Survey for Grad Students: Bloggernacle and Mormon Studies

If you are a graduate student and a reader of Mormon themed blogs, this survey is for you! … [Read more...]

Faith and Knowledge Conference Registration Open

The upcoming Faith and Knowledge conference for graduate students in Religious Studies is now accepting participant registration for those not giving papers. The 2011 conference schedule should soon be finalized and made available to those who register. In the past, qualified registrants have been eligible for a free hotel room for the duration of the conference in order to make it easier for graduate students to attend. The $25 registration fee helps pay for the conference expenses. Click … [Read more...]

Tips on Applying to Grad Programs in Religious Studies (Part VI): Funding

The follow post was written by oudenos as part of our continuing series on graduate education.Fall is approaching and applications to Humanities and Religious Studies PhD programs become due as early as the first week of December. Last year FPR posted a series of discussions concerning PhD students’ experiences in various programs at various institutions. This post is an attempt to revisit and revive those discussions for the sake of this year’s crop of applicants. Specifically, I want to t … [Read more...]

Tragedy in Cambridge, MA

This morning at approximately 10:37 AM during the regional Stake Conference broadcast, the fire alarm sounded in the Longfellow Park LDS Chapel in Cambridge, MA.  At first, most thought it was a false alarm, but as people poured onto the street, it was evident that the fire was already serious.  Copious amounts of smoke were pouring from under the eaves and the fire seemed to be mostly in the attic.  It quickly escalated and firemen are still working to put out the flames.The building was co … [Read more...]

Open Thread on New Blog

We are still working out some kinks in the design and functionality of the new blog look. Please let us know what you think of the design and any problems you find. Thanks, The FPR Team … [Read more...]

Barlow going to USU

It's official: Philip Barlow will fill the new Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University (see Salt Lake Tribune story here). This will likely disappoint some prospective students of Claremont Graduate University. However, it's great news for USU students. Barlow is an excellent scholar by all standards. So what are your initial thoughts on the appointment? … [Read more...]

On Watchin’ the Game

The health risks of American football have been getting a lot of attention in the press lately, no doubt in anticipation of the Super Bowl. Both the New York Times and the Boston Globe ran articles on the frequency of head injuries in professional football. The articles highlighted former Patriots linebacker, Ted Johnson, who received several concussions during his career. Johnson’s head injuries resulted in severe depression and drug addiction.Like many other professional and amateur f … [Read more...]

What does architecture say about doctrine?

It was recently announced that Frank Gehry, an icon of postmodern architecture, will be designing a mixed-use development in Lehi, Utah. Gehry is famous for his radically shaped buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. His plans for Lehi will surely break the mold of conventional Utah urbanism. Postmodern architecture is rare in the Beehive State. However, this announcement is not altogether surprising given the success of other recent developments such as the Gateway in Salt Lake … [Read more...]