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Fall 2004

  • Aug 30: President E. LaVerne Epp, "Curious George"
  • Sept. 3: Dale Schrag, "Introduction to Convocation"
  • Sept. 6: "A Stadium Celebration"
  • Sept. 10: Amy Barker, "A Theological Pilgrimage"
  • Sept. 13: Mark McCormick, "What He’s Done for Me"
  • Sept. 17: Club Fair and Senate Elections
  • Sept. 20: Ron Roberson, "Light from the East? A Methodist Who Became a Catholic Looks at the Orthodox Churches"
  • Sept. 27: Bud Welch, "From Rage to Reconciliation"
  • Oct. 1: Brad Born, "Popeye, Chick, X-Men and the Justice League: the Revelation of Comic Books"
  • Oct. 4: Triple Play, "Understanding All That Jazz"
  • Oct. 8: Arthur W. Marks, "Still ’Ain’t Misbehavin’: A Musical Revue"
  • Oct. 11: BIFL students, "A Revealing Look at the Last Book of the New Testament"
  • Oct. 15: Gary Histand, "The Wonderful World of Chemistry"
  • Oct. 18: James Juhnke and Lowell Peachey, "An Atypical Presidential Debate"
  • Oct. 22: Randy Brown and Carolyn McGinn, "The 31st District State Senate Race"
  • Oct. 29: Duane Friesen, "The Story of a Love Affair"
  • Nov. 1: Lee Palmer Wandel, "Textual Communities: Theologians and Evangelicals" (Menno Simons lecture)
  • Nov. 5: Undergraduate research reports
  • Nov. 8: Galen Gisler, "Calculating the Future: The Meteor Impact That Killed the Dinosaurs"
  • Nov 12: Ted (Swartz) and Lee (Eshleman), "Humor and Faith: A Holy Accident" (Staley lecture)\
  • Nov. 19: Sandra Birdsell, "Headlines Then and Now: Katya and the Birth of a Personal, Historical, Novel
  • Nov. 22: Donna Sweet, "HIV/AIDS: Definitely Not Gone, but Forgotten by Many"
  • Dec. 3: Michael Davis, "The Jewish World of Yesterday and Today"
  • Dec. 6: "A Book That Made a Difference"
  • Dec. 8: Annual Messiah sing
  • Dec. 10: Christmas Gala

Spring 2004

  • Feb. 6: Mark E. McCormick, "The Delightful Burden of Feeling Too Deeply"
  • Feb. 9: Curt Goering, "Human Rights, Iraq, and the ’War on Terror’ "
  • Feb. 13: Cookie Wiebe, "Blame It on Bethel: Service for Life"
  • Feb. 15: (7:30pm) Naim Stifan Ateek, "The Use and Misuse of the Bible in Palestine: An Historical and Theological View" (Bible lecture)
  • Feb 16: Naim Stifan Ateek, "Jonah: The First Palestinian Liberation Theologian" (Bible lecture)
  • Feb. 16: (7:30pm) Naim Stifan Ateek, "The Bible and the Land" (Bible lecture)
  • Feb. 20: Interterm travel reports
  • Feb. 23: Andrew Rice, "Exploiting Sept. 11th for Pre-Emptive War: How Our National Tragedy Was Used to Launch an Unjustified War"
  • Feb. 27: Travis Heying, "Iraq from a Kansas Perspective"
  • Mar. 1: The Bartered Bride opera excerpts
  • Mar. 5: Donna Sibaai, "Life as an American Muslim"
  • Mar. 8: Cheryl L. Stucky, "From Bethel to Berlin and Beyond: A Science Journey" (Young Alumni award convo)
  • Mar. 12: Brad Gregory, "Why History Matters"
  • Mar. 15: Ami Regier, "Seeing a Sacred Truce in the Landscape: Visual and Literary Notes from a Quick Trip to Athens"
  • Mar. 19: Forensics road show
  • Mar. 29: Arvis Arvette, "The New World Order: How It Affects Human and Civil Rights"
  • Apr. 2: Steve Shawl, "Highlights from the Hubble Telescope"\
  • Apr. 5: Ronald Barker, "The Story of an Air Force Fighter Pilot"
  • Apr. 12: International student convo
  • Apr. 16: Bethel and Beyond, African-American Alumni Association
  • Apr. 19: C. Henry Smith Peace Oration finals
  • Apr. 23: Anga Rory (Joyful Spirit), Paraguayan dance troupe
  • Apr. 26: Student Senate
  • Apr. 30: William Eash and Brad Born, "Dona nobis pacem: a Celebration of Peace or a Celebration of War?"
  • May 3: Joseph Goering, "Finding the Holy Grail: An Historian’s Quest"
  • May 7: Douglas T. Shima and Bill Rich, "Law Day 2004: The 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas"
  • May 10: Music department convo
  • May 14: Awards convo

