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Published on Feb 21, 2012
Conference on Mormonism and American Politics (Part 7): Claudia Bushman
Friday, February 3rd, 2012 to Saturday, February 4th, 2012, 9am-5pm; 9am-2pm International Affairs Building, Room 1501 420 W 118th St. Columbia University
With a Mormon candidate for the presidency and the unprecedented media attention given to Mormons recently, this conference takes 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.
Speakers include Randall Balmer, Richard Bushman, Claudia Bushman, Joanna Brooks, Matthew Bowman,Sarah Barringer Gordon, Jan Shipps, Trevor Hill, Meredith LeSueur, David Campbell, Russel Arben Fox, Max Perry Mueller, Philip Barlow, and Peggy Fletcher Stack. The Religious Test, a documentary about American voters' perceptions of Mormons, will also be screened.
Moderated and organized by Randall Balmer and Jana Riess. Sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life.
Special thanks to Trevor Hill, director of The Religious Test.