Independent scholar Brigham Barnes explores allusions to Mormonism, Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and the Book of Mormon in James Joyce's novels Ulysses and Finnegans Wake, leading to a larger discussion of how Mormon Studies might expand to embrace artworks by members of the Church and also works about our culture, texts, and people by others. Music includes exclusive content of a bootleg recording of an excerpt from Murray Boren's opera, The Dead, adapted from Joyce's short story.
Ruby Gilmore and Addy Hawley are teenagers who have performed with the Metropolitan Opera and American Ballet Theatre companies. In this podcast, Ruby and Addy talk about the dedication required and the joys encountered in the performing arts. They also discuss what it's like to perform alongside principal ballerinas and international opera stars who are LDS, like they are, and how talent and testimony intersect.
The newest book by Richard Lyman Bushman is The American Farmer in the Eighteenth Century: A Social and Cultural History. In this podcast, Bushman discusses the legacy of farming and labor as a shaper of America society, the tragedy of Native American displacement and slavery as a consequence of farm expansion, and the influences of the family on larger issues of American culture.
Author Randy Astle describes the largely unknown story of early Mormon film and its remarkable connection with LDS history. A product of twenty years of research, his new book, Mormon Cinema: Origins to 1952, published by the Mormon Arts Center, is a landmark volume full of extraordinary and entertaining stories.
In this episode, Angolan painter Hildebrando de Melo discusses his life and work, including the chaos and brutality of his country's decades-long civil war, and his responses to it through the lens of a search for God.
The legacy of composer James W. McConkie is explored by his grandson, Jamie Erekson, including a vintage recording of the composer who studied with Arthur Honneger and Nadia Boulanger and who was the brother of LDS apostle, Bruce R. McConkie.