Olivia Shortt, saxophonist.
2020 Benjamin Eby Lecture
The #MeToo movement has placed sexual violence in the spotlight and Mennonites are asking; “What does it mean to be people of peace when sexual abuse and assault is woven into the fabric of our own communities?” Through a survey of church periodicals, I will show that some Mennonites have been working on this topic for almost fifty years.
Musician: Mariette Stephenson, guitar
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Dr. Sofia Samatar, professor of literature at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, will be our next Bechtel Lecture Series guest. As a writer of fantasy literature, she has an interesting personal story as a woman of Swiss Mennonite-Somali descent. Her personal identity as a mixed Mennonite intersects with her writing and thinking about literature.