This year's conference will be virtual.
The King's English Bookshop is a proud exhibitor of this conference and offers books written by featured speakers, including:
Kenneth L. Alford | Utah and the American Civil War: The Written Record
Val Holley | 25th Street Confidential: Drama, Decadence, and Dissipation along Ogden's Rowdiest Road
Farina Noelani King | Returning Home: Diné Creative Works from the Intermountain Indian School
William P. MacKinnon | At Sword's Point, Part I: A Documentary History of the Utah War to 1858 and At Sword's Point, Part 2, Volume 11: A Documentary History of the Utah War, 1858-1859
W. Paul Reeve | Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness
See book links below to purchase.
This year Utah and the world have been gripped by a deadly pandemic. In recognition of the trauma and disruption of the past year, the 2021 conference will focus on public health. Beyond medicine and health outcomes, this theme also raises questions and assumptions about our medical, psychological, and religious understanding of bodily wellness; health-related policies and practices; racial, gender, and class inequalities; our democratic and political systems; and impacts on social cohesion.
Integral to public health is the notion of the common good, a concept with deep philosophical and religious roots that seems to have less currency today. The common good is often dismissed or considered antithetical to a society organized around the individual. Yet in the age of COVID-19, as personal resistance to state mask mandates and debates over who should get vaccinated first reveal, the relationship of the individual to the body politic (and vice versa) seems to be a renewed conversation in the making.
The conference promises to present other interpretations of public health and the common good, as they pertain to Utah history, to encourage a broad understanding of the topic.