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Mormon Studies Lecture: “The Spiritual Evolution of Margarito Bautista: Mexican Mormon Evangelizer, Polygamist Dissident and Utopian Founder, 1878-1961” featuring Elisa Eastwood Pulido and David E. Hayes-Bautista

Join us for a Mormon Studies lecture with Elisa Eastwood Pulido (PhD, Religion, ’15) and David E. Hayes-Bautista, PhD virtually.

Elisa will discuss her recent spiritual biography of Margarito Bautista, a Mexican cultural nationalist, Mormon convert, and Utopian Founder. Bautista left behind thousands of pages of his own writing—more than any other indigenous convert to date. Elisa will discuss the major contributions of his extant works. She will demonstrate that Bautista’s efforts to publish and distribute his thought throughout the U.S.-Mexico borderlands was an authorial activism meant to offer a new spiritual identity to Mexicans and encourage them to prepare for a prophetic destiny of leadership on the world stage. David will contextualize Margarito’s life and thought through a presentation of his research on the centuries-long intellectual tradition of Atlauhtla, Margarito’s birthplace, and surrounding areas on Mexico’s Central Plateau. His discussion will include ancient documents, intellectual contributions, and major figures of the area, including Chilmalpahin, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Antonio Alzate, and Emiliano Zapata.

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Meet the speakers:

Elisa Eastwood Pulido
Visiting Scholar at the Center for Global Mormon Studies
Claremont Graduate University

Elisa Eastwood Pulido’s (PhD, Religion, ’15) research areas include Race and Religion, Religion in Latin America, and Mormon Studies. Her recent book The Spiritual Evolution of Margarito Bautista: Mexican Mormon Evangelizer, Polygamist Dissident, and Utopian Founder, 1878-1961 was released by Oxford University Press in June of 2020. She is currently a Visiting Scholar in Global Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University and lives in Huntington Beach, CA with her daughter.

David E. Hayes-Bautista
Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles

David E. Hayes-Bautista’s research into Latino health and culture, including the Latino Epidemiological Paradox and Latinos’ historical presence in the U.S., has led him to study the links between culture, behavior, and health, as detailed in his books, including El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition (University of California Press, 2012) and La Nueva California: Latinos from Pioneers to Post Millennials (University of California Press, 2017).

Mormon Studies Lecture: “The Spiritual Evolution of Margarito Bautista: Mexican Mormon Evangelizer, Polygamist Dissident and Utopian Founder, 1878-1961”