The Neal A. Maxwell Institute at Brigham Young University has invited 10 scholars to participate in a second summer seminar on “The Gold Plates as Cultural Artifact.” The seminar will be held on the BYU campus in Provo, Utah, from June 18 to July 27. This seminar continues the series of seminars on Mormon culture begun in the summer of 1997.
The seminar will be conducted by Richard Bushman, Professor of History Emeritus at Columbia University. Participants will consider the gold plates as a cultural object situated in various environments ranging from the Book of Mormon to modern popular culture. The seminar will ask how cultural meanings have attached themselves to the gold plates in these various environments and what the plates mean today.
Each participant will be asked to prepare a paper on some aspect of the plates’ cultural history for presentation in a public symposium. Dates for this symposium will be announced here when they are available.