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May 20-21, 2016–Zina and Boyd Petersen

BoydandZinaPetersenMiller Eccles Study Group Texas is excited to announce that our May 2016 speakers will be Zina and Boyd Petersen.  Zina and Boyd are uniquely situated to discuss the life and legacy of one of Mormonism’s most gifted and prolific intellectual icons—Hugh Nibley.  Join us as Zina, one of Hugh’s daughters, and Boyd, Hugh’s biographer, tell Hugh’s remarkable story.

DATES AND LOCATIONS:

Friday, May 20, 7 pm (McKinney)
110 E. Davis Street
McKinney, Texas 75070

Saturday, May 21, 7 pm (Arlington)
3804 Indian Springs Trail
Arlington, Texas 76016

THE TOPIC:

“One Long Shout of Hallelujah: Hugh Nibley and the Vastness of the Gospel”

Hugh Nibley was arguably the most important Mormon scholar of the second half of the twentieth century. Marshaling a brilliant mind, exceptional linguistic talent, and quick wit, he defended LDS beliefs and scripture and simultaneously offered a sharp critique of Mormon culture. He gave Latter-day Saints reasons to believe, but also an ideal to strive for: the establishment of Zion.  His messages simultaneously comforted those disturbed by reason’s intrusion on faith, and disturbed those grown comfortable in a worldly Babylon.  Zina and Boyd will discuss the life and legacy of Hugh Nibley and examine its relevance for the twenty-first century.

THE SPEAKERS:

Zina Nibley Petersen received her BA from Brigham Young University and MA and PhD from The Catholic University of America. She is associate professor of English at BYU where she teaches British medieval literature, literary history, and English Christian writings.  She is a daughter of Hugh Nibley.

Boyd Jay Petersen is the Program Coordinator for Mormon Studies at Utah Valley University and the editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.  He received his B.A. from Brigham Young University, an M.A. from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Utah.  His biography of Hugh Nibley received the 2003 Best Biography Award from the Mormon History Association. He is currently serving in the Church as a Gospel Doctrine teacher.