Fall 2003

  • Sept. 2: E. LaVerne Epp, "Like the Green, Beginning Again"
  • Sept. 5: Dale Schrag, "Convocation: Why Are We Here?"
  • Sept 8: "Windows into the Lives of Bethel’s New Faculty"
  • Sept. 11: Christopher White, "Born on 9/11: The Making of a Marine Turned Veteran for Peace"
  • Sept. 15: Club Fair and Senate Elections
  • Sept. 22: John McCabe-Juhnke, "Living to Perform - Performing to Live: My Tour of Life’s Stages" (honors convo)
  • Sept. 26: 2002-2003 Study Abroad students, "The World is Our Classroom"
  • Sept. 29: Jonathan B. Hook, "Self-Esteem and Indian Mascots"
  • Oct. 3: Thane Chastain, "Content Analysis in Communication Research: The Simpsons - A Case Study in Cartoon Verbal Aggression" (Fall Fest convo)
  • Oct. 6: Robert Hull, "Dealing with People You Wish Would Go Away"
    Oct. 10: A Plagiarism Primer
  • Oct. 13: Rhonda Holman, "Newspapers Make You Smarter - Or Should"
  • Oct. 17: Brent Noel, "Forum Theatre"
  • Oct. 20: D. Paul Miller, "Senior Olympics and Life Style"
  • Oct. 24: John Simmering, "Perspectives on Alcohol Use and Abuse"
  • Oct. 31: "Travels with Jonah and John: A Window into BIFL"
  • Nov. 2 (7:30pm): Jean Janzen, "Mud: The Mound That Saves Us" (Menno Simons lecture)
  • Nov. 3 (11 am): Jean Janzen, "Water: Wailing in the Shower" (Menno Simons lecture)
  • Nov. 3 (7:30pm): Jean Janzen, "Fire and Air: Breathing the Light" (Menno Simons lecture)
  • Nov. 4: (7:30pm): Jean Janzen, "Text: Marking the Stone" (Menno Simons lecture)
  • Nov. 7: C. Leo Hartshorn, "Drumming for Peace: Rhythmic and Irenic Pedagogy or Teaching Peace with a Funky Beat" (Staley lecture)
  • Nov. 10: C. Leo Hartshorn, "Drumming for Peace: Rhythmic and Irenic Pedagogy or Teaching Peace with a Funky Beat" (Staley lecture)
  • Nov 14: Bethel College Unplugged
  • Nov. 17: Summer 2003 Undergraduate Research Reports
  • Nov. 21: Bethel College Dance Festival
  • Dec. 1: Student Summer Science Internship Reports
  • Dec. 5: Rajmohan Gandhi, "The Legacy of My Grandfather for Peacemaking Today"
  • Dec. 8: Jerry Stein, "Asubpeeschoseewagong/Grassy Narrows First Nation: Sovereignty, Treaty Rights, and Logging Road Blockade"

Spring 2003

  • Feb. 7: Laurence A. Marschall, "Measuring the Age of the Universe"
  • Feb. 10: Paul Rudy: "Anthropological Impulses in the Creative Process: ’I’ll have my eggs unscrambled please’ "
  • Feb. 14: Bryan Dietrich, poetry reading from Krypton Nights
  • Feb. 17: Service Day: Megan Goering, Mark Smith
  • Feb. 21: Multicultural Life
  • Feb. 24: Interterm Travel Reports
  • Feb. 28: Loren L. Johns, "The Left Behind Series: Vision of God at Work?" (Bible Lecture)
  • Mar. 3: Paul Schrag, Wendy Funk Schrag, Young Alumni Award Convocation
  • Mar. 7: Students for Social Chagen
  • Mar. 10: Bethel Internships: Learning Outside the Classroom
  • Mar. 14: Todd Davis, poetry reading from Ripe
  • Mar. 17: Charles Snowdon, "Primate Family Values: Monogamy and Cooperative Infant Care"
  • Mar. 31: Kristi Smith, "Don’t Kill for Me"
  • Apr. 4: Patricia Kaurouma, "Sacred Music of Duke Ellington"
  • Apr. 7: Sondra Koontz, Academy Award Shorts
  • Apr. 14: Deanell Reece Tacha, chief judge, 10th District Court of Appeals
  • Apr. 21: C. Heny Smith Peace Oration finals
  • Apr. 25: Noel Rasor, "Seeing Urban America: The Landscapes of Urban Redevelopment"
  • Apr. 28: Student Senate
  • May 2: G. Joseph Pierron, Richard B. Walker, Douglas T. Shima, "The United States Supreme Court in Review"
  • May 5: Forensics Road Show
  • May 9: Music Department
  • May 12: Awards Convocation
  • May 16: Bethel College Unplugged

