PROVO -- The author of "The Work and the Glory" series will be the keynote speaker at a Brigham Young University Studies symposium and reception Saturday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Joseph Smith Building auditorium.

Gerald N. Lund will discuss "The Facts behind the Lessons of The Work and the Glory."The symposium is part of the 40th anniversary celebration of BYU Studies, the leading LDS scholarly journal, which is published quarterly at BYU and features multidisciplinary LDS subjects.

Admission is free, and the public is welcome. For more information, call 378-6691.

In addition to the keynote address by Lund, four other speakers will give addresses at the symposium.

Richard H. Cracroft, professor of English at BYU, will speak about the place of "The Work and the Glory" in literature for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Doris R. Dant, assistant teaching professor of English at BYU and executive editor of BYU Studies, will speak about Minerva Teichert's memoirs concerning her work on the murals in the LDS Church's Manti Temple.

Bart J. Kowallis, chairman of the department of geology at BYU, will give a geologist's view of the great destruction described in 3 Nephi of the Book of Mormon. Kowallis will show slides of volcanic activity and will present information from eyewitness accounts in support of the descriptions of destruction in the Book of Mormon.

John W. Welch, professor of law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School and editor in chief of BYU Studies, will also speak about the earliest Christian interpretation of the parable of the Good Samaritan in the Bible.