The Religious Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is excited to announce that Dr. Quincy Newell will be giving the lecture “Black and American Indian Mormons and the Scripturalization of Mormon Texts” on Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 4:00P.M. in Van Hise 1418. Dr. Newell is the Walcott-Bartlett Chair of Humanistic Studies & Professor of Religious Studies at Hamilton College and a 2023-2024 Kingdon Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, UW-Madison.
Abstract: One feature that set the Mormon movement apart from other new versions of Christianity in the nineteenth century was its embrace of additional texts as scriptures—The Book of Mormon joined the Bible at the inception of the movement, and the scriptural canon soon came to include other works as well. In this talk, I explore how African Americans and American Indians who affiliated with the Mormon movement adopted these texts as scripture and interpreted them in ways that supported full racial inclusion by the movement.
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2023
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Location: 1418 Van Hise Hall, Street Address: 1220 Linden Dr, Madison, WI 53706