Symposium proposals sought

Brigham Young University Religious Education is seeking proposals for the 38th annual Sydney B. Sperry Symposium.

"We invite proposals that demonstrate a scholarly exploration of ways in which the Old Testament teaches of Jesus Christ and his gospel," said Patty Smith of Religious Education. "Only papers fully grounded in the Old Testament will be considered. The proposed research is expected to make an original contribution to our understanding of the Old Testament."

The one-page proposals should be written in essay form with four paragraphs detailing the following elements: the central question the research aims to answer, a preliminary thesis, a brief bibliography and a brief statement of the writer's experience or training. Please include name, occupation, address, phone number, e-mail address and a working title. Proposals must be submitted electronically as an attached Word, WordPerfect or PDF document to by April 28, 2008.

For additional information, contact Smith at 801-422-3611 or D. Kelly Ogden at 801-422-3978. The symposium will be held in October 2009.

Elder Ballard at BYU-I graduation

On Friday, more than 1,400 Brigham Young University-Idaho students will receive diplomas at winter commencement exercises. Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve will be the featured speaker. The university will award 1,238 bachelor's degrees and 174 associate degrees. About half of the graduates (626) are married, while 609 have served as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The youngest graduate, McKenzie Jo Mayne, 18, will receive an associate degree. The oldest graduate, John S. Dexter, 61, will receive a bachelor's degree.

2 lectures on Milton Monday

University of California-Irvine associate professor of English Victoria A. Siler will present two lectures about John Milton on Monday at Brigham Young University. The first lecture will be on "Paradise Lost," beginning at 2 p.m. in Room B092 in the Joseph F. Smith Building. The second lecture on "Milton and Indecency Yet Once More" will begin at 3 p.m. in the same room. Silver is the author of "Imperfect Sense: The Predicament of Milton's Irony ... " For more information, contact Matt Ancell at 801-422-1707.

'Joseph' pageant in Pocatello

The University 2nd Stake in Pocatello is in the midst of presenting the "City of Joseph" pageant at the institute building near Idaho State University. Director Gerald Bench was the original director of the production, which ran for 27 years in Nauvoo, Ill. He directed the pageant for 20 years and now resides in Pocatello. Three performances were held last week, and three more will take place this week. The free shows are scheduled for today, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the institute building.

Show celebrates cultures

Remembering Our Culture, a group of LDS students at BYU and Utah Valley State College, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center, Provo. The students represent several ethnic groups.