LDS Author, Historian to Speak at WSU

Feb. 26, 2008

OGDEN, Utah – Author and historian Richard Lyman Bushman will present “Rough Stone Rolling and the Intellectual Prospects for Mormonism,” March 5 at 7 p.m. in Weber State University’s Shepherd Union Ballroom A. The event is free to the public.

Bushman’s presentation will address the question of whether Mormon thought is being taken more seriously in academic circles.

Bushman is the author of the acclaimed “Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling”
 (Knopf, 2005) and the follow-up work, “On the Road with Joseph Smith: An Author’s Diary” (Kofford Books, 2007). “Rough Stone Rolling” was published in 2005 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Smith’s birth and focuses on the life of the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It tells how Smith formed a religion from the ground up and discusses his innovative religious thoughts, according to the publisher.

A Columbia University emeritus history professor, Bushman also has taught at Brigham Young University, Boston University and the University of Delaware. He has spent much of his career specializing in American culture from 1700-1840 and has published numerous articles on the subject. Known for his scholarship of the Latter-day Saint movement, Bushman has written several works dealing with the LDS church.

The event, part of WSU’s History Lecture Series, is sponsored by the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and the Department of History. Bushman will sign copies of his books after his presentation.

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Contact:     Gene Sessions, chairman, Department of History
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