The second regional S.U.P. History Symposium of 2014 was held on October 18 in Idaho Falls. The symposium presented an interesting, thought provoking and inspirational panel of speakers.
The Afternoon Session included:
1:00 p.m. Jay A. Parry, a writer and editor in the LDS Church History Department, spoke on “Their Women Were Incredible,” a title taken from a description of the Pioneer women by Wallace Stegner, a non-LDS author of several books about the Mormon Pioneers and their settlements in the West. Jay previously worked as an editor for the Ensign magazine and Deseret Book Company. He has authored more than two dozen books in both the national and LDS markets, including the bestselling The Real George Washington. His latest book is “Back to First Principles”: A Conversation with George Washington. He also has contributed chapters to the first four volumes ofWomen of Faith in the Latter Days. He has taught classes at BYU Education Week since 1999.
2:00 p.m. Paula Harline lead a readers theatre presentation on the subject, “Running from the Law: Four Polygamous Wives on the 1880s Underground.” Paula is the author of “The Polygamous Wives Writing Club,” and an educator in Utah County.
3:00 p.m. Lisa Tait Olsen, historian and writer in the LDS Church History Department, spoke on “Susa Young Gates and the Young Woman’s Journal: Gender and Generations in 1890s Mormonism.” Lisa Tait is a historian and writer in the Church History Department in Salt Lake City. She works on the web team, developing content for the Church history web site and lds.org. Lisa has a PhD in American Literature and women’s studies from the University of Houston. Her research focuses on late nineteenth/early twentieth century Mormon women’s history. She is working on a biography of Susa Young Gates.
4:00 p.m. Glenn Rawson, writer and narrator of the “History of the Saints: Gathering to the West”, spoke about the making of the popular and acclaimed television programs “History of the Saints” and “The Joseph Smith Papers.” In addition to being co-producer of these television series with Dennis Lyman, Glenn has written and told over 500 inspirational stories for many “Sounds of Sunday” radio programs broadcast far and wide. His Books “In The Midst Of Thee” volumes 1 and 2 are a collection of some of these stories. Glenn is a gifted teacher and speaker, contributing to “Especially For Youth” and “Best of EFY” programs, as well as at Education Week.
The Dinner Session featured a full dinner followed by keynote speaker Kim B. Clark, President of BYU Idaho.
6:00 p.m. BYU Idaho President Kim B. Clark. President Clark has been the president of Brigham Young University–Idaho since 2005. Before this appointment, Clark served as Dean of the Harvard Business School (HBS) from 1995 to 2005 and as a Professor of Administration at HBS. Pres. Clark has served in various leadership capacities in the LDS Church, including Bishop, scoutmaster, gospel doctrine teacher, and in a stake mission presidency. From May 2007 to May 2014, he served as an Area Seventy in the church’s Idaho Area.