The Spirit of Dialogue Conference


Schedule of Events

9:00 – 9:50 Grappling with Groupthink: Dialogue’s Role in Addressing Critical Social Issues

Megan Conley

Writer, media personality,

Gabrielle Stanley Blair

Courtney Clark Kendrick, columnist, speaker and community activist

Michael Austin

Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of Evansville

Molly Bennion, moderator

Writer, attorney, investor

10:00 – 10:50 It’s Academic: Dialogue’s Role in Establishing and Furthering Mormon Studies

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Ardis Parshall

Independent historian

Benjamin Park

Assistant professor of American religious history at Sam Houston State University

Barbara Jones Brown

Writer, editor, reseacher, historian

Blair Van Dyke

Instructor at the Orem Institute of Religion

Patrick Mason, moderator

Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies and associate professor of religion at Claremont Graduate University

11:00 – 11:50 Imagining Mormonism: Dialogue and the Expressive Arts

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Brian Kershisnik


Scott Bronson

Playwright, actor, and director who is also artistic director of the Little Theater at the Covey Center of the Arts in Provo

Jack Harrell


Sterling Van Wagenen

Film and stage producer, writer, and director

Eric Samuelsen

Playwright and emeritus professor of theatre at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah

Julie Nichols

Associate Professor of creative writing at Utah Valley University

Tom Rogers, moderator and panelist

Playwright and professor emeritus of Russian language and literature at Brigham Young University

11:50 – 12:30 The Dialogue Dream: From Inception to the Present

Armand Maussmoderator and discussant

Professor emeritus of Sociology and Religious Studies at Washington State University

12:30 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 1:50 The Dialogue Reality: Dialogue’s Editors

Robert A. Rees

Dialogue Editor: 1970-1976, Professor of Religious Studies Program at UC Berkeley

L. Jackson Newell

Dialogue Editor: 1982-1987, Professor Emeritus at the University of Utah

Kristine Haglund

Dialogue Editor: 2009-2015, Writer, blogger, lecturer

Charlotte England


Bob Goldberg, moderator

Director Tanner Humanities Center and professor of history at University of Utah

2:00 – 2:50 Letting Our Differences Make a Difference: Dialogue’s Role in Mormon Diversity

Greg Prince


Margaret Blair Young

Writer, playwright

Darius Gray

Writer, trailblazer, lecturer

Alice Faulkner Burch

Writer, trailblazer, indexer

Paul Reeve

Director of Graduate Studies and professor of history at University of Utah

Bob Goldberg, moderator

Director Tanner Humanities Center and professor of history at University of Utah

3:00 – 3:45 Dialogue and the Future of Faith

Marlin Jensen

Emeritus general authority seventy and church historian

Greg Prince

Writer, businessman, and austism advocate



Religious Studies Program, Utah Valley University

For more information, contact Boyd Petersen at or Emily Jensen at

The conference is free and open to the public.

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Full presenter biographies