Thursday, September 8, 2016 • 7:00 pm
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.)
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 • 7:30 pm
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, October 20, 2016 • 7:30 pm
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.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 • 7:30 pm
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.