Thursday, February 20, 2014 • 7:30 pm
Amish Women's Literacies
Vi Dutcher will discuss the literacy practices of women members of a particular northeastern Ohio Amish community. Whether she is writing as a scribe for a newspaper column, making cards to send to shut-ins, handing down time-honored recipes to younger women, contributing to a circle letter, writing poetry for friends and family, or writing a letter to The Blackboard Bulletin editor in order to impart wisdom to a young Amish woman teaching school, a northeastern Ohio Amish woman practices literacy that is both public and private and always sacred. These women use literacy tools that they have both inherited and selected, shaping them to meet their needs while, in turn, meeting church-appointed communal needs.
Dutcher is professor of rhetoric and composition and director of the writing program at Eastern Mennonite University.
Thursday, February 27, 2014 • 7:30 pm
Narrating the Harrowing Journey of Four Hutterites During the Great War
Duane Stoltzfus will present highlights of the story of four Hutterite men who were chained in the dungeon at Alcatraz when they refused to perform military service during World War I. The experiences of David, Joseph, and Michael Hofer, and of a brother-in-law, Jacob Wipf, came to be regarded as exhibit A among accounts of prisoner abuse during the war. Two of the Hofer brothers died at Fort Leavenworth in 1918. Stoltzfus will also describe the research process that led to his recent book, Pacifists in Chains, including visits with descendants of the four men and a tour of the basement cells at Alcatraz.
Stoltzfus is a professor of communication at Goshen College and copy editor for The Mennonite Quarterly Review . He formerly worked as a staff editor at The New York Times..
Thursday, March 20, 2014 • 7:30 pm
Why Have the Amish Survived? A Synthesis
The persistence of the Amish has attracted scholars’ attention for over 70 years. Those working in the social sciences and humanities have published hundreds of studies that contribute in some small way to answering the question: Why have the Amish survived? Cory Anderson has synthesized all known academic Amish-focused publications since 1942 and will present a theory that integrates the diverse foci of this research question.
Anderson is completing a PhD in rural sociology at Ohio State University. His research focuses broadly on the plain Anabaptists with a particular focus on Amish-Mennonites. He is a founding co-editor of the new periodical Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 • 7:30 pm
9/11 and the Heroes of Flight 93
Mal Fuller was an air traffic control watch supervisor at Pittsburgh International Airport and participated in the shutdown of the nation's airspace after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. In his talk, Fuller discusses the events of 9/11, the heroes of Flight 93, and the crash outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Fuller, now retired, is a member of the board of directors of Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial.
This event is sponsored by the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking, the Writers House, and the Young Center.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 • 6:00 pm
Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall
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 $20, and reservations are required by March 20.
A reception for Durnbaugh Lecturer Janneken Smucker will be held at 5:30, preceding the dinner.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 • 7:30 pm
Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall
Abstract Art or Country Craft? The Quilts of the Amish
In 1997, art critic Robert Hughes called Amish quilts “America’s first abstract art.” At the same time, these country crafts help attract tourists to “Amish country” eager to take home a souvenir of their visit. Janneken Smucker will explore these and other paradoxes of this material manifestation of Amish culture.
Smucker is an assistant professor of history at West Chester University and the author of numerous works on Amish quilts, including Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon (Johns Hopkins, 2013). She serves on the board of the national non-profit Quilt Alliance.
Friday, April 4, 2014 • 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Cloth, Commerce, and Collecting
In this hands-on, participatory session led by Janneken Smucker, attendees will hone their skills in identifying characteristics of Amish quilts, consider the relationship of these objects to consumer culture, and analyze material culture, including quilt-related objects made for the consumer market. Cost for the seminar, which includes lunch, is $10, and reservations are required by March 20.
Smucker is an assistant professor of history at West Chester University and the author of numerous works on Amish quilts, including Amish Quilts: Crafting an American Icon (Johns Hopkins, 2013). She serves on the board of the national non-profit Quilt Alliance .