Mormon history blogs called “Keepapitchinin.” Co-editor of Mormonism: A Historical Encyclopedia.

Richard O. Cowan: Long-time professor of Church History at BYU, has served as the chair of the committee in charge of preparing gospel doctrine lessons for the LDS Church and wrote the Sunday School manual for 1978-80 on the D&C and Church history. Author of California Saints, A 150-year Legacy in the Golden State; The Church in the Twentieth Century and other books and articles.

David L. Bigler: Former director of public affairs for US Steel, he became a full-time independent historian after retirement with an emphasis on Mormons and the West. Among other publications he is the author of the award-winning Forgotten Kingdom: The Mormon Theocracy in the American West, 1846-1896 and co-editor of Army of Israel: Mormon Battalion Narratives. He spoke to Miller Eccles on his most recent book, Fort Limhi: The Mormon Adventure in Oregon Territory.

Ronald K. Esplin: Managing editor of The Joseph Smith Papers project, former director of the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for LDS History at BYU. President of the Mormon History Association 2006-07. Author of many articles on Mormon history.

Jan Barnett Shipps: One of the foremost scholars of Mormonism who is not herself a Mormon. She has authored many articles and books on Mormonism including Mormonism: The Story of a New Religious Tradition, The Journal of William E. McLellin, 1831-1836 (of which she was co-editor) and her memoir, Sojourner in the Promised Land: Forty Years among the Mormons.

Val D. Rust: Professor in the UCLA Graduate School of Education, author of many articles and books on the history of education. Spoke to Miller Eccles on his book Radical Origins: Early Mormon Converts and Their Colonial Ancestors.

E. Gary Smith: Lawyer and scholar; son of Eldred G. Smith, the last general Church patriarch. Co-author of the book Lost Legacy: The Mormon Office of Presiding Patriarch, which won the Mormon History Association best book award after it was published in 1996.

Hugh G. Stocks: Director of Libraries and Associate Professor of Information Systems at Gateway Community and Technical College in Covington, Kentucky; expert on the many editions of The Book of Mormon, wrote The Book of Mormon, 1830—1879: A Publishing History.

Gary Lawrence: California pollster and one of the leaders of the LDS campaign against same-sex marriage. Spoke to Miller Eccles about his lavishly illustrated book titled How Americans View Mormonism; Seven Steps to Improve Our Image.

William Van Wagenen: One of the founders of The Mormon Worker, a bimonthly newspaper that connects Christian anarchism and Mormonism. He spoke to Miller Eccles about how Mormonism might relate to liberal causes.

Anthony A. Hutchinson: Author of The Word of God Is Enough: The Book of Mormon as Nineteenth-Century Scripture, posing the question of whether the Book of Mormon is “inspired fiction.”

We have been blessed with so many fine speakers through the years that they do not all fit on one page. This is the first page of the list. To navigate to page two, click on THIS LINK.