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Thursday, October 20, 2016 • 7:30 pm 
Bucher Meetinghouse

Mennonite Elites in the Frisian Southwest, 1580–1850

Almost from the very start of the Mennonite movement, some members of the Mennonite community in the southwestern part of Friesland were part of the economic elite. This lecture will show how, little by little, this economic elite became part of the societal elite and that, at the end of this process in the early nineteenth century, the Mennonite and Dutch Reformed elite had almost merged.

Cor Trompetter studied philosophy and history at Groningen University and received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, where his supervisor was Gail Bossenga. Trompetter’s dissertation was published in 1997 as Agriculture, Proto-Industry and Mennonite Entrepreneurship. He has written a number of books on social and economic history, and his latest book, An Introduction to the History of Mennonites in Friesland until 1850, will be published this fall. Currently, Trompetter is Wethouder and deputy mayor of the county of Weststellingwerf in Friesland.

Thursday, November 3, 2016 • 7:30 pm
Bucher Meetinghouse

The Entrepreneurship among the Conservative Laestadian Movement

Conservative Laestadianism is a Lutheran revival movement group that emerged in the nineteenth century inspired by German pietism. Located mainly in Finland, it is the largest revival movement in Scandinavia and has some 100,000–120,000 adherents worldwide. The group claims to be the only true Christians, the Kingdom of God on earth. It belongs to the Finnish Evangelical-Lutheran Church and has a strong social, political, and economic position in Finnish society. 

Conservative Laestadians form a strongly normative community, maintaining strict guidelines for religious issues and for daily life. Entrepreneurial activities are fairly common in the movement, and the entrepreneurial networks among the members of the community are dense. In her talk, Aini Linjakumpu will focus on the group's entrepreneurship and discuss the framework the religious communality forms for economic activities and networks

Snowden Fellow Aini Linjakumpu is a lecturer in politics at the University of Lapland and an adjunct professor at the University of Tampere, Finland.  

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