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Conference Schedule

Amish America: Plain Technology in a Cyber World

Live Video Schedule | Full Schedule | Posters

Live Video: If you can't join us in person then join our live video stream for 5 select sessions:

Thursday, June 6
3:30-5:00 p.m. Seminar: "From the Buggy to the Byte: How the Amish Tame Technology" - Donald B. Kraybill > Join Live Video
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7:00 p.m. Plenary Session: "What the Amish Can Teach (and Learn From) Nerds and Geeks" - Kevin Kelly > Join Live Video
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Friday, June 7
10:30 a.m. Plenary Session: "A Tale of Two Kitchens: Gender and Technology in Amish Communities" - Karen Johnson-Weiner
 "Gender and The Amish" (film) Callie Wiser
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1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Panel: Meet the Authors of THE AMISH
Authors Donald Kraybill, Karen Johnson-Weiner, and Steven Nolt discuss their new book
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Saturday, June 8
11:15 a.m. Plenary Session: "Amish Participation in Medical Research: A Partnership of Trust and Mutual benefit" - Alan Shuldiner > Join Live Video
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Full Schedule

Thursday, June 6
8:00 am - 3:00 pm Optional pre-conference tours
10:00 Bookstore opens, Posters open
10:30 Registration begins
1:00 pm Conference opens/Welcome
1:30 - 3:00 SESSION I (seven options)
  A. Papers: Advances in Understanding Amish Health
Seasonal Mood Disorders (Postolache)
Amish Values and Genetic Medicine (King)
Heritable Diseases in Holmes County (Cassady, et al.)
  B. Papers: Horse-Drawn Transportation and Farming
Transportation (Warren and Enoch)
Buggy Accidents (Dewalt and Bradley)
Changes in Horse Farming (Kendell and Stoltzfus)
  C. Papers: Former Amish
Former Amish (Faulkner and Dinger)
Former Amish Memoirs (Graybill)
Case Study of an Exit (Furlong)
  D. Seminar
  E. Seminar
"Amish Spirituality and the Rest of Us" (D. Weaver-Zercher and Nolt)
  F. Seminar
  G. Panel: Historical Perspectives
Restoration of the Nicholas Stoltzfus house (Kurtz); New York Amish “settlers” as historic preservationists (Livecchia); history and growth of Amish farm markets in the mid-Atlantic region (Stoltzfus)
3:00 Break [Poster interpretations]
3:30 - 5:00 SESSION II (seven options)
  A. Papers: Education and Schooling
Blackboard Bulletin and Literacy (Dutcher) 
Home Schooling (Suzuki)
  B. Papers: Amish Faith, Ritual, and Mission
Martyrs Mirror (D. Weaver-Zercher)
Modernity and Amish Singing (Voelkl)
Amish Teachers in Mexico (Nolt)
  C. Seminar
  D. Seminar
  E. Panel: Developing New Clinics For Special Children
The merits of the Clinic for Special Children and similar “medical homes” and the challenges of establishing new clinics (H. Morton, P. Morton, representatives from Plain communities)
  F. Panel: Teaching Courses on Amish Society
Faculty members discuss teaching methods and resources used to teach Amish Studies courses (Brock, Anderson, Donnermeyer, Reschly, Stevick, and Webb)
  G. Panel: New Technological Challenges for Plain (Car-Driving) Mennonites
Impact of technology and strategies for handling it among Plain Mennonites (Burdge and members of those churches)
5:15 - 6:45 Dinner
7:00 PLENARY SESSION
  "What the Amish Can Teach (and Learn From) Nerds and Geeks" Kevin Kelly
  Author book signings
9:00 Reception (sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Press)
Friday, June 7
 7:15 - 8:15 am  Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 SESSION III (seven options)
  A. Papers: Agriculture—Organics and Sustainability
Sustainability (Vonk)
Sustainability (Mariola and McConnell)
Organic Choices (Brock)
  B. Papers: Citizenship, Otherness, and Hate Crimes
Citizenship (Cohen)
South African Views of Amish and Hutterite "Otherness" (Webb)
Amish Hate Crimes (Biehl)
  C. Papers: Cell Phones, Facebook, and Mass Media
Cell Phones: Amish and Orthodox Jews (Green)
Use of Social Media by Amish Youth (Jantzi and Stevick)
Mass Media and Women (Neriya Ben-Shahar)
  D. Seminar
  E. Seminar
  F. Panel: Health Care Outreach to Lancaster's Plain Communities
Discussants: providers from Lancaster General Health, Ephrata Community Hospital, and Hospice of Lancaster County
  G. Panel: International Perspectives on the Amish
Borella (Italy), Nikooravin (Iran), Xun (China), Suzuki (Japan), and Verbruggen (Belgium) describe how people in their countries view Amish people and their practices
10:00 Break [Poster interpretations]
10:30 PLENARY SESSION
"A Tale of Two Kitchens: Gender and Technology in Amish Communities" Karen Johnson-Weiner
"Gender and The Amish" (film) Callie Wiser
Noon Lunch

