Conference Schedule

Continuity & Change: 50 Years of Amish Society

Thursday, June 9, 2016
8:00 am - 3:00 pm Optional tours (by reservation)
11:00 am Registration begins
1:00 pm Conference opens / Welcome Jeff Bach
1:30 - 3:00 SESSION I
  A. Papers: Amish Homes and Amish Women
"Doesn't it Taste Better Down on the Farm?": Home-Based Amish Food Tourism (Beth Graybill)
Dinosaurs in Eden: Plain People and Fundamentalism (Susan and William Trollinger)
Fifty Years of Big Valley, Pennsylvania, Quilts and Haps (Elaine Mercer)
  B. Papers: New Numbers, New Places
The Growth of Amish and Plain Anabaptists in Missouri (Joseph Donnermeyer)
Amish Demographics 2016 (Edsel Burdge)
Amish in Ireland? A New Protestant Group (Tony Walsh)
  C. Seminar
3:00 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 5:00 SESSION II
  A. Papers: The High Tech World and the Amish
From Fence to Switch: Amish Communication in a High-Tech World (Lindsay Ems)
Amish Women, Jewish Ultra-Orthodox Women, and the Internet (Rivka Neria Ben-Shahar)
Amish Internet Ordnung: Old Order Diversity and New Order Uniformity (Gerald Mast)
  B. Panel: Starting a Health Clinic in the Holyrood Old Order Mennonite Community
Health care personnel discuss their work with a previously unserved Old Order Mennonite community in Canada to develop appropriate health care outreach. (Panelists: Christine Kennedy, Karen Stauffer, and Abram Martin)
  C. Papers: Genetics and the Amish
Genetic Care for Amish and Mennonites in Wisconsin (Jessica Scott Schwoerer and Ashley Kuhl)
Amish Responses to Genetic Disorders in Ohio (Sarah Miller-Fellows)
Bipolar Disorder and Genetic Factors: Studies in Amish, Mennonite, and Other Communities (Layla Kassem)
  D. Seminar
5:15 - 6:30 Dinner
  "Amish Society: Continuity and Dynamism in a Hyper-Modern World" Steve Nolt
8:10 - 9:30 INTERVIEW
  “Negotiating Boundaries: Reflections on John Hostetler’s Path to Scholarship through His Family Correspondence,” an interview with Ann Hostetler by Steve Nolt
8:10 - 9:30 Reception, book signings, and posters
Friday, June 10, 2016
7:00 - 8:15 am Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 SESSION III
  A. Papers: Faith, Values, and the Amish
Perceived Influence of the Amish on “English” Values (Kristin Park)
Representations of the Amish in Japan (Tomomi Naka)
Old Order Spirituality and Medieval Monastic Precedents (Andrew Martin)
  B. Papers: Defining and Maintaining Boundaries
The Amish and the American Political System from 1963 to 2013 (Frédérique Green)
The Amish and Freedom of Religion: Compromise in American Democracy (B. Neuberger)
Amish and Criminal Law (Quinton K. Meil)
  C. Panel: Reviving the Demographic Study of the Amish
Sociologists explain important factors in methodologies for tracking demographics among the Amish. (Corey Colyer, Rachel Stein, Joseph Donnermeyer, and Edsel Burdge)
  D. Seminar
10:00 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:40 PLENARY SESSION
  "Continuity and Change in the Lives of Amish Women" Karen Johnson-Weiner
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:15 - 2:45 SESSION IV
  A. Papers: The Amish and Agriculture
Bridging the Divide: Agricultural and Conservation Support for Plain Producers (Caroline Brock, Jessica Ulrich-Schad, and Linda Stalker Prokopy)
A Half Century of Expanding Amish Presence in Wisconsin (John Cross)
Religion, Science, and Diverse Farming Methods among the Amish (Nicole Welk-Joerger)
  B. Papers: Interfaces with Social and Health Care Services
Critical Issues in Public Child Welfare Systems Relating to the Amish (Jeanette Harder)
The Cost of Health Care and the Amish (Donald Hess)
Public Health and Vaccination in Two Amish Communities (Christine Nelson-Tuttle and Lynette Ouellette)
  C. Panel: Health Care and the Horse-and-Buggy Groups in Ontario
Nurses discuss engaging with the Plain communities in Ontario and improving health care access. (Panelists: Jane Leach, Debbie Bullas-Rubini, Karrie Skillings, and Karen Stauffer)
  D. Seminar
Reality TV Amish (Dirk Eitzen)
2:45 - 3:15 Break
3:15 - 4:45 SESSION V
  A. Papers: The Amish: Wellness and Illness
Amish Use of Mental Health Services, 1999-2013 (Jill Korbin, Sarah Miller-Fellows, Jim Adams, and Lawrence Greksa)
Health Care Providers and Chronically Ill Amish Children (Angela Kueny)
Physical and Mental Health Conditions in Six Plain Communities (Berwood Yost, Christina Abbott, Kirk Miller, and Scottie Thompson)
  B. Papers: The Amish as Seen through Other Eyes
The Individual is Not the Primary Reality: Amish Identity (Inga Dwenger and Claudia Lillinger)
Balancing Art with Factuality: Saloma Miller Furlong’s Memoirs (Sabrina Völz)
  C. Panel: Navigating Health Care Systems with Plain People
Health care workers discuss assisting members of Plain communities in navigating health care systems in southeastern Pennsylvania. (Panelists: Lydia Nolt, MaryAnn Robins, Cynthia Heisey, and Joanne Eshelman)
  D. Seminar
5:00 - 6:00 Dinner
  A retrospective on the career of Donald B. Kraybill (panel of commentators)
  "Continuity and Change in Pennsylvania Dutch, 1963-2013" Mark Louden
8:45 - 9:30 Reception, book signings, and posters
Saturday, June 11, 2016
7:00 -
8:15 am
8:30 - 9:30 SESSION VI
  A. Papers: Big Valley Man: Reflections on John Hostetler’s Career
An Uneasy Calling: John A. Hostetler and the Work of Cultural Mediation (David Weaver-Zercher)
John A. Hostetler and a Mennonite Interpretation of the Amish (Steven M. Nolt)
  B. Papers: Tech, Economics, and the Amish
The Amish Economy and the End of the Industrial Age (Martin Lutz)
After 20 Years: A Conservative Anabaptist Philosophy of Technology (Matt Landis)
  C. Papers: Amish Youth in School and in Print
Continuity and Change: Amish Schools and Teachers (Mark Dewalt)
Problem-Solving in “Can You Help Me?” in Young Companion (Chiho Oyabu and Kana Oyabu)
9:30 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 11:10 PLENARY SESSION
  "Plain People, Genomics, and the Art of Translational Medicine" D. Holmes Morton
11:15 am - 12:15 pm PLENARY SESSION 
  "Worms in the Amish Software: Coping with Risk in a Cyber World" Donald Kraybill
12:30 Conference closes
Common Inborn Errors of Metabolism in Wisconsin Jessica Scott Schwoerer and Ashley Kuhl 
Ensuring Quality and Safety of Canned Food Jasjeet Bola
The Pathway Publishers Journal: Family Life Mark Dewalt
Amish Caregiving of Older Adults Helen Farrar