Mormon Scholars to Discuss Recent FLDS History

As part of the Weber Historical Society’s Fall 2011 Lecture Series, Newell Bringhurst and Craig Foster will present “The FLDS and the Outside World.”

The pair has been called the “odd couple” of Mormon studies. Bringhurst, a retired history and political science professor from the College of the Sequoias in California, is the author and editor of numerous books and a scholar of the Latter-day Saints movement. Foster is a research specialist in the LDS Church’s Family History Library.

Together, they will discuss the so-called “fundamentalist Mormons’” ongoing support for plural marriage. Bringhurst and Foster’s presentation will examine the 1953 raid on the Short Creek/Colorado City fundamentalists through the recent headlines involving fundamentalists in Texas.

The lecture, which is free to the public, will be held at 7 p.m., Sept. 19 in the Lindquist Alumni Center.

Following the presentation, both scholars will be available to sign copies of their books, which will be available for sale at the event.

The presentation is sponsored by the WSU Alumni Association, College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and the Department of History.

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