Thursday, March 11, 2021 — 7:00 PM EST

Blackness, Whiteness and the Anabaptist 'Imagined Community' in Print and Mission

How did Anabaptists enter into the discourse of race in North America during the 19th and early 20th centuries? How did they negotiate, challenge and reproduce ideas of race in the forms of print, social interaction and mission activity? This lecture will focus on the racialization of Anabaptists, as reflected in denominational periodicals and newspapers, and on the ways in which preconceptions of blackness and whiteness informed Mennonite mission activity in the United States and Canada. 

Dr. Timothy D. Epp from Redeemer University will give the virtual 2021 Bechtel Lecture in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies. 

Dr. Timothy D. Epp is associate professor of Sociology at Redeemer University. He hails originally from Rosthern, SK, and lives in Dundas, ON with his wonderful wife, youngest daughter and their very barky (but loveable) Brussels Griffon. His publications on Mennonites and blackness may be found in Journal of Mennonite Studies, Conrad Grebel Review, and Wellington County History. In addition to Anabaptists and racial identity, his research interests include the discourse of spirituality in popular music, and the concept of personhood in relation to dementia care.

Virtual Q&A to follow lecture. Please register here to receive session connection information.

Invitation to the bechtel lecture

Cost 
Free | Registration required for virtual Q&A portion

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