Fall 2002

  • Sep 6: E. LaVerne Epp, "Packing for College and Playing Large"
  • Sep 9: All Campus Forum, "9/11 One Year Later"
  • Sep 13: Club Fair and Senate Elections
  • Sep 16: 2001-02 Study Abroad Students, "The World is Our Classroom"
  • Sep 20: Mahat Farah el-Khoury, "Women and Peacemaking in Syria"
  • Sep 23: Diane Flickner, "Champions of Character - A Standard Higher Than Victory"
  • Sep 27: Summer 2002 Undergraduate Research Reports
  • Sep 30: Dwight Krehbiel, "Why I Love Science (and Hope You Will Too)" (honors convo)
  • Oct 4: Garry Boston, "Politics 2002"
  • Oct 7: Jonathan W. Jantz, "The Effects of Television and Videos on Adolescents and Subsequent Violence"
  • Oct 11: Fall Festive Jazz Concert, Bethel College Faculty Jazz Quartet
  • Oct 14: Adrian Melott, "Our Universe: Its Earliest Times, Its Ultimate Fate"
  • Oct 18, 20, 21: James E. Brenneman, "A Subversive Holiness: Studies in the Book of Exodus" (Staley Lectures)
  • Oct 25: Kjell Ove Nilsson, "Martin Luther and the Protestant Revolution"
  • Nov 1: Spanish Department, "Dia del los Muertos: The Mexican Celebration Representing Unity between Life and Death"
  • Nov 3-5: C. Arnold Snyder, "The Rich Legacy of Anabaptist Spirituality" (Menno Simons Lectures)
  • Nov 8: Kenneth Armitage, "The Galapagos Islands: The Enchanted Isles"
  • Nov 11: Student Development, "Substance Abuse"
  • Nov 15: Student Summer Science Internship Report
  • Nov 18: Duane Friesen, panel discussion on The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder
  • Nov 22: Kathryn Kasper, "Too Many Sopranos," excerpts from the fall open
  • Dec 2: Department of English, "Creative Writing at Bethel College"
  • Dec 6: Charles Epp, "Litigation and Social Reform"
  • Dec 9: Renee Dreiling and Phyllis Abrams, "Community: Contemporary and Contemplative"
  • Dec 13: annual Christmas convocation

Spring 2002

  • Feb 8: Schuyler Jones, "Background to the Situation in Afghanistan"
  • Feb 11: Keith Ratzlaff, poetry reading
  • Feb 15: Multicultural Life
  • Feb 22: Clayton Koppes (’67), "What Every Yale [Bethel] Freshman Should Know . . . But Didn’t in 1963"
  • Feb 24-26: Perry Yoder, "Songs of the Kingdom" (Bible Lectures)
  • Mar 1: Interterm travel reports
  • Mar 4: Karl Friesen, Kurt Friesen, Gwen Neufeld, Jeff Stehman,"Riding the Hype: Five Years in the Internet Business" (Young Alumni Convo)
  • Mar 8: "Learning Outside the Classroom" (Bethel internships)
  • Mar 11: Keith Sprunger, "Finding History and Excitement in Your Kansas Hometowns"
  • Mar 18 morning: John McCabe-Juhnke, "Performance in Prison: Doing Theater While Doing Time"
  • Mar 18 evening: Student Development, Damascus Road Team, film "The Legacy"
  • Mar 22: "Bethel College Unplugged" (Bethel College student folk artists)
  • Mar 25: Kate Campbell, folk singer
  • Apr 8: Doris Bergen, "Gender and Genocide"
  • Apr 12: Forensics Road Show
  • Apr 15: Jeanine Hathaway, poetry reading
  • Apr 19: Student Senate
  • Apr 22: C. Henry Smith Peace Oration finals
  • Apr 26: Music Department
  • Apr 29: David McReynolds, "Socialism in the 21st Century"
  • May 3: Jim Goering, "Some Thoughts on Future Global Challenges and the Christian Professional’s Response
  • May 10: Honors Convo

