Hugh Nibley Weekly Lecture Series Beginning Tonight at BYU

Dr. Richard Bushman

The Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies and the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS), in conjunction with Religious Education and the Harold B. Lee library, are hosting a weekly lecture series that begins tonight, January 14th, 2010, at 7:00pm, and extends through Winter Semester 2010 on Thursday evenings in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium at BYU.

This lecture series is in honor of the 100th anniversary of Hugh Nibley’s birth this year.  Hugh Nibley was born on March 27, 1910.

The presenters at these lectures will include Richard Bushman, Robert Millet, Terry Ball, Daniel Peterson, Zina Petersen, Ann Madsen, Alex Nibley, Bert Wilson, John Welch, Marilyn Arnold, Eric Huntsman, and Gaballa Ali Gaballa.

Tonight’s lecture is by Richard Bushman, biographer of Joseph Smith (Rough Stone Rolling), and an editor of the Joseph Smith Papers Project.  His topic is “Nibley and Joseph Smith.”  Next week’s lecture, January 21st, will be by Robert Millet who will present on “Nibley and the Church.”

I’m looking forward to these lectures.  Hugh Nibley catapulted LDS scholarship and apologetics into a new dimension, and his work will affect many generations of Latter-day Saints to come.  His work on the temple has particularly influenced me, and many others I know.

Update 1/15/10: The lecture was wonderful last night.  And there’s good news!  There were three cameras there filming it, which I think they will continue for the series, which means that they are planning on putting it all on TV or making it available somehow for later viewing (perhaps online).  They also gave the rest of the series schedule of lectures:

  • 14 Jan – “Nibley and Joseph Smith” – Richard Bushman
  • 21 Jan – “Nibley and the Church” – Robert Millet
  • 28 Jan – “Nibley’s Early Education” – Zina Petersen
  • 4 Feb – “Nibley as Apologist” – Daniel Peterson
  • 11 Feb – “Nibley and the environment” – Terry Ball
  • 18 Feb – “Graduate School through BYU” – Alex Nibley
  • 25 Feb – “Nibley on the Bible” – Ann Madsen
  • 4 Mar – “Folklore on Nibley” – Bert Wilson
  • 11 Mar – “The Lasting Legacies of Hugh W. Nibley” – John W. Welch
  • 18 Mar – “Nibley and Classical Scholarship” – Eric Huntsman
  • 25 Mar – “Nibley on the Book of Mormon” – Marilyn Arnold
  • 1 Apr – “Nibley the Mentor” – Wilfred Griggs
  • 8 Apr – “Nibley, Egyptology & the Book of Abraham” – TBA

These lectures will all be held in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium (Level 1) at 7:00pm.  This is a great lineup!  If you plan on coming to these lectures, make sure you come early to get a seat, as the room was filled to overflowing last night.


  1. Tony
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    It’s a pity they don’t broadcast these. Oh, am I missing out :/

  2. Posted January 14, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    I could easily set up a webcam and broadcast these live on the internet from my laptop. Most of the time when I ask, they tell me no. Maybe I’ll ask again.

  3. Tony
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    It’s alright. I just think it would be neat if they did it through BYUTV or something.

  4. brandt
    Posted January 15, 2010 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    1. They really need to put this in podcast format. This would be a wonderful find on iTunes, and I know many would love to have this.
    2. Any rumors of Boyd Peterson presenting? If Zina’s presenting, would he be there?

  5. Tia
    Posted January 15, 2010 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    Thanks for advertising this! My husband and I went and really enjoyed it! We both love the book Rough Stone Rolling and were so excited to hear from Bushman in person. We even stayed after and shook his hand. Now we plan to go each week.

  6. Posted January 15, 2010 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    Hi brandt,

    1. I agree that a podcast would be great, but I doubt they will go that far. Having it available on the Maxwell Institute website would be a great start!
    2. It does not look like Boyd Petersen will be presenting, just his wife, Zina. Although I’m sure Boyd will be there.

  7. Posted January 15, 2010 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Hi Tia,

    I’m glad you were able to make it to the lecture. I greatly enjoyed it as well, and plan on attending most of the lectures. I learned more about the Prophet Joseph Smith from Rough Stone Rolling than I have from any other publication; it really increased my testimony of the divine call of that man. I’m actually working on a project related to Rough Stone Rolling that I started over a year ago, but I haven’t finished. Hopefully I’ll be able to get it done soon. I think it will be valuable to students of Joseph Smith history, and those who’ve read Rough Stone Rolling.

  8. Tony
    Posted January 16, 2010 at 12:55 am | Permalink


  9. Posted January 20, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    I agree, it should be in podcast format! Thank you for this!

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