Cristina Rosetti Named Tanner Fellow in Mormon Studies

Cristina Rosetti

Cristina Rosetti, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Religious Studies, has been named the Mormon Studies Fellow at the Tanner Humanities Center of the University of Utah. The Tanner Fellowship is a nationally competitive, prestigious fellowship that is offered each year to a graduate student in the field of Mormon Studies.

The fellowship offers a $20,000 stipend that will allow Rosetti to continue archival and ethnographic research during the 2017-2018 academic year. Her research project during the fellowship is titled “The Veil was Thin: Mormon Interactions with Spiritualism in Contemporary Mormon Movements.”

“The Tanner Fellowship is one of the most prestigious fellowships in Mormon Studies,” said Amanda Lucia, associate professor of religious studies and Rosetti’s dissertation advisor. “Cristina’s dissertation research uncovers the narratives of people, practices, and ideas heretofore marginalized and buried in the archive. I am so pleased that the Tanner committee has recognized the originality of Cristina’s research and the significant intervention that she is making in the field.”

Rosetti expects to complete her Ph.D. in June 2019. Her dissertation uses ethnographic and archival research to investigate the extent to which members of Mormon groups were involved in 19th century Spiritualist practices and how this involvement manifests in the present.

“My work seeks to understand the contemporary practice of spirit communication among Mormons,” she said. “As a religious organization with a centralized authority system, moments of spiritual revelation and power are generally reserved for specific individuals within the church’s hierarchy. Much like the spiritualists of the past, many of the informants and communities involved in my research are members of marginalized groups that gain special insight into the spiritual world through ritual practice. More than simply a religious practice, these interactions are also foundational to the way these groups navigate their place within broader Mormon culture. I am hopeful that this work will increase the way Mormon Studies understands the nature of divine revelation and access to spiritual authority.”

UCR ARTSblock Receives Grant from California Arts Council

The UC Riverside ARTSblock has received an $8,000 grant for its summer Off the Block Video Documentary Workshop for Teens. The workshop is open to promising filmmakers, ages 15 to 19. They will learn the basic skills for producing a short documentary video as well as techniques in interviewing, storyboarding, filming, and editing.

The final productions will be shown for friends and family. Past participants have had their works showcased at local film festivals, PBS, and Adobe.

The California Arts Council’s mission is to advance the state through the arts and creativity. Its vision is to enrich the lives of all Californians by creating access to and participation in a diverse spectrum of artists and arts, and cultural experiences. They engage in partnerships, collaborations, and collective endeavors with other government agencies, private, and nonprofit entities across sectors, and encourage other constituents to do the same.

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