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The culture of Bethel is one that encourages students to try new things and to think critically.
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.

2015 Lecture

Featured Speaker

Jeff Gundy – Wrestling with Mennonite/s Writing

Jeff Gundy, professor of English at Bluffton (Ohio) University since 1984, has published six books of poems and four of prose, most recently Somewhere Near Defiance (Anhinga, 2014), Songs from an Empty Cage: Poetry, Mystery, Anabaptism, and Peace (Cascadia, 2013) and Spoken among the Trees (Akron, 2008). His poems and essays have appeared in Georgia Review, Image, Kenyon Review, The Christian Century, Mennonite Quarterly Review, Conrad Grebel Review, Nimrod and many other magazines. Gundy was a 2008 Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Salzburg, and taught at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania, in spring 2015. Other awards and honors include two C. Henry Smith Peace Lecturerships at Bluffton, a Bechtel Lectureship at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ontario, a Yoder Lectureship at Goshen (Indiana) College, the Dale Brown Book Award (for Walker in the Fog: On Mennonite Writing) and multiple  poetry fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council.


Sunday, November 1
7:00 p.m. Imagining Mennonite/s Writing: Wrestlers, Rebels and Assorted Others Krehbiel Auditorium
Luyken Fine Arts Center
Monday, November 2
11:00 a.m. Hearing Mennonite/s Writing: Somewhere Near Defiance (Convocation) Krehbiel Auditorium
Luyken Fine Arts Center
7:00 p.m. Looking for Mennonite/s Writing: The Village, the City and the So-Called Real World Krehbiel Auditorium
Luyken 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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