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Elizabethtown College offers Amish conference

The Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College will hold an international conference— “Amish America: Plain TechnoElizabethtown College offers Amish conference logy in a Cyber World”—June 6-8, 2013. The conference, which will be held on the Elizabethtown College campus, will highlight the challenges and impact of new technology on manufacturing, family life, consumption, medicine and leisure for Amish and other Plain communities in North America. Additional research presentations and seminars will cover topics as diverse as health care, quilts, social media and businesses in Plain communities.

The conference will include more than 100 different presentations during 45 separate sessions. Speakers include Kevin Kelly, senior maverick and co-founder of Wired Magazine; Karen Johnson-Weiner, professor of anthropology at SUNY Potsdam; Valerie Weaver-Zercher, author of “Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels”; and Alan Shuldiner, professor of medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine. There also will be presentations by Callie T. Wiser, producer of “The Amish,” a documentary which aired on PBS in early 2012; U.S. Attorney Tom Getz, a prosecutor in the Ohio  beard-cutting case which resulted in federal indictments for hate crimes; and Linda Byler, bestselling Amish novelist.

Registration for the conference begins in early January and continues through May 20. Those registering before May 1 will receive a discounted rate. On-campus housing is available for an additional cost; spaces are limited. Participants also can register for one of two optional tours to Amish communities nearby in Lancaster County, slated for June 6. For more information and to register for the conference visit www.etown.edu/amish2013.

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