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Sarah Unruh ’12

Menno Simons Lectures

In 1950, the John P. and Carolina Schrag Kaufman family established the Menno Simons Lectureship Endowment. This fund promotes research and public lectures by recognized scholars relating to Anabaptist-Mennonite history, thought, life and culture, both past and present. In 1997, the family of William E. and Meta Goering Juhnke contributed substantially to the endowment. The Kaufman and Juhnke families had their roots in the Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge, Kan.

2013 Lecture

Featured Speaker

Marlene Epp - The Semiotics of Zwieback, Sauerkraut and Spring Rolls: Mennonites and Foodways

Marlene Epp is professor of history and peace & conflict studies, and director of Mennonite studies at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. Her research and publications are mainly on the history of Mennonite women and, more recently, on food history. Recent books include Edible Histories, Cultural Politics: Towards a Canadian Food History (co-edited, 2012) and Mennonite Women in Canada: A History (2008)


Sunday, Oct. 27, 3:30 p.m. Eating Like a Mennonite: Food and Identity
Bethel College Mennonite Church
Monday, Oct. 28, 11:00 a.m. (Convocation) Are We Eating ‘Just’ Food?
Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center
Monday, Oct. 28, 7:00 p.m. Eating across Borders: Mennonite Missions and Migrations
Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7:00 p.m. “Just” Recipes: Re-reading Mennonite Cookbooks
Krehbiel Auditorium, Fine Arts Center

Opportunity for discussion will follow each session.

More information on the lecture can be found in our brochure.

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