Richard Turley, Will Bagley, and Forrest Cuch will present a panel discussion this coming Thursday (March 5) at Utah Valley University. These panelists have very, very different perspectives on the events at Mountain Meadows, so bringing them together should make for an exciting conversation. Below is the text of the announcement.
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The UVU Religious Studies Program and Happenings in Humanities present
Perspectives on a Massacre
A Panel Discussion on Mountain Meadows
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Lakeview Room, UVU Library (fourth floor)
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
The Mountain Meadows Massacre is among the most tragic events in Utah and Mormon history. On September 11, 1857, over one hundred California-bound emigrants were killed by Mormon settlers near Cedar City, Utah with the aid of local Indians. Events surrounding the massacre have been among the most hotly debated topics among scholars, church leaders, and descendents of the victims and perpetrators. The UVU Religious Studies Program and Happenings in Humanities are bringing together scholars from various perspectives to address public interest and to promote civil dialogue.
Richard E. Turley, Jr.
Assistant Church Historian and Recorder, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Co-author of Massacre at Mountain Meadows (Oxford University Press, 2008)
Independent historian and columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune
Author of Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows (University of Oklahoma Press, 2004)
Executive Director, Utah Division of Indian Affairs
Editor of A History of Utah’s American Indians (University of California Press, 2000).
Moderated by Alex Caldiero, Poet and Scholar in Residence,
UVU Department of Philosophy and Humanities