Donald Benson Memorial Lecture
Literature, Science, and the Arts
This annual lecture honors Donald Benson, a former
ISU English professor, who had a long-term interest in the relationships
among the three intellectual disciplines of literature, science and the
Dr. Ann Taves will present two public events: a morning workshop and an evening lecture.
Extra-Ordinary Experiences and the Emergence of New Visionary Movements: Mormonism & the Golden Plates
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Benton Auditorium, Scheman Building
Prof. of Religious
Studies at UC Santa Barbara
is the V. Cordano Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and is the author of numerous books and articles on American religious culture, sociological movements, and cultural history. Dr. Taves lectures widely on new religious movements.
Dr. Taves will examine the role of extra-ordinary experiences in the early stages of well-documented social and religious movements in American culture such as Mormonism. Although these varied movements take on different social forms, this talk looks at how founding figures, such as Joseph Smith, and their collaborators attribute their experiences to "extra-ordinary" sources. Using Joseph Smith, Mormonism, and the Golden Plates as a case study, Professor Taves argues one can better understand, amongst a myriad of issues, the material objects and artifacts that facilitate the creation of the "revelator" and the "revelation" in modern American culture.
Academic Writing & Documenting American Religious Culture
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
10:30am - 12:00 noon
302 Catt Hall
Moderator: Prof. Michael Bailey (History)
Dr. Ann Taves will present a workshop on her research and writing methodologies.
All Events Sponsored by:
Donald Benson Memorial Lecture on Literature, Science, and the Arts
Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (CEAH)
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
The F. Miller Fund:
This lecture was made possible in part by the generosity of F. Wendell
Miller, who left his entire estate jointly to Iowa State University and the
University of Iowa. Mr. Miller, who died in 1995 at age 97, was born in
Altoona, Illinois, grew up in Rockwell City, graduated from Grinnell College
and Harvard Law School and practiced law in Des Moines and Chicago before
returning to Rockwell City to manage his family's farm holdings and to
practice law. His will helped to establish the F. Wendell Miller Trust, the
annual earnings on which, in part, helped to support this activity.