Dialogue Lectures #14 w/ Brandon Plewe

Brandon Plewe brings his cartographic expertise to discuss his latest work: Mapping Mormonism: An Atlas of Latter-day Saint History in the 14th Dialogue podcast, recorded live at the Miller Eccles study group in March.

From the Miller Eccles website: Brandon Plewe is is assistant professor of Geography at Brigham Young University. After a bachelor’s degree in Cartography and Mathematics from Brigham Young University, he earned his masters and PhD degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo. A cartographer at heart, his career has focused on historical geographic information systems (GIS) and historical cartography, with an emphasis on representing the spatial history of Utah and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brandon and his wife Jamie have five children.

Mapping Mormonism: An Atlas of Latter-day Saint History, brings together contributions from sixty experts in the fields of geography, history, Mormon history, and economics to produce the most monumental work of its kind. Among those contributing authors are many past Miller Eccles presenters, including S. Kent Brown, Richard Turley, Gregory Prince, Reid Neilson, Ronald Esplin, Mark Staker, Donald Enders, Alexander Baugh, Richard Bennett, Jill Mulvay Derr, William Hartley, Thomas Alexander and Kenneth Godfrey.

More than an atlas, the book also includes hundreds of timelines and charts, along with carefully researched descriptions, that track the Mormon movement from its humble beginnings to its worldwide expansion.

A work of this magnitude rarely comes along. Five years in the making and updated right before going to press, Mapping Mormonism is proving to be a landmark reference work in Mormon studies. Brandon’s presentation will draw on the most interesting of the book’s maps and charts and will discuss how they came to be and what we learn from them.

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