Lunch Option:
After a three-week trial in federal court in Ohio in 2012, a jury convicted 16 defendants of hate crimes for beard-cutting attacks against nine Amish victims. Three participants in the trial will provide a brief overview of the issues and proceedings: Tom Getz, Assistant US Prosecuting Attorney; Donald Kraybill, expert witness; and David Weaver-Zercher, consultant to the prosecution.
1:30 - 3:00 pm SESSION IV (seven options)
  A. Papers: Agriculture
Wisconsin Dairy Farming (Cross)
Pennsylvania Agricultural Management (McLean, Veith, et al.)
Farming and Water Quality (Joannon, Moore, and Baudry)
Amish Agricultural Relevance for South Africa (Banya and Thomas)
  B. Papers: Burn Treatments and Health Issues
Burn and Emergency Care (Humes)
Burn and Wound Salve (Main, Jones, and Williams)
Health Issues in Family Life (Oyabu and Oyabu)
  C. Papers: Internet Use by Various Groups
Old German Baptist Brethren (Mast)
Beachy Amish Youth (Anderson)
Amish Youth (Stevick and Jantzi)
  D. Seminar
  E. Seminar
  F. Panel: Meet the Authors of The Amish
Donald Kraybill, Karen Johnson-Weiner, and Steven Nolt discuss their new book
  G. Panel: Health Care Outreach—Ohio and Pennsylvania
Two teams of health care providers discuss research and experiences working with Amish patients
3:00 Break [Poster interpretations]
3:30 - 5:00 SESSION V (seven options)
  A. Papers: Changing Applications of Technology
Changing Technology in Holmes County (McConnell)
Technology and the Andy Weaver Affiliation (Petrovich)
Evolving Views of Photos (Reiling)
  B. Papers: Health and Safety Outreach
Safety Education (Jepsen and Mann)
Cancer Education Study (Thomas and Thomas)
Maternal Health Literacy and the Diet of Old Order Mennonite Babies (Garrett-Wright, Main, and Jones)
Health Care Perceptions/Practices (Ouellette)
  C. Papers: Therapeutic Interventions and Social Support
Social Support for Women's Health (Abbott)
Amish Youth Vision Project (Weber)
Responding to Domestic Violence (Weber and Cates)
  D. Seminar
  E. Seminar
  F. Panel: The Process and Significance of the Federal Beard-Cutting Trial in Ohio
Discussion of the Bergholz “Amish” trial by a prosecuting attorney and an academic consultant
  G. Panel: Health Care Outreach to the Amish of Geauga County, Ohio
Presentations on culturally sensitive and affordable health care services in Ohio
5:15 - 6:00 Dinner   [6:30 - 7:00 Poster interpretations]
7:00 PLENARY SESSION
"Thrill of the Chaste: The Secret Life of an Amish Romance Novel" Valerie Weaver-Zercher
Author book signings
8:15 - 8:45
     and
9:00 - 9:30
AMISH SINGING
A group of Amish people will sing selections of songs in both German and English that are typical in the Lancaster community. This event affords a rare opportunity to hear authentic Amish singing.
 9:00 Reception (sponsored by Good Books)
Saturday, June 8
 7:00 - 7:45 am  Breakfast 
 8:00 - 9:15  SESSION VI (seven options)
  A. Papers: Research Methods and Resources
Amish Studies Citations (Anderson)
Resources for Research (Connor)
Measuring Technology (1935-1936) (Reschly)
  B. Papers: Consumer Culture
Consumer and Community Culture (Nomura)
Consumption Patterns in Amish Households (Stavisky)
Amish Websites (Wesner)
  C. Papers: Regional Community Changes
Emergent Amish Mennonite Identity in Lancaster County (Lapp)
Changes In Iowa, 1975-2010 (Cooksey and Donnermeyer)
Technological Change in Northern Indiana (Ems)
  D. Seminar
  E. Seminar
  F. Panel: Understanding Technology in the Lancaster Amish Community
Discussants include Donald Kraybill, Brad Igou, and members of the Amish community
  G. Panel: Health Care Outreach in Kentucky and Ontario
Two teams of health care providers describe programs to provide culturally sensitive health and social service
 9:15  Break 
 9:40 - 11:00  SESSION VII (six options)
  A. Papers: Representations in Film and Tourism
Media Amishploitation (George)
Amish Representations in the Media (Zook and Zook)
Old Believers in Estonia and Amish in America (Aidarov)
  B. Papers: Gender Issues
Amish Masculinity (Strikwerda)
Women’s Rejection of Technology in the 1930s (Jellison)
Women Entrepreneurs (Graybill)
   C. Seminar
   D. Seminar
  E. Panel: Making Sense of Amish Romance Fiction
Discussants include Amish author Linda Byler, publisher Kate Good, and writer and literary critic Valerie Weaver-Zercher
  F. Panel: Understanding Technology among Horse-and-Buggy Mennonites
Discussants include Donald Kraybill, Judson Reid, and members of the Wenger Mennonite community
 11:15  PLENARY SESSION 
  "Amish Participation in Medical Research: A Partnership of Trust and Mutual Benefit"  Alan Shuldiner
 12:15  Conference closes 
Posters*
Older Adults Farrar
Women's Occupational Changes Handrick
Old Order Mennonite Education Hannah
Cancer Screening Main
Transcultural Nursing McGill
Analysis of Amish Periodicals Verbruggen
Analysis of Amish Burn Treatments Rieman
Genetic Disorders McCaffrey
*Poster displays will be available throughout the conference. Poster presenters will be available to interpret their research at the times indicated on the schedule.
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