Thursday, January 29, 2015 • 7:00 pm
Eberhard Bethge and the Myth of Bonheoffer the Assassin: Recovering a Consistent Christ-Centered Ethic in "a World Full of Nazis"
Perhaps the most commonly known fact about Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life is that he was executed for being involved in efforts to kill Hitler. But what if this “fact” is actually a myth? What if, in fact, he was executed for saving the lives of Jews and being a conscientious objector? What if the life and teachings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer from 1932 to 1945 were actually a consistent expression of the love of neighbors and enemies that is articulated in his famous book, Discipleship? In this lecture, Mark Thiessen Nation, professor of theology at Eastern Mennonite Seminary and coauthor of Bonhoeffer the Assassin?: Challenging the Myth, Recovering His Call to Peacemaking (Baker Academic Press, 2013), will argue that the latter is true, thus challenging the impressions left by Bonhoeffer’s influential biographer and friend Eberhard Bethge.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 • 7:00 pm
From Conservative Amish Mennonite to Evangelical Anabaptist: A Historical Overview of the Conservative Mennonite Conference
Nate Yoder, professor of church history at Eastern Mennonite Seminary and archivist for Eastern Mennonite University, discusses the growth and change of the Conservative Mennonite Conference, which is the topic of his recent book, Together in the Work of the Lord: A History of the Conservative Mennonite Conference (Herald Press, 2014).
Thursday, March 12, 2015 • 7:30 pm
Amish in Focus: Photos and Stories
Professional photographer Dennis Hughes of East Petersburg, Pa., has been taking pictures of the Amish and other Plain groups since 1986. His 18,000 wide-ranging images, taken in various counties in Pennsylvania and other states, illustrate his sensitivity and respect for Amish people and their way of life. Hughes’s photographs have appeared in various publications, including those of Young Center scholars. He will show some of his photos and tell behind-the-scene stories related to them.
A reception honoring Hughes for the generous contribution of his slides to the Hess Archives and Special Collections will follow the program.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 • 6:00 pm (reception at 5:30)
KAV, Brossman Commons
ANNUAL YOUNG CENTER BANQUET
The annual Young Center dinner gives faculty, staff, students, church leaders, and other friends of the Young Center the opportunity to socialize and learn about the Center’s activities and programs.
Cost for the banquet is $15, and reservations are required by March 26.
Thursday, April 9, 2015 • 7:30 pm
KAV, Brossman Commons
The Young Center: From Swamp to International Center of Scholarship
Senior Fellow Donald B. Kraybill will trace the Young Center’s birth, growth, and contributions to the world of Anabaptist and Pietist studies. He will also reflect on his 44-year journey at Elizabethtown College.
Friday, April 10, 2015 • 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Susquehanna Room, Myer Hall
How a Maverick Amish Group Impacted Federal Hate Crimes
Seminar presentations will explore the motivation behind the Amish beard-cutting attacks in Ohio in the fall of 2011 and the subsequent prosecution and trial. Presenters will show how the legal proceedings following the trial have impacted federal prosecution of all hate crimes motivated by religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and country of origin. An informal format will allow ample opportunity for discussion.
Cost for the seminar is $10, which covers the cost of lunch. Reservations are required by March 26.