Mormon Studies News
The Salt Lake Tribune’s year-long investigation into BYU’s policy of punishing rape victims for Honor Code violations earned the paper a Pulitzer Prize in local reporting, with judges praising reporters “for a string of vivid reports revealing the perverse, punitive, and cruel treatment given to sexual-assault victims at Brigham Young University, one of Utah’s most powerful institutions.” Tribune reporters began covering the cases of sexual assault victims last year, when former BYU student Madi Barney revealed her disturbing experience with BYU’s Honor Code Office and the Provo Police Department following her assault.
MORMONS AND THE ALT-RIGHT
Fascinating post at The Juvenile Instructor on the historical and doctrinal connections between the alt-right political phenomenon and Mormonism. Despite the LDS Church’s Statement condemning “all forms of racism past and present,” why are some Mormons ignoring their religious leaders and subscribing to white supremacist rhetoric and ideologies?” Follow-up question: why are church leaders excommunicating progressive members while tacitly condoning the ones who like Nazis? So many mysteries.
ANNOUNCING BCC PRESS
Mormon blog By Common Consent announced the launch of their non-profit publishing company, BCC Press, with the goal of “producing affordable, high-quality books that help define and shape the Latter-day Saint experience.” Books by Michael Austin, Steven L. Peck, and Tracy McKay are currently available for purchase. As book lovers, we are always happy for the opportunity to be financially irresponsible and buy more books. Signature Books welcomes you to the team, BCC Press!
The 2017 Association for Mormon Letters Conference is next weekend, April 21—22 in Provo, Utah. Go hear writer Phyllis Barber give her keynote address, “Reconciling Art with History” at Writ &Vision on Friday Night and enjoy a series of panel discussions and readings throughout the day on Saturday at UVU. The work of Susan Elizabeth Howe (one of our authors!) will be discussed in a Saturday afternoon session, but if poetry isn’t your thing (shame on you), you can view the entire conference program here.
-news update by Steph Lauritzen