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

SNOWDEN LECTURE
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.  


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

LECTURE
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.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016 • 7:30 pm 
Bucher Meetinghouse

LECTURE
China Friends: New Discoveries for the Church of the Brethren
 

Jeff Bach, director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies and associate professor of religious studies, and David Kenley, director of the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking and professor of history, will present an illustrated discussion of their March 2016 research trip to Shanxi Province in China to trace the activities of Brethren missionaries. The two will recount their visits to cities where the Brethren had mission stations (Pingding, Shouyang, Zouquan, and Taiyuan) and describe outings to rural villages where Brethren missionaries preached. The speakers will also share impressions of Shanxi today as people there face economic challenges while dealing with urban growth. (The Young Center and the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking are cosponsoring this event.)


Thursday, September 8, 2016 • 7:00 pm
Bucher Meetinghouse

PANEL DISCUSSION
Remembering 9/11: Flight 93 
 

Panelists will reflect on the significance of 9/11, the crash of Flight 93 near Shanksville, Pa., and the current political climate.

Panelists include Mal Fuller, air traffic controller at Pittsburgh Airport that day; Tim Lambert, director of multimedia news at WITF and owner of the land on which Flight 93 crashed; and Oya Ozkanca, associate professor of political science at Elizabethtown College. Jeff Bach, director of the Young Center, and David Kenley, director of the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking, will moderate the event. (The Young Center and the  Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking are cosponsoring this event.)


June 9–11, 2016

CONFERENCE 
Continuity and Change: 50 Years of Amish Society  

The international conference focused on changes and consistency within Amish communities during the years 1963 to 2013, the fifty-year time period is framed by the publication of Amish Society by John Hostetler (1963) and The Amish by Donald Kraybill, Karen Johnson-Weiner, and Steven Nolt (2013). The conference highlighted the many significant changes among the Amish during these five decades, such as population growth, cultural diversity, landmark legal decisions, the explosion of Amish-themed literature and media, health care issues, and the increasing involvement of Amish people in business.

Conference web page


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

HONORS STUDENTS LECTURES
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 Criminal Law: The English Response to Amish Crime and its Implications on Due Process," an examination of the criminal justice system and its relation to the Amish community.


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

DURNBAUGH SEMINAR
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 luncheon (cost: $10) follows the seminar. Reservations for the lunch are required by March 24. Reservations are not required for the seminar.


Thursday, April 7, 2016 • 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.

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

DURNBAUGH LECTURE
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”).


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

PANEL
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.


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

LECTURE
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.


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

LECTURE
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.


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

LECTURE
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, November 17, 2015 • 7:00 pm 
Bucher Meetinghouse

LECTURE
Anabaptists Around the World
 

Conrad L. Kanagy, professor of sociology at Elizabethtown College, presents the major findings from the Global Anabaptist Profile (GAP), a study of 22 Mennonite groups from 18 countries. This presentation is the first public report of the results of the GAP, which is sponsored by Mennonite World Conference and the Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism (Goshen College, Ind.). John Roth (Goshen College) and Conrad Kanagy are codirectors of the study.


Thursday, October 22, 2015 • 7:30 pm 
Bucher Meetinghouse

LECTURE
Collecting Data While You Pass the Jell-O Salad: Researching Amish Fiction at Potlucks and Reunions
 

Valerie Weaver-Zercher, managing editor of trade books for Herald Press, discusses the approach of narrative scholarship as it relates to her research for Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels, which received the 2015 Dale Brown Book Award. Her features and essays have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Christian Century, among others.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015 • 7:30 pm
Bucher Meetinghouse

SNOWDEN LECTURE
Writing About Amish Women
 

Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, professor of anthropology at SUNY Potsdam and the 2015 Snowden Fellow, explores the challenges of writing about Amish women's lives and the role of women in Amish communities. Johnson-Weiner is author of New York Amish: Life in the Plain Communities of the Empire State and Train Up a Child: Old Order Amish and Mennonite Schools and coauthor (with Donald B. Kraybill and Steven M. Nolt) of The Amish.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015 • 7:30 pm
Bucher Meetinghouse

LECTURE
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).


Saturday, April 18, 2015 • 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Seminary Ridge Museum
at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

Brethren and Mennonites and the Battle of Gettysburg

The daylong event includes a tour of Seminary Ridge Museum, a visit to Marsh Creek Brethren meetinghouse, and lectures by Stephen Longenecker, professor of history at Bridgewater College and author of Gettysburg Religion, and Roger Heller, retired history teacher and volunteer with Adams County Historical Society.

