If You Could Hie to Provo…

You should, for this. It looks like a GREAT lineup:

Sacred Space Symposium – 3 June

First Session: Hinckley Center Assembly Hall

9:15 Welcome: Cecil Samuelson, President, BYU

9:30-10:10 Terryl Givens, Professor of Literature and Religion,
James A. Bostwick Chair of English, University of Richmond
“Contexts for an LDS Temple Theology”
Chair: Emily Gray, Assistant Professor of
History, Norwich University, Vermont

10:20-11:00 Richard A. Cohen, Professor of Philosophy, Director
Institute of Jewish Thought & Heritage, U of Buffalo (SUNY)
“Place, Sacred Space, and Utopia”
Chair: Ralph Hancock, Associate Professor
of Political Science, BYU

11:10-11:50 Jeanne Halgren Kilde, Director of Religious Studies
Program, University of Minnesota
“Foregrounding the Background: Power and
Proximity in Christian Space”
Chair: Wade Hollingshaus, Assistant
Professor, Theatre and Media Arts, BYU

12:00-12:40 Hamid Mavani, Assistant Professor of Islamic
Studies, Claremont Graduate University
“The Prophet Muhammad: ‘The Whole Earth is a
Mosque (masjid) and is Sacred'”
Chair: Doris Dant, Associate Teaching
Professor, Linguistics and English Language, BYU

12:45-2:00 Lunch

Second Session: Joseph F. Smith Building B192

2:00-2:40 Michael Fishbane, Nathan Cummings Professor of
Jewish Studies, Divinity School, University of Chicago
“Sacred Space and Divine Presence in the Hebrew Bible”
Chair: Brandie Siegfried, Associate
Professor of English, BYU

2:50-3:30 Steven Olsen, Managing Director, Church History
Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
“The Mormon Quest for Zion”
Chair: Richard N. Williams, Professor of
Psychology; Director, Wheatley Institution, BYU

3:40-4:20 Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Associate Professor of Religious
Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“The Clock and the Compass: Steering Toward Zion”
Chair: Reid Neilson, Assistant Professor
of Church History, BYU

5:30-7:00 Dinner

8:00-9:30 Panel discussion; Richard Bushman, moderator


  1. This looks great. Almost thou persuadest me to live in Provo.

  2. Radical. Makes plans. Will attend.

  3. I’m looking forward to it. It’s events like this that make me think I’ll miss Utah more than I think.