Richard Bushman’s commentary on politics and the Book of Mormon

On Friday, February 3rd and Saturday, February 4th of this year, Columbia University’s Institute for Religion, Culture & Public Life (IRCPL) hosted a conference titled “Mormonism and American Politics.”  Yesterday the IRCPL posted ten videos to youtube for the following presentations:

  • Richard Lyman Bushman: “Joseph Smith’s Presidential Campaign
  • Sally Barringer Gordon: “The Laws of God and the Lawyers
  • Jan Shipps: “Ezra Taft Benson and the Conservative Turn of Those Amazing Mormons
  • Max Mueller: “Twice Told Tale – Telling Two Histories of Mormon-Black Relations During the 2012 Presidential Election
  • Philip Barlow: “A Mormon-Inflected Foreign Policy?
  • David Campbell: “A Peculiar People?: The Religious, Social and Political Distinctiveness of Mormons
  • Claudia Bushman: “Mormon Women Talk Politics
  • Joanna Brooks: “On the Underground: What the Mormon Yes on 8 Campaign Reveals about the Future of Mormons in American Political Life
  • Russell Arben Fox: “Canon, Community and Civil Religion: Mormonism and Politics in Post-Establishment America
  • Peggy Fletcher Stack: “Mormonism in the Media: The Inadequacy of Parallels or Why Reporters Can Get It Right and Still Be Wrong
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Yeah Samake

(Editors’ note:  this is the first of what we hope will be literally thousands of posts by the great Daniel Bartholomew, who needs no introduction, except to say he’s been blogging about Mormon subjects for many years.)

Yeah Samake is a convert to the LDS Church, a BYU graduate, mayor of Ouelessebougou and a candidate to become president of Mali in 2012.  You can find his website here.

On the “About Myself” portion of his website is written an interesting tidbit about how Yeah Samake allows some of our common religious terminology to enter into his political work:

Samake has instituted a council of tribal elders, what he likes to call his “Elder’s Quorum,” where each village sends two trusted elders to the council. It keeps leaders accountable and has become an agent of communication to the communities.

So, along with the two Mormons seeking to be a presidential candidate here in the United States, LDS people should also pay attention to how the presidential race in Mali goes for brother Yeah Samake. Good luck to him!