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Historian Jan Shipps to talk about Book of Mormon

April 07, 2011

Brett Barrie

Historian Jan Shipps will be the Syracuse University Library Associates speaker on Thursday, April 21, at 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, first floor, Bird Library. The event is free and open to the public.

shippsShipps will review the history of the Book of Mormon, describing how it came into being and the satires it inspired. She will survey the expanding role of the book in the Mormon religion and explore how its content figures in the history of Western New York tourism. Shipps will conclude her talk with a look at the Book of Mormon as a cultural artifact whose legacy endures as the subject of a current Broadway musical.

Shipps is professor emerita of history and religious studies at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, and an Andrew W. Mellon Emeritus Faculty Fellow. Although not a Mormon, Shipps is a recognized authority on the Latter-day Saints. She is an editor and the author of several books, including “Mormonism: the Story of a New Religious Tradition” (University of Illinois Press, 1985), which The New York Review of Books called “the best book ever written on Mormonism.” Shipps is currently working on a study of Mormonism since World War II. She holds a doctorate in history from the University of Colorado.

Free event parking is available at Booth Garage, on the corner of Waverly and Comstock avenues, one block from Bird Library.

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