The Preliminary Program for the 2009 SLC Sunstone Symposium (12-15 August at the Sheraton) is up at the Sunstone website. I’m planning on attending. If any of you are on the fence, take a look at the program and see whether it might entice you over the line into attending.
Wednesday features workshops (these have a separate fee if you want to do any of these; I’ve never done one.) The symposium proper kicks off with a plenary lecture that evening (open to the public). Most of the action takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
A few off the cuff notes:
134. Natural Childbirth: The Contemporary Mormon Women’s Natural Response: “No Way!” This wins the award for best session title.
142. At lunch time there will be a showing of Johnny Lingo, complete with feminist commentary(!)
The session after lunch will be a tough call for me. There is Ken Driggs comparing the 1953 and 2008 FLDS raids; Blair Hodges on C.S. Lewis: Crypto-Mormon?; and Jeff Needle on his Mormon experiences.
163 is a session on Study Aids for Bible Lovers. I agreed to be the respondent for this session; only later did I learn that the paper is being given by Jack Worlton, who is my uncle! Fortunately I doubt that I’ll have anything critical to say…
174 features a raft of FMHers on blogging and motherhood: Lisa, mfranti, Shelah and Janet.
Friday morning I have a board meeting so I’ll be missing some sessions.
That afternoon a bunch of editors of Mormon journals will be commisserating over their struggles (includes our Kristine).
I’m chairing session 275 on blogging. It’s a panel moderated by Carol Hamer, featuring Lisa, Jana Remy, BiV and mfranti.
332 is a session that comes out of a BCC post and is devoted to remembering the Longfellow Chapel.
371 is a panel on Twilight.
Those were just a few things that jumped out of at me. Lynette, Jana Riess, Darius and Margaret Young are among the many other names familiar to Naclers on the program.
I hope to see many of you there!