Tuesday, September 23, 2014 • 7:30 pm
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 examines 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.
.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.
Thursday, October 2, 2014 • 7:30 pm
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.
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, October 21, 2014 • 7:30 pm
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 Barbers, will 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, November 13, 2014 • 7:30 pm
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).