Have you been wondering where to go to find out what all is going on in Mormon Studies? Now you know:
MormonConferences.org, just launched today, keeps track of all the major public events in Mormon Studies and lists them all on one calendar, with multiple convenient viewing formats. Sure, a lot of these events get announced in a blog post here on T&S, or at least a sidebar link, or even get their own thread for comments during and after. But if you weren’t watching for a couple of days when that post went up, how would you know? Meeting such a clear need, and organized to do the job right, MormonConferences.org will be a key place to go, both for those looking for events, and those announcing events.
Events currently listed on MC range all the way from a discussion at the Salt Lake City Public Library on the Mountain Meadows Massacre (tomorrow!), to MHA, SMPT and the Sperry Symposium, to Sunstone and General Conference. LDS-oriented conferences at Harvard and Claremont appear along with events by SSSM, AMCAP, and the Maxwell Institute.
Kent White, the owner of the site, provides lists of organizations that regularly sponsor events, helpfully grouped into academic and more popular categories. You’ll also find calls for papers and links to related resources. You can even subscribe to be notified when new events are added. Wouldn’t it be great when you’re sending out a call for papers for it to go straight to all the Mormon scholars subscribed to the site?
Okay, an idea for a site like this did get kicked around quite a while ago among the T&S bloggers, but none of us had the grit to actually make it happen. Kent White has built a very nice site with the organization and the technology (with a little help from Google Calendar) to perform this service handsomely.
Go check it out, and if you know about (or are organizing) an event or call for papers that should be listed, tell Kent.