New Mormon Studies Chair Established at the University of Virginia

 

 

Richard Lyman Bushman
Gouverneur Morris Professor of History Emeritus,
Columbia University

 

The University of Virginia formally announced today that it is creating a “Richard Lyman Bushman Chair of Mormon Studies” in its Department of Religious Studies, which is housed within the University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

 

The Bushman Chair, long anticipated, will join such other establishments as the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University in California (which Professor Bushman himself inaugurated, but which is now held by Dr. Patrick Mason), the Leonard J. Arrington Professorship of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University in Logan (currently held by Professor Philip L. Barlow), the Mormon Studies program at Utah Valley University (Dr. Boyd Petersen, program coordinator), and the Mormon Studies effort led by Professor Douglas J. Davies at the University of Durham in the United Kingdom.

 

It’s pleasing to see the maturation of academic interest in Mormonism beyond the Church itself and its sponsored institutions, as signaled by these relatively new programs and chairs.

 

 

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