2014 Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist/Mennonite Studies
Thursday, March 6 and Friday March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6
7:30 pm, Chapel
Steven Nolt, professor of History at Goshen College, will speak as part of the Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist Mennonite Studies.
In this presentation I reflect on the ways scholars have written the Amish into narratives of life and meaning in North America, and asking, as a historian, what this tells us about developments among the Amish and developments in North America more broadly. Second, and more personally, what does it mean for me, as a Mennonite, to be writing about the Amish and how do my religious commitments and assumptions shape how I situate them? As I consider the fine work of colleagues who research and write about the Amish, and who come from other faith traditions or no faith commitment, what do I learn about myself as a Mennonite and how I write the Amish into North American history? What are my insights and blind spots? My sources will be the burgeoning body of work in Amish studies, along with conversations with other-than-Mennonite colleagues in this field.
Steve Nolt has been on faculty at Goshen College since 1999, where he teaches in the areas of immigration and ethnic history, Mennonite and Amish life and thought, and general United States history. He also serves as book review editor for the journal Mennonite Quarterly Review. He is a graduate of Goshen, and also of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (M.A.) and the University of Notre Dame (M.A., Ph.D.). He is the author or coauthor of a dozen books, most recently, with Royden Loewen in 2012, of Seeking Places of Peace, which is the North America volume in the Global Mennonite History Series (Pandora Press); and in 2013, with Donald Kraybill and Karen Johnson-Weiner, of The Amish (Johns Hopkins University Press). Steve was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He is married to Rachel Miller Nolt, who is a pastor at Silverwood Mennonite Church in Goshen. They are the parents of two daughters, Lydia and Esther. In 2008 their household spent a semester in China and they will be returning there for the fall 2014 semester.
Writing low German Mennonites into a history of Canada
Friday, March 7
7:30 pm, Chapel
Royden Loewen, Chair of Mennonite Studies and Professor of History at the University of Winnipeg will present as part of the Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist Mennonite Studies.
In this paper I reflect on the argument within and the writing of my recent book,Village Among Nations: ‘Canadian’ Mennonites in a Transnational World (University of Toronto Press, 2013). I consider how the concept of ‘transnationalism’ can add depth and complexity to nation-centric histories of Canada and its Mennonites. The paper is based on the sermons, memoirs, letters and oral history of the 8000 emigrants from Canada in the 1920s of 8000 mostly Old Colony Mennonites and their inter-generational diaspora in Latin America. It considers in particular the ‘competing cosmologies’ intertwined in a transnational flow of letters by the reclusive Old Colony ‘horse and buggy’ Mennonites in Bolivia and their more modern kin in Canada.
Royden Loewen has been on faculty at the University of Winnipeg since 1996, where he holds the Chair in Mennonite Studies and is Professor of History, focusing on Mennonite, immigration and most recently environmental history. He is the editor of the Journal of Mennonite Studies and series editor of ‘Immigration and Culture’, University of Manitoba Press. He is a past student at Mennonite Brethren Bible College and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba. He is the author and co-author of eight books, including Village Among Nations: ‘Canadian’ Mennonites in a Transnational World (University of Toronto Press, 2013) and has recently completed a draft of an oral history, “Horse and Buggy Genius: Listening to Old Colony and Old Order Mennonites.’ He is married to Mary Ann, who teaches Academic Writing at the University of Winnipeg. They are the parents of three adult children, Rebecca, Meg and Sasha and are members at Steinbach Mennonite Church. In 2007/08 Royden was Sawatsky Visiting Fellow at Conrad Grebel College and Visiting Professor at the University of Guelph; most recently in 2013 Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge.
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Bechtel Lectures 2012
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