Fall 2001

  • Aug 28: Douglas A. Penner, "Education and Imperfection: Living and Learning in the Real World" (opening convo)
  • Aug 31: Steve Unruh, progressive folk/rock concert
  • Sep 7: "The World is Our Classroom", 2000-2001 study abroad students
  • Sep 10: Club fair and Senate elections
  • Sep 14: Thorvald Holmes, "Who’s at Home on the Range"
  • Sep 17: Clayton Koppes, "What Every Yale [Bethel] Freshman Should Know . . . But Didn’t in 1963" [cancelled]
  • Sep 21: Student summer internship reports
  • Sep 24: Billy McCray, "A Voice from the Community"
  • Sep 28: June Alliman Yoder, "Remember and Do Not Forget: Sacred Stories of Our Lives" (Staley Lectures)
  • Oct 1: June Alliman Yoder, "Remember and Do Not Forget: Sacred Stories of Our Lives" (Staley Lectures)
  • Oct 5: Summer 2001 undergraduate research student reports
  • Oct 8: Mark Jantzen, "Flunking History Could Kill You: The Role of History in the Conflicts of the Former Yugoslavia"
  • Oct 12: Susan Schultz Huxman, "You’ve Come a Long Way Baby: Milestones of U. S. Women in Sport" (Fall Fest convo)
  • Oct 19: Kahlil Green, "Realities of Prison Life: A View from the Hutchinson Correctional Facility
  • Oct 26: Dale Suderman, "Banality and Euphoria: The Art of ’Getting High’"
  • Oct 29: Alan Kreider, "Oath-Taking and Truth-Telling" (Menno Simons Lectures)
  • Nov 2: Bethel professors panel, "Neuroscience and the Soul"
  • Nov 5: "The World of International Students"
  • Nov 9: A. Emerson Wiens, "Technology, the God That Limps"
  • Nov 12: Bethel College Peace Club, "Report from Mobilization for Global Justice, Washington, D. C."
  • Nov 16: Jerry Herbert, "Citizen Disciples: What’s the Gospel Got to do with America?"
  • Nov 19: John Sheriff, "Where the Meanings, are"
  • Nov 26: Advent hymn sing
  • Nov 30: "Prairie Nutcracker", "Informance"
  • Dec 3: "Student Poets Read Their Work"
  • Dec 7: Christmas convo

Spring 2001

  • Feb 2: Shukura Sentwali, "Africa’s Contribution to World Civilization: Forgotten or Never Taught?"
  • Feb 8: Prairie Wind Dancers, "Stories of Addiction"
  • Feb 9: Interterm 2001: Travel Reports
  • Feb 12: Raylene Hinz-Penner, "Valentines: Poems for the Birds, the Saints, and Eros"
  • Feb 16: Carmen Pauls, "Hungry, Thirsty, a Stranger: Mennonite Central Committee Responds to the Humanitarian Crisis in Iraq"
  • Feb 19: Shana Goering and Jesse Graber, Service Day
  • Feb 23: Treva Reimer, "Carnival in Rio!"
  • Feb 26: Seiichi P. T. Matsuda and Bonnie Bartel, "Experimenting with Food" (Young Alumni Award)
  • Mar 2: "Learning outside the Classroom" (Bethel internships)
  • Mar 5: Multicultural Life: Alumni
  • Mar 9: Henry Holden, "Don’t Dis the Ability"
  • Mar 12: Jeff Gundy, "Rhapsody with Dark Matter"
  • Mar 30: John Janzen and Reinhild Janzen, "Voices from the Aftermath of War in Rwanda"
  • Apr 2: Bill Born, "I’ll Know It When I See It: Campus Forum on Pornography on the Internet"
  • Apr 6: Multicultural Life Students
  • Apr 9: Ronald Sider, "Justice for the City: An Historic Opportunity for American Christians" (Bible Lecture)
  • Apr 16: Student Senate: 2001-2002 candidates
  • Apr 20: C. Henry Smith Peace Oration finals
  • Apr 23: Bethel College Forensics Showcase
  • Apr 27: Norma Kehrberg, "The Cross in the Land of the Khukuri"
  • Apr 30: Sonda Bandy Koontz, "Academy Award Shorts"
  • May 4: Music Department: Ensemble Showcase
  • May 7: Honors convo
  • May 11: William Eash, "Haydn’s ’Creation’: Evolution of a Masterwork"

