Salt Lake City – The annual FAIR Conference of scholars, apologists, and interested individuals will meet August 5–6, 2010, at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah. Sixteen speakers this year will high-light important issues confronting Latter-day Saints, including the Book of Mormon, the Book of Abraham, how Mormons are viewed by others, the legal controversy over marriage, and confronting issues about plural marriage.
Royal Skousen, editor of the Book of Mormon critical text project, will speak about “Restoring the Original Text of the Book of Mormon.” Stephen Ricks, a professor of Hebrew and Cognate Learning at Brigham Young University, will discuss proper names in the Book of Mormon. Matthew Roper of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship will tackle the interesting and sometimes volatile subject of Book of Mormon geography.
Public opinion pollster Gary Lawrence will reveal some surprising new information in his presentation: “How Americans View Mormonism and What We Can Do About It.” Peter Watkins, president of a local strategic communications consulting firm and former White House spokesman, will summarize his experience as a Mormon in the White House and what that means within the context of America’s political landscape.
Brian C. Hales, author of “Modern Polygamy and Mormon Fundamentalism: The Generations after the Manifesto,” will present new evidences relating to controversies about Joseph Smith’s polygamy. Steven L. Mayfield, producer of Mormon Miscellaneous, a talk/interview/call-in program hosted by Van Hale over radio station KTKK in Salt Lake City will discuss “Big Love: The truth, the Whole Truth and, Well, Maybe Not?”. Craig L. Foster, currently co-editing a three-volume work on plural marriage, will present, “Like Two Crazy Aunts in the Attic: Latter-day Saints and Popular Polygamy Stereotypes.”
For event details see: http://www.fairlds.org/conf10a.html
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