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-- The lecture on the Conservative Mennonite Conference
has been rescheduled to May 5. Please scroll down for details. --

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 9, 2015 • 5:30 pm
Leffler Chapel and Performance Center

* Please note the change of venue and format for this event *
The annual Young Center gathering 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. This year, the gathering will celebrate the retirement of Young Center senior fellow Donald B. Kraybill. The format will be a reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres.

Cost for the meal 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 • 7:00 pm
Leffler Chapel and Performance Center

The Young Center: From Swamp to International Center of Scholarship
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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

The seminar will explore the motivation behind the Amish beard cutting attacks in Ohio in 2011 and the subsequent federal prosecution and trial of sixteen “Amish” defendants. Presenters will trace the legal proceedings and the reversal of the hate crime convictions. They will explain how this case will influence interpretation of federal hate crimes motivated by religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and country of origin. An informal format will allow ample opportunity for discussion.

8:30 a.m. Gathering and Introduction
8:45 a.m.       "The Bergholz Story: The Community, the Attacks, and the Trial"
--Donald Kraybill 
9:30 a.m. Inside the Bergholz Community: A Conversation with Johnny Mast
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. The Investigation: A Conversation with Detective Joe Mullet
11:45 a.m. Lunch 
12:45 p.m.    Keynote Address: "Amish on the Cutting Edge: Hate Crimes, Interstate Commerce,
and the Unlikely Case of U.S. v. Mullet"
--Kyle Kopko
1:30 p.m. Discussion with Kyle Kopko
2:00 p.m. Wrap-up panel with program participants and Attorney Larry Etzweiler
2:30 p.m. Dismissal

Program Participants

Larry Etzweiler is a retired attorney whose career in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office was significantly devoted to prosecuting criminal cases and law enforcement. He received his law degree from Rutgers-Camden School of Law in 1975 and was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1976.

Kyle Kopko is an assistant professor of political science and director of the pre-law program at Elizabethtown College. Kopko’s research on judicial behavior and constitutional law has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including Election Law Journal, Judicature, and Justice System Journal. He received a Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University.

Donald Kraybill is senior fellow at the Young Center of Elizabethtown College. He assisted the prosecutors and served as an expert witness at the federal trial for the Bergholz defendants. Kraybill is the author of numerous books on Amish society including, most recently, Renegade Amish: Hate Crimes, Beard Cutting, and the Trial of the Bergholz Barbers (Johns Hopkins, 2014).

Johnny Mast is a former member of the Bergholz community who was an eyewitness to many of the events preceding and during the beard-cutting attacks. He also served as a witness for the prosecution at the federal trial in Cleveland.

Joe Mullet is a detective in the Holmes County Sheriff’s Department. He grew up in the Amish community of Holmes County, Ohio, and is fluent in Pennsylvania Dutch. Detective Mullet participated in the investigation and prosecution of the Bergholz defendants. He was the first officer to respond on the scene after the late-night beard cutting attack in Holmes County.


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. Parking will be available on Cedar Street. To locate Myer Hall on the college campus, see the  campus map .

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.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 • 7:30 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).

Elizabethtown College