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Scholar of Swiss Reformation to give 53rd Menno Simons Lectures

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- A scholar in the social history of 16th-century Europe, with a particular interest in Switzerland, will deliver the 53rd Menno Simons Lectures Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at Bethel College. Lee Palmer Wandel’s theme for her four-lecture series is "Faith and Humanity: How Do We Tell the Story of the Reformation?"

Wandel is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She has a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of California-Santa Cruz, a master of arts degree in history from Brown University and a PhD in history from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Before coming to the University of Wisconsin, Wandel taught at Stanford and Yale.

Wandel is the author of two books (Always Among Us: Images of the Poor in Zwingli’s Zurich and Voracious Idols and Violent Hands: Iconoclasm in Reformation Zurich) and is completing a third, The Eucharist in the Early Modern World. She is also the co-author, with Robin Winks, of Europe in a Wider World, 1350-1650.

"Dr. Wandel’s work on Reformation Zurich is invaluable for understanding the economic and religious climate that shaped the Anabaptist movement in Zurich," said Dale Schrag, director of church relations and a scholar of Anabaptist history.

Wandel will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, Monday, Nov. 1, and Tuesday, Nov. 2, as well as at 11 a.m. on Nov. 1. All sessions will be held in Krehbiel Auditorium in the Fine Arts Center on the Bethel campus and are free and open to the public.

The John P. and Carolyn Schrag Kaufman family established the Menno Simons Lectureship Endowment to promote research and public lectures by recognized scholars relating to Anabaptist-Mennonite history, thought, life and culture, past and present. Since 1997, the family of William E. and Meta Goering Juhnke has also contributed substantially to the endowment. Both families have their roots in the Moundridge area.

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