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2018-19 Public Lectures Announced

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

2018-19 Public Lectures at GrebelConrad Grebel University College is pleased to announce an exciting series of public lectures set for 2018-19, on a wide range of topics that reflect the College’s areas of interest and expertise.

Alicia BattenTo start off on October 18, the annual Benjamin Eby lecture given by a Grebel faculty member will be presented by Dr. Alicia Batten, associate professor of Religious Studies and Theological Studies. Her topic is Memory, Identity, and the Sermon on the Mount: The Case of André Trocmé, and will explore biblical interpretation around the rescue of refugees in World War II France.

Jane Ramseyer MillerOn October 26 “Grebel Sings” – the year-long all-College project to emphasize community-building through song – welcomes Jane Ramseyer Miller who will lead a public gathering to Sing for Water. Ramseyer Miller is Artistic Director for One Voice Mixed Chorus, Minnesota’s GLBTA chorus.  

Erma Fast DueckThe Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies will host Dr. Irma Fast Dueck from Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg. Fast Dueck is a practical theologian who will explore the topic of young people in the Mennonite church today, speaking on Take me to the Waters: Baptism, Commitment, and the Church. Join Fast Dueck for a public lecture on February 7 and a youth panel on February 8.

YSAYE BARNWELLThe “Grebel Sings” initiative will end on a high note in March 2019 with a visit by Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell, appointed as the College’s Rodney and Lorna Sawatsky Visiting Scholar. Barnwell is a celebrated scholar, composer, choral clinician, vocalist and former member of Sweet Honey in the Rock. On March 8 she will offer a public lecture on The Power of Music to Create Inclusive Communities and on March 9 a 2-hour workshop on Building a Vocal Community: The Power of Song in Community.

Ben Nobbs ThiessenAnd finally, on a date to be announced in spring 2019, Conrad Grebel’s J. Winfield Fretz Visiting Research Scholar in Mennonite Studies will present a public lecture. Dr. Ben Nobbs-Thiessen is a historian of Latin America whose research focuses on the evolving history of the low-German Mennonite diaspora in the region.

Most events are free but some require registration. Watch the Grebel website for more information closer to the event dates. All events take place on the Grebel campus.

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