Religious Historian to Speak About Mormonism at Forum Feb. 17

· February 10, 2012

Matthew Bowman, author of “The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith,” will give an address entitled, “Eternal Progression: Mormonism and American Progressivism,” on Friday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. in the Stoddard Center at Southern Virginia University.

Bowman is the associate editor of “Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.” He also is a visiting assistant professor of religion at Hampden-Sydney College.

In 2011, Bowman received his doctorate in American religious history from Georgetown University. His dissertation, “The Urban Pulpit: Evangelicals and the City in New York, 1880–1930,” was funded by the prestigious Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. He also holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in American history from the University of Utah.

His work on American evangelicism and Mormonism has appeared in, among other places, Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation, Journal of the Early Republic, and The New Republic. He currently resides in Farmville, Va.

Community members and Southern Virginia faculty, staff and students are invited to hear forum and devotional speakers each Friday morning at 11 a.m. in the Stoddard Center. Recordings of past forum and devotional speeches may be accessed online.