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Announcing a Symposium on Women, Religion, and Records

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SALT LAKE CITY—The Church Historians Press is pleased to announce a one-day symposium on women, religion, and records to be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023. The symposium, sponsored by the Church History Department, celebrates the release and publication in recent years of a host of records on Latter-day Saint women's experiences, including sermons, Relief Society records, minutes of the Relief Society general board, and the discourses and diaries, respectively, of Relief Society past presidents Eliza R. Snow and Emmeline B. Wells.

A distinguished group of invited scholars will share their historical and archival expertise on records of womens religious experience over the past three hundred years. Each presenter will explore a historical record that provides insight into the life of a woman or women from a particular religious tradition, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism. Additionally, the event will include a tribute to the work of the late Dr. Kate Holbrook, who convened the participants.

Panelists will include Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (Harvard University), Ann Braude (Harvard University), Emily Clark (Tulane University), Judith Rosenbaum (Jewish Womens Archive), Elora Shehabuddin (UC Berkeley), Neelima Shukla-Bhatt (Wellesley College), Ula Y. Taylor (UC Berkeley), and Jill Mulvay Derr, Jennifer Reeder, and Lisa Olsen Tait of the Church History Department.

The event is free to attend and will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Little Theater in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Register online to receive additional details and the conference program when available.

Eliza R. Snow (right), second Relief Society general president; Elizabeth Ann Whitney (left); Emmeline B. Wells (standing, rear), fifth Relief Society general president. Photograph by Charles R. Savage. (PH 892, Church History Library, Salt Lake City.)

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