This upcoming conference at Yale is the same weekend as the conference on Mormonism and Politics at Princeton. It looks like there are going to be some interesting papers, but it is unclear exactly if any of them are going to be more than historical recitations. If you are in the area, please go and let us know how it was!
The only question is why this conference is being held at Yale. All but one of the presenters is BYU faculty (Richard Lambert is a US attorney in Utah who runs the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation). Further, there is only a small LDS population in New Haven. Why fly out 8 people to speak to 8 other people?
Wilford Woodruff: Mormon Missionary, Apostle, Church President
November 9-10, 2007
Yale Divinity School
Mormon Historic Sites Foundation
BYU Religious Studies Center
Keynote Address (November 9)–8:00 p.m.
Thomas G. Alexander
“The Odyssey of a Mormon Prophet: Wilford Woodruff and the
Yale Presenters (November 10)–9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Alexander L. Baugh
“Images of Wilford Woodruff’s Life: A Photographic Journey”
Fred E. Woods
“Wilford Woodruff and the Gathering of Modern Day Israel, 1834-
“Wilford Woodruff: Missionary in Herefordshire”
Scott C. Esplin
“Wilford Woodruff: A Founding Father of the Mormon Academies”
Reid L. Neilson
“Wilford Woodruff on the PolygamyUnderground in Southern Utah”
Richard E. Bennett
“Wilford Woodruff and the Rise of Temple Consciousness, 1877-
LDS Fireside (November 10)–7:30 p.m.
Wilford Bruce Woodruff
“The Spiritual Legacy of Wilford Woodruff”