Provo, UT – On March 23, 2006 BYU Studies will sponsor a panel discussion taking a look behind the scenes at the Worlds of Joseph Smith conference at the Library of Congress held last summer. The presentation will be at 11 a.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium at Brigham Young University. the presentation is free and open to the public.

The focus of the discussion will be the significance of the conference and the likely impact of Joseph Smith becoming a figure of national and international importance.

Panel members include the organizers of the conference: Richard Bushman, professor of history emeritus at Columbia University; James Hutson, director of the Manuscripts Division at the Library of Congress; Robert Millet, professor of religion at Brigham Young University; Richard Turley, Managing Director of the Family and Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and John Welch, professor of law at Brigham Young University.

The presenters will focus on how the conference was brought together with personal stories from each of the organizers. Part of the presentation will be a slide show of pictures from the Library of Congress which will allow the attendees to get a feel for what it was like to be in attendance at this historic event.

The hardcover book of all the papers presented at the Library of Congress Worlds of Joseph Smith conference is now available. Go to byustudies.byu.edu and click under Recent Publications to get your copy.