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Mormon Studies Lecture: “Essential Gender in Latter-day Saint Thought”

Join us for a Mormon Studies lecture with Taylor G. Petrey virtually.

In recent decades, scholars and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have emphasized a teaching that “gender is an essential characteristic” of human identity as an explanation for the church’s political and ecclesiastical actions on a range of issues from same-sex relationships to gender roles and transgender policies. This presentation explores the history of these teachings and sets them in context of broader theories of gender and sexual difference.

Meet the speaker:

Taylor G. Petrey
Associate Professor of Religion
Kalamazoo College

Taylor G. Petrey is an associate professor of religion at Kalamazoo College and author of Tabernacles of Clay: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Mormonism (UNC 2020) and co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Mormonism and Gender (2020), among other books and articles. He is editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.

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