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The Foyer

Leonard J Arrington Chair at Utah State University

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Many of the most important conversations in a Latter-day Saint ward happen not in the chapel or a classroom but in the meetinghouse foyer. In each episode of “The Foyer,” one or more distinguished guests will join Dr. Patrick Mason for a thoughtful but informal conversation about Mormon history and culture. Episodes will be video cast live with audience Q&A.
 
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This special episode of the foyer is a live recording in front of a live audience. Join Patrick Mason, Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture, and Dallas Jenkins, Creator and Director of The Chosen, as they discuss the behind the scenes of creating the largest crowd-funded media project of all time.…
 
No other issue is as publicly prominent or as vexing for contemporary Mormonism as the relationship between the LDS Church and the LGBTQ community. We will discuss the history of LDS teachings about homosexuality, the recent emergence of “queer Mormon theology,” and how LGBTQ Latter-day Saints navigate the complex tensions of their religion and sex…
 
American society is deeply divided. Our political culture is as fractured and dysfunctional as at any time since the Civil War. Latter-day Saints have not been immune to this polarization, but there have also been voices calling for a return to the “better angels of our nature.” Joining us will be two of those voices speaking out in favor of a dist…
 
There are some books you read that change the way you see the world. That was my experience reading the amazing recent memoirs by these two scholars and authors, who happen to be uncle and niece. Join us for a conversation about Mormonism, Zen Buddhism, raking, and cancer. Charles Shirō Inouye is Professor of Japanese Literature and Visual Culture …
 
May 25, 2021, marked the one-year anniversary since the murder of George Floyd, which set off a nationwide wave of protests over policing and continuing racial inequalities in America. In addition to the broader American context, the LDS Church is in the midst of an ongoing reckoning with its own past of racial exclusion. In this episode guests LaS…
 
Since its release in February 2021, Murder among the Mormons has been one of the most popular titles on Netflix. The true crime documentary recounts the story of Mark Hofmann, one of the most infamous forgers in modern history, whose web of lies eventually led to the murders of two innocent people. On this episode of “The Foyer,” host Patrick Mason…
 
One of Mormonism’s distinctive teachings is that of a Heavenly Mother, a female divinity who is God the Father’s wife and the mother of all humanity. Long shrouded in mystery and considered by many a taboo topic, there has been a resurgence in interest in Heavenly Mother in contemporary Mormonism. Is this just a fad, or are we witnessing the reshap…
 
Yes, Mormon women were pioneers and polygamist wives. But how have women shaped the history of Mormonism since polygamy? Our guest will be Dr. Colleen McDannell, who is the Sterling M. McMurrin Professor of Religious Studies and Professor of History at the University of Utah. She is the author of several books on American religious history, includi…
 
Join us for this exclusive conversation with Brandon Flowers, who is not only lead singer of The Killers, one of the most popular rock bands of the 21st century, but also a practicing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We'll be talking about what it's like to be a world-famous rock star and a Mormon, as well as the religious…
 
Featuring: Neylan McBaine, CEO of Better Days 2020 and author of Pioneering the Vote: The Untold Story of Suffragists in Utah and the West. Neylan McBaine and Patrick Mason discuss the journey of the suffrage movement in early Utah. They share insights as to why history played out the way it did and what it could mean for members of the Church of J…
 
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