9:30 a.m. Refreshments
10:00 a.m.       Tours of Seminary Ridge Museum and visits to the cupola
11:30 a.m. Lunch (vegetarian option available)
12:30 p.m.    Lecture: "Gettysburg Religion: Pursuing Faith in a Small Town on the Eve of the Civil War"
Stephen Longenecker
1:15 p.m. Travel to Marsh Creek meetinghouse
1:30 p.m. Lecture: "Conscientious Objection in Civil War Adams County" 
Roger Heller
2:15 p.m. Closing comments by Stephen Longenecker

Cost is $30, which includes museum admission, refreshments, lunch, and presentations. Reservations are required by April 8.


Friday, April 10, 2015 • 8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Susquehanna Room, Myer Hall

DURNBAUGH SEMINAR
How a Maverick Amish Group Impacted Federal Hate Crimes

The seminar will explore the motivation behind the Amish beard cutting attacks in Ohio in 2011 and the subsequent federal prosecution and trial of sixteen “Amish” defendants. Presenters will trace the legal proceedings and the reversal of the hate crime convictions. They will explain how this case will influence interpretation of federal hate crimes motivated by religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and country of origin. An informal format will allow ample opportunity for discussion.

8:30 a.m. Gathering and Introduction
8:45 a.m.       "The Bergholz Story: The Community, the Attacks, and the Trial"
--Donald Kraybill 
9:30 a.m. Inside the Bergholz Community: A Conversation with Johnny Mast
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. The Investigation: A Conversation with Detective Joe Mullet
11:45 a.m. Lunch 
12:45 p.m.    Keynote Address: "Amish on the Cutting Edge: Hate Crimes, Interstate Commerce,
and the Unlikely Case of U.S. v. Mullet"
--Kyle Kopko
1:30 p.m. Discussion with Kyle Kopko
2:00 p.m. Wrap-up panel with program participants and Attorney Larry Etzweiler
2:30 p.m. Dismissal

Program Participants

Larry Etzweiler is a retired attorney whose career in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office was significantly devoted to prosecuting criminal cases and law enforcement. He received his law degree from Rutgers-Camden School of Law in 1975 and was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1976.

Kyle Kopko is an assistant professor of political science and director of the pre-law program at Elizabethtown College. Kopko’s research on judicial behavior and constitutional law has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including Election Law Journal, Judicature, and Justice System Journal. He received a Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University.

Donald Kraybill is senior fellow at the Young Center of Elizabethtown College. He assisted the prosecutors and served as an expert witness at the federal trial for the Bergholz defendants. Kraybill is the author of numerous books on Amish society including, most recently, Renegade Amish: Hate Crimes, Beard Cutting, and the Trial of the Bergholz Barbers (Johns Hopkins, 2014).

Johnny Mast is a former member of the Bergholz community who was an eyewitness to many of the events preceding and during the beard-cutting attacks. He also served as a witness for the prosecution at the federal trial in Cleveland.

Joe Mullet is a detective in the Holmes County Sheriff’s Department. He grew up in the Amish community of Holmes County, Ohio, and is fluent in Pennsylvania Dutch. Detective Mullet participated in the investigation and prosecution of the Bergholz defendants. He was the first officer to respond on the scene after the late-night beard cutting attack in Holmes County.

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Cost for the seminar is $10, which includes lunch. Reservations are required by March 26. Parking will be available on Cedar Street and in the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren parking lot. To locate Myer Hall on the college campus, see the campus map.


Thursday, April 9, 2015 • 5:30 pm
Leffler Chapel and Performance Center

ANNUAL YOUNG CENTER BANQUET
* Please note the change of venue and format for this event *
 
The annual Young Center gathering 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. This year, the gathering will celebrate the retirement of Young Center senior fellow Donald B. Kraybill. The format will be a reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres.

The registration deadline for the banquet has passed. Interested persons are invited to attend the Durnbaugh Lecture (see below), which does not require reservations. 


Thursday, April 9, 2015 • 7:00 pm
Leffler Chapel and Performance Center

DURNBAUGH LECTURE
The Young Center: From Swamp to International Center of Scholarship
* Please note the change of venue and start time for this event *

Donald Fitzkee will emcee the program, which celebrates the retirement of Donald Kraybill. The program will begin with an update on Young Center activities by director Jeff Bach followed by relfections by several of Kraybill’s former students and colleagues. Kraybill will then reflect on his teaching and work at Elizabethtown College and trace the Young Center’s birth, growth, and contributions to the world of Anabaptist and Pietist studies.

