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Marginal Mormons: Race and Religious Identity in the Nineteenth-Century Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Lecture by Quincy Newell
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 7:00pm

The Portland Center for Public Humanities Presents a Lecture by Quincy Newell:

Marginal Mormons: Race and Religious Identity in the Nineteenth-Century Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Wednesday May 16th, 7pm. Smith Memorial Student Union 294| 1825 SW Broadway

The conventional wisdom is that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the LDS, or Mormon, Church) is and always has been almost entirely white.  However, both African Americans and Native Americans have formed a part of the church since its founding in the nineteenth century.  In this talk Quincy Newell will explore some of the ways in which race and religious experience shaped one another for some of these early non-white Mormons.

Quincy D. Newell is an associate professor of Religious Studies at the University of Wyoming.  An Oregon native, she earned her Ph.D. in religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she specialized in the religious history of the American West.  Her first book, Constructing Lives at Mission San Francisco: Native Californians and Hispanic Colonists, 1776-1821, examined the ways in which Native Americans in the San Francisco Bay area adopted, adapted, and rejected Catholicism during the Spanish colonial period.  It was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2009.  Newell is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Marginal Mormons, which analyzes the religious experiences of nineteenth-century African American and Native American members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

You might also be interested in this event: “Is There No Blessing for Me?” Jane James’s Construction of Space in Latter-day Saint History and Practice. Workshop with Quincy Newell

This event is free and open to the public. It is part of the Religion Matters Series and co-sponsored by Religious Studies.  If you have questions concerning access or accommodations for a disability please contact us at publichumanities@pdx.edu. Early requests are encouraged; a week will generally allow us to provide seamless access.