A Sampling of Scholarship

In addition to classroom teaching, faculty and other academic personnel at Grebel accomplish a wide range of scholarship and service in the academy, church, and community. Here is a sampling of recent activities and achievements.

JENNIFER BALL published “Planning and Peace” in the recently released book, Peace is Everyone’s Business, edited by Lowell Ewert and Fred Bird (Charlotte, NC: IAP, 2021). 

ALICIA BATTEN co-edited, with Kelly Olson, Dress in Mediterranean Antiquity (London: T & T Clark/Bloomsbury, 2021). In addition to editing, she co-wrote the introduction and contributed two chapters to the volume.

JEREMY BERGEN published an opinion piece, “The Theological Reason Why the Catholic Church is Reticent to Apologize for Residential Schools,” in The Globe and Mail, 8 June 2021 (online), 11 June 2021 (print).

MARLENE EPP participated in a review symposium of The Lives of Amish Women, by Karen M. Johnson-Weiner, published in the Journal of Plain Anabaptist Communities (Summer 2021).

LAURA GRAY is Vice-President of the Canadian University Music Society.

PAUL HEIDEBRECHT presented a paper entitled “Growing, but also Gifting and Failing: MCC as an Incubator for New Approaches to Relief, Development, and Peace” at the “MCC at 100” virtual conference organized by the University of Winnipeg on October 1, 2021.

JANE KUEPFER convened the 9th International Conference on Ageing & Spirituality, online, this past June, at which she presented Spiritual Care in Ontario Long-term Care: Current realities and hopes for the future.

ERIC LEPP presented papers virtually on the role of ‘side-by-side’ relationships in conflict-affected societies at the 2021 annual conferences of the International Studies Association and the Canadian Peace Research Association.

DAVID Y. NEUFELD’s article “Narrating Anabaptist Conversion in Early Modern Switzerland” appears in the October 2021 issues of the Mennonite Quarterly Review.

REINA NEUFELDT’S article “Settler colonial conscripts: Mennonite reserves and the enfolding of implicated subjects” was published in Postcolonial Studies, as well as the chapter “Relational ethics: the possibility of a caring positive peace,” in The Palgrave Handbook of Positive Peace.

CAROL PENNER had “#MennonitesToo: Sexual Violence and Mennonite Peace Theology,” published in The Conrad Grebel Review, 38, no 3 (Fall 2020); pages 193-208.

KATE KENNEDY STEINER co-presented a paper with Debra Lacoste to the Canadian Society of Medievalists on June 14 titled “The Pedagogical Value of Studying Chant Fragments.”

DEREK SUDERMAN will present two papers at this year’s Society of Biblical Literature meeting: “ ‘Hear Me, O God’: Social Rhetoric in Individual Lament Psalms” and “ ‘May the Day Perish!’ Exploring Lament and Social Address at the Beginning of Job.” 

KAREN SUNABACKA had her piece And Then I Crow for cello and electronics performed at an online Grebel Noon Hour Concert on October 6, gave the Eby Lecture on October 21, and recorded her debut CD of her piano music in mid-November with pianist Darryl Friesen (release date TBD). 

MARK VUORINEN premiered Stephanie Martin’s (WLU 1982) Frost Sequence in August in an online concert and will premiere a newly commissioned work by Tim Corlis (BSC 1998), On Love in early November, both with The Elora Singers. He is currently recording a new CD of music for the Christmas season, also with The Elora Singers. 

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