Last year I attended the FAIR Conference for the first time and really enjoyed it. So this year I am going back. For those interested in Mormon Studies, or (more particularly) Mormon Apologetics, I strongly encourage you to attend.
Last year there was ground-breaking research unveiled for the first time on the Kirtland Egyptian Papers and their connection to the Book of Abraham. This year will feature several speakers on a variety of topics. Here are just a few presentations that interest me in particular:
Stephen D. Ricks, “The Sacred Embrace in Ancient Egyptian Religion and Art”
Brant Gardner, “The Gift and Power: Translating the Book of Mormon”
Steven C. Harper, “Accounts of the First Vision”
Newell Bringhurst, “The 2012 Presidential Race and the Mormon Question” (As a political science major, I can’t help but get excited when my major and my hobby intersect like this!)
Don Bradley, “‘President Joseph Has Translated a Portion’: Solving the Mystery of the Kinderhook Plates” (This one sounds very promising…though I fear the title might be promising too much…I hope not though!)
Paul Fields, “Book of Mormon ‘Wordprint’ Analysis: How to do it wrong…and how to do it right” (My very good friend from high school, who recently finished his undergrad at BYU and has received a full-ride scholarship [or something like that] to Harvard for his graduate work, helped collect the research and data for this presentation)
Chris Watkins, “Excavating the Text: Archaeological Expectations for the Book of Mormon Peoples”
There are several more presentations as well. The FAIR Bookstore also sets up shop at the conference and offers a lot of books as a discount price.