Tuesday, September 19, 2017 • 7:30 pm • Hoover 212
A Glimpse of Life in the Dawdihaus
In collectivist cultures such as the Amish, aging family members often remain at home or near the main family dwelling in what is known as the Dawdihaus. The desire to move into the Dawdihaus and the assumption of greater household roles by the adult children is not a forced concept but one that is proliferated by a sense of yielding referred to as Gelassenheit. This talk, an assessment of the Dawdihaus experience from the perspective of the older family members and their adult children, is based on Claire Marie Mensack’s case study among the Amish and other Plain people of Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Mensack, last year’s Kreider Fellow, completed her Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina. She is an assistant adjunct professor at Newberry College in South Carolina.
Thursday, October 19, 2017 • 7:00 pm • Susquehanna Room of Myer Hall
Beards, Bonnets, and Football: Eastern Mennonite University & Elizabethtown College, 1900-2000
Long before the marshmallow rivalry with Messiah College, Elizabethtown had a quiet rivalry with a college in Virginia. Donald Kraybill explores some surprising connections, similarities, and differences between Eastern Mennonite University and Elizabethtown College. He also asks why the Brethren founded a college in Lancaster County but the Mennonites did not. Following the talk, Kraybill will sign his new social history of EMU, Eastern Mennonite University: A Century of Countercultural Education, released by Penn State University Press.
Kraybill is senior fellow emeritus at the Young Center. He was the founding editor of Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies and the author or coauthor of numerous books on Anabaptist groups. His most recent book, Eastern Mennonite University: A Century of Countercultural Education, is a social history of Mennonite involvement in higher education in the twentieth century.
Thursday, November 2, 2017 • 7:30 pm • M&M Mars Room
Three Views of Reform: Luther, Calvin, Swiss Anabaptists
Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Conrad Grebel followed three different paths of reform 500 years ago. Three scholars--Vincent Evener of Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Mark Draper of Evangelical Seminary, and Jeff Bach of the Young Center--reflect on the different visions of reform then, and implications for today.
Thursday, November 16, 2017 • 7:30 pm • Hoover 212
Amish and Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to New Media
"[The Internet is] Satan's tool to draw our focus away from our trust in God." Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar, the Young Center's 2017 Snowden fellow, explores how Amish and ultra-Orthodox Jewish (Haredi) women cope with new media and their apparent contradiction with these communities' values and practices. While their discourses included similar framings of danger and threat, the two groups developed different patterns of use (and nonuse) of new media. The strategies applied by these women to negotiate the tensions between their roles as gatekeepers and agents of change—nonuse, control and setting limits—are analyzed as valuable currencies in the cultural and religious markets of their communities.
Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar is a senior lecturer at Sapir Academic College in Sderot, Israel, teaching courses in research methods, communication, religion, and gender. She received her doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was a Fulbright post-doctoral fellow at Brandeis University in 2011-2012.