Donald B. Kraybill, Distinguished College Professor and senior fellow at the Young Center, is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous journal articles and books, including  The Amish and Renegade  Amish: Beard Cutting, Hate Crimes, and the Trial of the Bergholz Barbers , both published by Johns Hopkins University Press.


Thursday, March 12, 2015 • 7:30 pm 
Bucher Meetinghouse

LECTURE
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, January 29, 2015 • 7:00 pm 
Bucher Meetinghouse

LECTURE
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. Following Nation’s lecture, Brian Newsome, professor of history at Elizabethtown College, will give a response. Newsome’s specialties are modern history in Europe and northern Africa.


Thursday, November 20, 2014 • 7:30 pm 
Bucher Meetinghouse

LECTURE AND DISCUSSION
Religion and Terror in Northeastern Nigeria: Boko Haram, Christians, and Modern Muslims
 

Musa Mambula, Young Center Fellow in Spring 2007 and minister and educator in Nigeria, will discuss Boko Haram’s recent attacks and takeover of the headquarters of the Church of the Brethren (EYN) and Kulp Bible College in Nigeria. Brian Newsome, professor of history at Elizabethtown College, will respond. The event is cosponsored by the Young Center and the Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking.


Thursday, November 13, 2014 • 7:30 pm 
Bucher Meetinghouse

SNOWDEN LECTURE
Heroes and Heretics: Pietists and Anabaptists in the Evangelical Imagination
 

American evangelicals have both revered and condemned the Pietist and Anabaptist traditions. The view they have taken has often depended on the historical context and the tensions within the evangelical subculture at the time. Jared Burkholder will examine several episodes in historical memory and what they say about all three groups and their places on the landscape of American society.

Burkholder is professor of history at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana, where he also directs the Office of Faith, Learning, and Scholarship. Burkholder's research interests are in American religious history with an emphasis on Pietism, Anabaptism, and evangelicalism. He is coeditor of  The Activist Impulse: Essays on the intersection of Anabaptism and Evangelicalism (Wipf & Stock, 2012) and A Cord of Many Strands: Seventy-Five years of Christian Higher Education at Grace College and Theological Seminary (BMH, forthcoming).


Tuesday, October 21, 2014 • 7:30 pm 
Gibble Auditorium, Esbenshade Hall

(For the location of Esbenshade Hall, see #15 on the campus map.)

LECTURE
The Amish and Federal Hate Crimes
 

Donald B. Kraybill and an Amish guest will discuss the Ohio beard-cutting attacks and their impact on national hate crime laws. Following the talk and a question-and-answer period, copies of Kraybill's newly released book, Renegade Amish: Beard Cutting, Hate Crimes, and the Trial of the Bergholz Barberswill be available for sale and signing.

Kraybill, Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow at the Young Center, is the author or editor of numerous journal articles and books, including  The Amish  (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).


Thursday, October 2, 2014 • 7:30 pm 
Bucher Meetinghouse

LECTURE
Looking Backward on a Career: How Growing Up Mennonite Prepared Me for Leadership
 

Shirley Hershey Showalter was the first woman college president of Goshen College, first Mennonite college president to be given a leadership award by the Knight Foundation, and first person in her family to go to college. Like most Mennonites, she has received strong messages about the dangers of pride and humility. Few, if any, Mennonite women of her generation were taught to “lean in.” In this talk, Showalter will reflect on how she dealt with conflicting aspirations in the writing of her award-winning memoir,  Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing following the talk.

Showalter grew up on a Mennonite family farm near Lititz, Pennsylvania. She was named the first woman president of Goshen College in Indiana, a position she held from 1996 to 2004. After six years as an executive at the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan, she became a full-time writer. Her memoir was named a Best Spiritual Book of 2013 by Spirituality & Practice.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 • 7:30 pm 
Bucher Meetinghouse

BROWN BOOK AWARD LECTURE
German Pietists as Translators in An Introduction to German Pietism
 

Pietism was a late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Protestant movement that encouraged spiritual transformation and new birth. Convinced that Germans suffered from a lack of models of true Christian piety, Pietists such as Gottfried Arnold and Gerhard Tersteegen turned to the Catholic mystics from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, translating their writings from Latin and French into German. Doug Shantz will examine their strategies as translators, and their effort to use the past to inspire new spiritual vitality and engagement in the present. Copies of Shantz's book will be available for sale and signing after the talk.

