MHA International Scholars

$900 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 12 months
The Mormon History Association (MHA) seeks to raise $5,000 to support scholars from outside the United States to travel to and participate in the association’s annual conference in Boise, Idaho, on June 7-10, 2018.  If you love Mormon history, this is an excellent opportunity to support the diversification and internationalization of our community of scholars!

MHA is making a concerted effort to diversify its membership and include scholars and students from around the globe in order to help expand our understanding of Mormon history outside of the United States.  An annual fund of $5,000 will allow the association to subsidize the attendance and participation of scholars from Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Pacific Islands, and elsewhere, for whom the expense of traveling to the United States for an MHA conference is often prohibitive.  We need the perspectives and knowledge these scholars can contribute, and ask for your help in elevating their voices.

The Mormon History Association is the preeminent scholarly organization dedicated to the study and understanding of all aspects of the Mormon past.  As an independent, nondenominational, nonprofit organization, we welcome all who are interested in Mormon history.  MHA’s flagship event is our annual conference, scheduled to occur next on June 7-10, 2018, in Boise, Idaho.

Please join us in this initiative to bring a greater international presence to the MHA 2018 conference. Contributions of every level are welcome.  All donations are tax deductible.  Our goal is to raise $5,000.

Thank you for your support of the Mormon History Association and our increasingly global community of scholars and members!
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We still have time to aim for our fundraising goal to support international scholars coming to MHA 2018 in Boise! As a part of this initiative, I want to start highlighting some MHA international scholars and their insights about the significance of participating in this conference. Thank you for your support and for sharing this message!

The following is a statement from Okafor Amaechi Henry, a graduate student in Nigeria:

PROMOTION FOR SPONSOR FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

The importance of supporting international students for the coming conference cannot be measured in funds, the exposure and experiences of these students are first hand and should be considered raw value and testimonials to the happenings in African society and the globe in general. Written materials cannot be compared to the presence of scholars who have faced what it means to be in-between bordered lands and homelands in their own country. A foreigner would not be able to get the full information on Africa by just visiting Africa for some years but a scholar who was born and breed in these communities can provide first hand information on the happenings in the society. The Mormon culture is always in constant conflict with some major African cultures - naming ceremonies, funerals and weddings amongst others are the contact points of the Mormon culture and the African culture. With the presence of international students, there is the availability for a balanced discourse on any subject about their various countries. There is a difference between Mormonism when it is discussed in a religious setting to when it is a free scholastic environment. Global Mormonism is evolving, some non-Mormon scholars have the notion that Mormon culture is neocolonial in a way as it encourages American culture and segregates in a way the way of living of most African tradition and cultures. Africa for example is a very vibrant society when it comes to loud music, dance, drums, folklores and many more and these are held dear by most habitants of these societies, these are major issues for Mormons and non-Mormons. Sponsoring global scholars is a privilege as it further helps to understand Mormonism outside America - with more focus on the church's members and non-members inter-personal relationships and conflicts in these societies.

Sincerely,
Okafor Amaechi Henry,
University of Ibadan,
Nigeria
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Mormon histories and historical experiences have happened throughout the world, and diverse scholars are tracing and exploring these histories in their studies. The Mormon History Association wants to engage more with these incredible scholars throughout the world, specifically at the MHA 2018 conference in Boise. Please help us make this vision of recognizing and gathering diverse scholars from around the globe a reality! Our meetings advance exchange and studies that reach out to the public and world, especially now with the many possibilities of telecommunications and technologies that foster connections and networking. But in-person moments of discourse and interaction are still so vital for the development of studies and scholarly communities. We will be featuring several scholars in this fundraising campaign, so look out for those specific details to come. Please contribute and spread the word, encouraging others to give to the MHA International Scholars fund! Thank you and Happy Holiday Season!
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$900 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 12 months
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