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Thursday, February 11, 2016 • 7:00 pm 
Bucher Meetinghouse

The Schwenkfelder Hymnal of 1762 and Its Unique Place in German Hymnody 

Linguist and hymnologist Hedda Durnbaugh will explain what makes the Schwenkfelder hymnal of 1762 unique in the history of German hymn books by outlining its history and analyzing the origins of its hymn texts.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 • 7:30 pm 
Bucher Meetinghouse

Assessing Vaccination Receptivity in the Old Order Amish in Cattaraugus County, N.Y. 

Christine Nelson-Tuttle, associate professor of nursing at St. John Fisher College, will discuss her research on how receptive Amish individuals are to vaccinations, where they obtain information, and who assists them in making decisions about getting vaccinated.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 • 7:30 pm 
Bucher Meetinghouse

Gender, Shame and Jacob’s Hip: One Communal Society’s Views 

Jeff Bach, Young Center director and religious studies professor at Elizabethtown College, will discuss the Ephrata Community’s unique interpretation of the biblical story of Jacob that allowed it to criticize patriarchy and male domination.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 • 7:00 pm 
Gibble Auditorium

Conscientious Objectors to the Vietnam War 

Conscientious objectors from the Historic Peace Churches will be interviewed about their experiences as religious objectors to participating in the war in Vietnam.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 • 6:00 pm
Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall


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.

A reception for Durnbaugh Lecturer Karen Johnson-Weiner will be held at 5:30, preceding the dinner.

Cost for the dinner is $23 and reservations are required by March 24. Register online or by calling 717-361-1470.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 • 7:30 pm
Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall

Getting Hitched Amish Style:  Change and Continuity in Amish Weddings

The wedding is one of the happiest of celebrations in an Amish community. Exchanging vows, two baptized church members leave behind the "young folk" and join the church community as a new household. Yet as life in Amish communities has changed, so too have wedding traditions, with celebrations in some communities growing in size and even engendering new businesses.This talk explores Amish courtship and wedding practices and what they reveal about continuity and change in the Amish world. 

Durnbaugh Lecturer Karen Johnson-Weiner is a Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Potsdam, where she teaches courses in linguistic anthropology. She holds the PhD in linguistics from McGill University and has been studying culture and language use in Amish communities for over 30 years. Her research has been supported by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and grants from NEH, the Spencer Foundation and the SUNY Potsdam Research and Creative Endeavors Program. She is the author of Train up a Child: Old Order Amish and Mennonite Schools (2007, Johns Hopkins University Press) and New York Amish. Life in the Plain Communities of the Empire State (2010, Cornell University Press), and co-author, with Donald Kraybill and Steven Nolt, of The Amish (2014,  Johns Hopkins University Press). She is currently at work on a study of Old Order Amish women (tentatively titled  “Wives, Mothers, and Entrepreneurs: The Lives of Amish Women”).

Friday, April 8, 2016 • 10:00 am to noon
Bucher Meetinghouse

Hinglefleish Frolics

Since their initial schism from the main body of the Old Order Amish in 1917, Swartzentruber settlements have been established in thirteen states and the province of Ontario. With large families, often with as many as 10 to 15 children, and church disciplines that limit options for wage labor and emphasize farming, the Swartzentrubers are among the fastest growing Amish groups in North America.  They are also among the most conservative, preserving traditions that are disappearing from the lives of their more progressive brethren. Karen Johnson-Weiner presents an in-depth look at Swartzentruber Amish courtship and wedding practices to explore how they reinforce community ties and help to preserve the Swartzentruber way of life. 

An optional lunch follows the seminar. Cost for the lunch is $10, and reservations are required by March 24. Register online or by calling 717-361-1470.

Thursday, April 21, 2016 • 7:30 pm 
Bucher Meetinghouse

Amish and Brethren Topics 

Annemarie Hartzell, a senior at Elizabethtown College, will present "Men of War, Men of Peace: Brethren Ideologies and the Civil War." In her talk, Hartzell will examine a small sampling of Brethren men in the Pennsylvania area and their beliefs and actions pertaining to the time surrounding the Civil War.

Quinton Meil, a senior at Temple University, will present "Amish and the Law: Responses to Amish Crime and their Implications," an examination of the criminal justice system and its relation to the Amish community.

Thursday, June 9, through Saturday, June 11, 2016  

Continuity and Change: 50 Years of Amish Society

This international conference will focus on changes and consistency within Amish communities during the years 1963 to 2013. Steve Nolt, professor of history at Goshen College, will give the keynote address. Mark Louden, Karen Johnson-Weiner, Holmes Morton, and Donald Kraybill will deliver plenary addresses. Conference registration begins in early 2016. 

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