Tuesday, September 22, 2015 • 7:30 pm
Writing About Amish Women
Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, professor of anthropology at SUNY Potsdam, 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.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 • 7:30 pm
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, November 17, 2015 • 7:30 pm
Women and Religious Violence in Nigeria
Rebecca Dali, a leader in the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), discusses her research on religious conflict and the resulting displacement of people in northeastern Nigeria, focusing on the impact on Muslim and Christian women.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 • 7:30 pm
Peacemaking and Religious Violence in Nigeria
Samuel Dali, former president of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), discusses the results of religious violence in northeastern Nigeria and efforts by the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria to respond peacefully. He will also comment on the relocation of the denominational offices and Kulp Bible College after extremists overtook both institutions.