Shantz is professor of Christian thought at the University of Calgary, where his courses include “Medieval and Reformation Christianity,” “Radical Protestantism in Early Modern Germany,” “Spiritual Autobiography in the Modern Age,” and “Christianity in the Developing World.” The author or editor of several books including A Companion to German Pietism (Brill, forthcoming), Shantz focuses his writing and research on Protestant reform movements in early modern Germany, especially German Pietism. His recent book,  An Introduction to German Pietism: Protestant Renewal at the Dawn of Modern Europe  (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), was awarded the Brown Book Award for 2014. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing following the talk.

.The Dale Brown Book Award is given annually to the book chosen by a panel of independent judges for making outstanding contributions to the field of Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. It is named in honor of Church of the Brethren theologian and long-time peace worker Dale W. Brown.


Friday, June 6, 2014 • 7:00 pm 
Hoover 110

LECTURE
Spiritual Manifestations: The Union of Shaker Art and Vision
 

Eleanor Potter and other Shaker women created drawings and messages in the 1800s during a time when Shaker communities experienced many visionary spiritual events. Jane Crosthwaite will discuss the importance of these drawings and messages and share illustrations from Eleanor Potter’s work.

Crosthwaite is professor of religion at Mount Holyoke College. She has taught courses on women in religion, American religious history, and ethics as well as advanced seminars on the Shakers. She is the author of The Shaker Spiritual Notices of Eleanor Potter (Richard W. Couper Press, 2013).


June 5–7, 2014

CONFERENCE 
Privileged Speech: Prophecy, Pietism, and Beyond  

Speaking from divine inspiration has been a claim among numerous minority groups in Christianity throughout the early modern period and beyond, especially in the Anabaptist movement, the Pietist movement, and the evangelical awakening. This study conference offers a forum for examining the claims and content of inspiration, the status of the speakers, and the reception of prophetic speech.

Conference web page  


Friday, April 4, 2014 • 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
The KAV, Brossman Commons

DURNBAUGH SEMINAR
Cloth, Commerce, and Collecting
 

In this hands-on session led by Janneken Smucker, participants 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. Attendees are invited to bring a quilt for comment by Smucker.

The March 20 registration deadline for the seminar has passed, but interested persons are invited to attend Smucker's Thursday evening lecture, which is open to the public and does not require reservations. 

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 University Press, 2013). She serves on the board of the national nonprofit Quilt Alliance.


Thursday, April 3, 2014 • 7:30 pm
Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren

DURNBAUGH LECTURE
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 can be found in “Amish country,” where they help attract tourists 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 University Press, 2013). She serves on the board of the national nonprofit Quilt Alliance.  


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.

A reception for Durnbaugh Lecturer Janneken Smucker will be held at 5:30, preceding the dinner.

The March 20 registration deadline for the banquet has passed. Interested persons are invited to attend Janneken Smucker's 7:30 lecture (see below), which is open to the public and does not require reservations.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014 • 7:30 pm 
Gibble Auditorium, Esbenshade Hall

LECTURE 
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 Bowers Writers House, and the Young Center.

The Flight 93 Story

The Flight 93 Timeline

Biographies of Passengers and Crew of Flight 93


Thursday, March 20, 2014 • 7:30 pm 
Bucher Meetinghouse

KREIDER LECTURE
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.


Thursday, February 27, 2014 • 7:30 pm 
Bucher Meetinghouse

LECTURE
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.Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing after the talk.

Stoltzfus is 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.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014 • 7:00 pm 
Bucher Meetinghouse

LECTURE
Desert Safaris for Palestinian-Israeli Reconciliation
 

As a Palestinian Christian, Salim Munayer learned about reconciliation from his father. Twenty years ago he took his first group of Israeli and Palestinian Christians on a camelback safari in the desert. His ministry of peacemaking and reconciliation flows out of a lifetime of learning. In this talk, Munayer will discuss his life experiences and his ministry.

Munayer is the founder and director of Musalaha Ministry of Reconciliation in Jerusalem, a nonprofit organization promoting reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians, and a professor of theology at Bethlehem Bible College.


Thursday, February 20, 2014 • 7:30 pm
Bucher Meetinghouse

KREIDER LECTURE
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.


Elizabethtown College