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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 discusses 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, NY 

Christine Nelson-Tuttle, associate professor of nursing at St. John Fisher College, discusses 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, discusses the Ephrata Community’s unique interpretation the biblical story of Jacob that allowed it to criticize patriarchy and male domination.

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.

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

Getting Hitched Amish Style:  Change and Continuity in Amish Weddings

Karen Johnson-Weiner, professor of anthropology at SUNY Potsdam, explores different Amish courtship and wedding practices and what they reveal about continuity and change in the Amish world.  

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

Hinglefleish Frolics

Karen Johnson-Weiner, professor of anthropology at SUNY Potsdam, presents an in-depth look at Swartzentruber Amish courtship and wedding practices. 

An optional lunch follows the seminar. Cost for the lunch is $10, and reservations are required by March 24. 

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

Amish and Brethren Topics 

Annemarie Hartzell, a senior at Elizabethtown College, presents "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, presents "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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