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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.

2016 Featured Speaker

Perry Bush – American Mennonites, History and the Common Good

Perry Bush is professor of history at Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio. He is the author of four books, including Two Kingdoms, Two Loyalties: Mennonite Pacifism in Modern America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998); Rust Belt Resistance: How a Small Community Took on Big Oil and Won (Kent State University Press, 2012); and, most recently, Peace, Progress and the Professor: The Mennonite History of C. Henry Smith (Herald Press, 2015). In addition, Bush has published in both popular and scholarly journals such as Sojourners, Peace and Change, Mennonite Quarterly Review, Journal of Mennonite Studies and Fides et Historia. He has taught U.S. history as a Fulbright Scholar in Ukraine, served in elected leadership roles the Allen County (Ohio) Democratic Party, and managed two local political campaigns. He lives in Bluffton, where he is a member of First Mennonite Church. He and his wife Elysia are the parents of three adult children.


Sunday, October 30
8:00 p.m. Grasping the Hand of Politics: Mennonites and the Common Good Krehbiel Auditorium
Luyken Fine Arts Center
Monday, October 31
11:00 a.m. Saying Yes and No to the State: Mennonites, History and Social Responsibility (Convocation) Krehbiel Auditorium
Luyken Fine Arts Center
7:00 p.m. Unions and the Challenge of Kermit Eby — Guy Hershberger 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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