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19th Annual Arrington Lecture Speaker Announced

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013

Arrington Lecture guest Dr. Gregory A. Prince

Dr. Gregory A. Prince presents the 19th Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Logan LDS Tabernacle.The lecture is hosted by Utah State University's University Libraries and Special Collections and Archives.

Dr. Gregory A. Prince has been selected to present the 19th annual Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture. The lecture is an annual event hosted by University Libraries and its Special Collections and Archives Division at Utah State University. The lecture is sponsored by University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives, the Leonard J. Arrington Lecture and Archives Foundation and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah State University.

Prince will speak Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Logan LDS Tabernacle, 50 N. Main Street, Logan. The lecture is free and open to the public. The title of Prince’s lecture is “Faith and Doubt as Partners in Mormon History.”

According to Brad Cole, associate dean for Special Collections and Archives at USU, the lecture committee selects speakers who actively write and present on Mormon and history topics.

“We always ask the speaker to create a fresh piece of scholarship for the lecture, and Prince has a reputation for unique approaches to his work and unique thought,” Cole said. “Dr. Prince was selected because of his strong reputation in Mormon scholarship over the past two decades. His biography of David O. McKay was met with acclaim and he is currently working on a biography of Leonard Arrington.”

A nine-member lecture board makes the speaker selection each year.

Special Collections and Archives houses the personal and historical collections of the late Leonard J. Arrington, renowned scholar of the American West. As part of that gift to the university, Arrington requested that the historical collection also become the focus for an annual lecture on an aspect of Mormon history. Honoring that request, the Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture series was established in 1995.

Through its evolution, the Arrington lecture has become a popular and successful event.

“Interest in the Arrington lecture series continues to grow,” Cole said. “We’ve attracted top flight scholars from across the country to present the lecture — individuals that include established names in the field of Mormon studies plus scholars who are working on ground-breaking research.”

Over the years, the program has grown into an annual community lecture that attracts hundreds, Cole said.

Prince, the 2013 lecturer, was born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif. He attended Dixie College in Utah and UCLA, earning degrees in dentistry and pathology. The focus of his scientific research, spanning four decades, was respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), the primary cause of infant pneumonia worldwide. He has published more than 150 scientific papers. In addition to his career in science, he has developed an avocation as a historian of Mormonism, publishing many articles and two books, Power From on High: The Development of Mormon Priesthood (1995) and David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism (2005).

“Anyone interested in Mormon history should definitely attend this year’s lecture,” Cole said. “Greg Prince is one of the top scholars currently working in the field. He does extensive research on his topics and his lectures contain lively stories and facts that reflect this attention to detail.”

In addition to the lecture, the series also sponsors a writing competition open to the region’s university students. Cash awards are presented.

More information about the Leonard J. Arrington Collection, past lectures and the rules for the Arrington Writing Awards can be found online. For information call (435) 797-2663.

Related links:

Arrington Mormon History Lecture Series

USU Special Collections and Archives

USU’s University Libraries

Writer: Patrick Williams, (435) 797-1354,

Contact: Brad Cole (435) 797-8268,

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