Skip to main content

BYU Broadcasting to stream Joseph Smith symposium

BYU Broadcasting will provide a live video and audio stream of "The Worlds of Joseph Smith" symposium to be held May 6 -7, 2005, in the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

For audio and video streaming—and for additional information on the conference—please visit For the official Joseph Smith Symposium, go to

The academic symposium, co-sponsored by The Library of Congress and Brigham Young University, will examine the religious, social and theological contributions of Joseph Smith Jr., the first president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in recognition of the bicentennial of his birth.

Religion experts from Baylor, BYU, Columbia, Pepperdine and other major universities will make presentations and participate in the symposium. Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be a featured speaker. Prior to his call to full-time Church service, Elder Oaks served as a Utah Supreme Court justice, as president of BYU and as a professor of law at the University of Chicago.

The schedule of presentations that will be streamed is as follows:

Day 1, May 6

Opening Comments and Orientation (9:30 am)

Session 1: Joseph Smith in His Own Time

Presiding: Richard E. Turley Jr.

Presenter: Richard L. Bushman: "Joseph Smith's Many Histories"

Response: Robert V. Remini

Response: Richard T. Hughes

Response: Grant Underwood

Discussion and Q&A

Session 2: Joseph Smith and the Recovery of Past Worlds (2:00–4:30 p.m.)

Presiding: Noel B. Reynolds

Presenter: Terryl L. Givens "Joseph Smith: Prophecy, Process and Plentitude"

Response: Margaret Barker

Response: John E. Clark

Response: John W. Welch

Discussion and Q&A

Evening Session: Joseph Smith in a Personal World (7:15–8:30 p.m.)

Conducting: Bruce L. Olsen

Introduction: President Cecil O. Samuelson, Brigham Young University

Presenter: Elder Dallin H. Oaks, The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Day 2, May 7

Session 1: Joseph Smith Challenges the Theological World (9–11:30)

Presiding: Andrew C. Skinner

Presenter: David L. Paulsen, "Joseph Smith Challenges the Christian Theological World"

Response: Richard J. Mouw

Response: Randall H. Balmer

Response: Robert L. Millet

Discussion and Q&A

Session 2: Joseph Smith and the Making of a Global Religion (1:30–4:00)

Presiding: Jill Mulvay Derr

Presenter: Douglas J. Davies, "World Religion: Dynamics and Constraints"

Response: Jan Shipps

Response: Gerald R. McDermott

Response: Roger R. Keller

Discussion and Q&A

In addition to the streaming, BYU Television will be broadcasting highlights of the conference in late June. Information on dates and times will be available on

overrideBackgroundColorOrImage= overrideTextColor= overrideTextAlignment= overrideCardHideSection=false overrideCardHideByline=false overrideCardHideDescription=false overridebuttonBgColor= overrideButtonText=