Fall 2000

  • Aug 29: Douglas A. Penner, "Listen for the Call" (opening school convo)
  • Sep 1: Bret Boyer, solo guitar
  • Sep 4: Harold Schlechtweg, "Labor Day Reflections: The Need for Unions Today
  • Sep 8: Michael Meade, "Violence and Apathy amongst Modern Youth"
  • Sep 11: Club fair and Senate elections
  • Sep 15: Student summer internship reports
  • Sep 22: Chuck Neufeld, "Can You Live with It? With What You’ve Gathered, That Is?" (Staley Lectures)
  • Sep 25: Chuck Neufeld, "So You’re Packed, Now What? From Obligation to Privilege!" (Staley Lectures)
  • Sep 29: Summer 2000 undergraduate research student reports
  • Oct 2: Ami Regier, "Reading Elbib Doownosiop Eht Backwards: Narrative Ethics and Readers’ Ethics in the Twentieth-Century Novel" (honors convo)
  • Oct 6: Ken Hiebert, "The Spirit of a Place" (Fall Fest convo)
  • Oct 9: Christine Downey, "Campaign 2000: Kansas Senate, District 31"
  • Oct 13: Carls Nolla, "Campaign 2000: 4th Congressional District"
  • Oct 16: Karen Klassen Harder, "Reflections on Africa"
  • Oct 20: Adam Knapp, "The Role of Sports in Society"
  • Oct 27: Abner Hershberger, "Reading Our Culture through Visual Art"
  • Oct 30: Mark Noll, "Who Are Today’s Evangelicals and What Are They Up To?" (Menno Simons Lectures)
  • Nov 3: Terry Chappell, "Safety in Medicine"
  • Nov 6: Student Senate, "Who Are We and What Are We Doing?"
  • Nov 10: Academic Fair
  • Nov 13: Martin Chislom, "The Year Was: Frederick Douglass’s Life"
  • Nov 17: International students
  • Nov 20: John Sheriff, "Untitled #2: By Any Other Name"
  • Nov 27: Bob Gress, "Kansas Wildlife"
  • Dec 1: Department of English, "Creative Writing at Bethel College"
  • Dec 10: Christmas Convocation

Spring 2000

  • Feb 7: "Bethel Internships: Theory into Action"
  • Feb 11: Albert Goldbarth, "Poems Approaching Valentine’s Day"
  • Feb 14: Mara Vanderslice, "Life before Debt: Jubilee 2000"
  • Feb 18: Lauren Perkins, "Your Media"
  • Feb 21: "Interterm Travel: Student Reports"
  • Feb 25: Larry Friesen, Jim Harder, Karen Klassen Harder, "Sabbatical Experiences in the Field"
  • Feb 28: Multicultural Student Organization
  • Mar 3: Ivars Peterson, "Moebius Fantasies and Other Excursions into Mathematical Art"
  • Mar 6: Leticia Palacioz Nielsen, "Forming Disciples of Christ and the Stewardship Way of Life" (Young Alumna Award)
  • Mar 10: Cynthia Doyle, "The Journey: North Newton and Back" (African-American Alumni Reunion)
  • Mar 12: J. Denny Weaver, "Salvation through the Slain Lamb" (Bible Lectures)
  • Mar 13: J. Denny Weaver, "Atonement: A Conversation with Black Theology" (Bible Lectures)
  • Mar 13: J. Denny Weaver, "Atonement: A Conversation with Feminist and Womanist Theology" (Bible Lectures)
  • Mar 14: J. Denny Weaver, "Atonement: The Bible and Defenders of Anselm" (Bible Lectures)
  • Mar 17: Donald C. Holsinger, "Islam and the West: Coming Clash of Civilizations?"
  • Mar 27: Bill Born, "Student Development: Campus Housing Plans 2000-2001"
  • Mar 31: Administrative Cabinet
  • Apr 3: "Microcosmos" (documentary film) [not shown?]
  • Apr 7: Marjean Harris, "To Eat or Not to Eat: Is That the Question?"
  • Apr 10: Marie Snider, "Too Young . . . Too Old"
  • Apr 17: Student Senate 2000-2001 candidates
  • Apr 24: Bethel College Forensics Showcase
  • Apr 28: Music Department Honors students
  • May 1: C. Henry Smith Peace Oration finals
  • May 5: Sol y Sombra, Wichita salsa band
  • May 8: Honors Convocation
  • May 12: William Eash, "Yo, Elijah! ’Sup?"

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