We are very excited to announce that Richard Bushman will be here to celebrate the publication of To Be Learned is Good: Essays on Faith and Scholarship in Honor of Richard Lyman Bushman (published by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute), on Wednesday, January 17. Several of the editors/contributors will also be here to speak about their essays. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and will speak at 6:00 and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail a signed copy or hold one here at the store for pick-up. To RSVP on Facebook, click here.

From the preface: “This volume reflects the vibrant exchanges from a memorable scholars’ colloquium in June 2016 in honor of friend and mentor Richard Lyman Bushman. . . . Richard’s scholarly work speaks for itself. His formidable list of publications appears as an appendix to this collection. In addition to honoring his intellectual contribution to his fields of study, however, this colloquium celebrated his contribution to his colleagues and students: his work as mentor and friend. This volume applauds in particular his attention and care for a generation of Latter-day Saint protégés. In characteristic fashion, when we sought his approval for a festschrift, he demurred, protesting he had been praised enough. Eventually, he agreed on the condition that the undertaking focus on the intersections between the life of the mind and the life of faith and that, not least, this be done from the point of view of LDS scholars.

What follows, then, are essays and introductions that embody Richard’s own priorities and passions. They are scholarly, rigorous, and faithful. They probe meaning and significance through reflection, experience, and comparison. They mingle voices from various perspectives across the spectrum of Christian and Jewish faith traditions and from those who practice no religion at all. In their twin commitments to academic and religious worlds, they reflect our vibrant and productive moment in LDS intellectual life that Richard himself helped to create and shape. In some ways, Richard’s influence pervades the work of contemporary LDS scholars but was established one seminar, one workshop, one student at a time. We are grateful recipients of his friendship and intellectual and spiritual gifts, and we hope the conference out of which this volume arises contributes to that legacy.”

Richard Lyman Bushman is Gouverneur Morris Professor of History Emeritus at Columbia University and author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling. He occupied the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University in California from 2008 to 2011. Bushman has served as president of the Mormon History Association, chaired the advisory committee to the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History at Brigham Young University, and the board of directors of the Mormon Scholars Foundation. He is currently a member of the National Advisory Board for the Joseph Smith Papers project, having served as a general editor from the beginning of the project until 2013.

To Be Learned is Good: Essays on Faith and Scholarship in Honor of Richard Lyman Bushman (ed. by J. Spencer Fluhman, Kathleen Flake and Jed Woodworth). Neal A. Maxwell Institute. Hardcover. $24.95.

Other Titles by Richard Bushman

Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism. University of Illinois Press, 1984. Paperback. $19.95

Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling. Vintage Books, 2007. Paperback. $19.95

On the Road with Joseph Smith. Greg Kofford Books, 2007. Paperback. $14.95

Believing History: Latter-day Saint Essays. Columbia University Press, 2007. Paperback–$34.00/Hardback–$100.00

Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press, 2008. Paperback. $11.95

Building the Kingdom: A History of Mormons in America (with Claudia Bushman). Oxford University Press, 2001. Paperback. $14.95


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