Patrick Q. Mason, Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies and associate professor of religion at Claremont Graduate University, will examine Mormonism’s position in the frontier and the ways in which the West shaped the religion in a lecture at 2 p.m. in the Hall of Philosophy.
At 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater, a panel of three — including journalist Juliet Eilperin, former governor of Arizona Bruce Babbitt, and former governor of Nevada Robert List — will be explaining how environmental issues unique to the West are tied up in national politics.
Native Americans have a far greater geographical reach than the American West, W. Richard West said in the Amphitheater on Wednesday. But they have served as an “undeniably potent originating element” in the canvas of the West, making their history, art and culture a dynamic and complicated subject for museums to represent.
The number of regular religious adherents has increased in America since colonial times, in contrast to a steady decrease in Great Britain and the rest of Europe. With that growing number of churchgoers came a decline in colonial churches after the American Revolution — a change John Wigger said set the stage for our present religious culture.
Just as white settlers displaced, divided and exploited many native groups in their expansion across the West, they conceptually and practically split up the West’s natural resources, said water and energy policy analyst Cynthia J. Truelove on Tuesday in the Amphitheater.
Although “westward expansion” conjures images of new land and the spreading of Christianity for many Americans, Tink Tinker views it as a euphemism for invasion and conquest.
W. Richard West holds even deeper connections to the American West than his surname suggests. Fluent in American history, culture, art and law — with an especial interest in the nation’s indigenous peoples — West is, in every sense of the term, a Renaissance man.
The Rev. Scotty McLennan outlined religious movement in the West and described its present state in his 2 p.m. Interfaith Lecture Monday in the Hall of Philosophy.
During 2013, the driest year in California’s recorded state history, water levels in rivers and reservoirs slipped beneath their record lows. Cynthia Truelove, however, said there’s a bright side to California’s severe drought.
John Wigger, professor and chair at the University of Missouri’s History Department, will examine the ways that at-the-time new 19th-century religious movements changed American society and culture.