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

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.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 • 7:00 pm 
Bucher Meetinghouse

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).

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

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, April 9, 2015 • 6:00 pm (reception at 5:30)
KAV, Brossman Commons

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 Donald B. Kraybill will begin at 5:30.

Cost for the banquet is $15, and reservations are required by March 26. Register online or by calling the Young Center at 717-361-1470.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 • 7:30 pm
KAV, Brossman Commons

The Young Center: From Swamp to International Center of Scholarship

Donald Fitzkee, a former student of Don Kraybill, will emcee the program, which will begin with an update on Young Center activities by director Jeff Bach followed by roast-and-toast comments by several of Kraybill’s 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.

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

How a Maverick Amish Group Impacted Federal Hate Crimes

Don Kraybill will open the seminar with a brief overview of the Amish beard-cutting attacks and the subsequent trial, convictions, and sentencing. Kyle Kopko, assistant professor of political science at Elizabethtown College, will give the keynote address: “Amish on the Cutting Edge: Hate Crimes, Interstate Commerce, and the Unlikely Case of U.S. v. Mullet.” Detective Joe Mullet, Holmes County, Ohio, will also participate as will others associated with the case. The informal format will allow ample opportunity for discussion during the seminar.

Cost for the seminar is $10, which includes lunch. Reservations are required by March 26. Register  online  or by calling the Young Center at 717-361-1470.

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. Register online or by calling the Young Center at 717-361-1470.

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