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The World Remembers: 1914-1918 @ CGR
Sep 25 @ 12:00 am – Nov 11 @ 5:00 pm

Every day from September 25-November 11, the names of 661,818 soldiers and nurses on all sides of the First World War killed in 1917 will be digitally displayed at more than 60 locations around the world. The commemoration is a unique expression of remembrance, reconciliation and education, and shows the enormous human cost of the war. The Mennonite Archives of Ontario Gallery (3rd floor, Conrad Grebel University College) will be one of these display locations. The Gallery is also the location of the exhibit “Sites of Nonresistance: Ontario Mennonites and the First World War.”


Monday to Friday

8:30 am – 7:10 pm
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Regrettably, we are not able to provide access on Saturday mornings or Sundays. However, on November 11 (Remembrance Day) access will be provided for the entire day (8:30 am to 7:10 pm).

Speaking Fruit at the Canadian Student Leadership Conference @ REN
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Conceived by Toronto-artist Farrah Miranda, Speaking Fruit is a new and first-of-its-kind mobile, roadside fruit-stand and design studio that feeds the movement for migrant farmworker rights.

Beginning with a single question posed to migrant farmworkers in Southern Ontario, the project asks: “If the fruits you grow and pick could speak from dinner tables, refrigerators and grocery aisles, what would you want them to say?” Organizers have gathered dozens of written and
audio responses to this question from migrant agricultural workers across Southern Ontario and mobilized an incredible array of artists, partners, activists, and allies around these messages, turning them into direct action and also creative expression.

Evelyn Encalada, an organizer with the group Justice for Migrant Workers says the project is both urgent and necessary. “It brings together worlds that are kept apart but inextricably linked, interrupting the erasure and disconnection inherent in Canada’s agricultural labour schemes.”

With colourful produce, a virtual reality film and lively soundscape, the sculpture convenes events that aim to share strategies and build alliances between movements for racial, food and labour justice, while distributing these messages to the public through specially designed produce packaging.

For Gabriel Allahdua, the project provides an opportunity for migrant farmworkers to share their thoughts, experiences and demands with the public. “We want permanent status not temporary work,” he explains as a matter of fact.

Presented on specially designed produce packaging available at the fruit-stand, these messages will make their way to produce consumers in Southern Ontario and beyond. Consumers may respond to messages from the workers, using the hashtag #SpeakingFruit.

“I wanted to create space for migrant farmworkers to join in the artistic process,” explains Farrah Miranda. “Migrant farmworkers can be artists too. Many already are.”

In the spirit of experimentation and collaboration, Farrah Miranda invited other artists to join her at the farms this summer.

Hamilton-based choreographer, Heryka Miranda, believes that art has the power to transform. “There’s a kind of magic and self-permission that happens when one begins to think of themselves as an artist. Through dance, the grape growers I worked with were able to share their profound relationship to the land and the fruit that they work with daily”.

A virtual reality headset will be available at the fruit-stand. Wearing it, allows the viewer to travel to the vineyard. Amidst its rustling leaves, and moody skies, they will witness the creativity of the workers. Supported by Toronto musicians, the sound in the film was produced by the workers.

This fall Speaking Fruit also travels to:

Sept. 16 – Black Creek Community Farm
Sept. 20 – Our Sustenance Night Market in Six Nations
Sept. 21-23 – Art and Food Justice Festival in Hamilton
Sept. 24 – Leamington Gathering with Migrant Farmworkers
Sept. 28 – Canadian Student Leadership Conference + Guest Lecture in Waterloo (Renison University College)
Sept 30 – Nuit Blanche
Oct. 7 – Hemi GSI Convergence
Oct. 25-Nov 30 – Santa Fe Arts Institute

Creators’ Bios


Farrah Miranda is an Abu-Dhabi born, Toronto-based artist of Goan and Mangalorean descent. She holds a Master of Environmental Studies from York University (2017), and has studied under performance scholar and feminist theatre director, Honor Ford-Smith.

Miranda has exhibited at Artcite Inc. (Windsor), the Surrey Art Gallery (British Columbia), Astérides (Marseille), and Whippersnapper Gallery (Toronto). Her writing appears in several publications, including In the Wake of the Komagata Maru: Transpacific Migration, Race and Contemporary Art, VOZ-À-VOZ, Decolonization, Indigeneity & Society, Border Criminologies, Rabble and FUSE Magazine.

She is the recipient of the ETFO Social Activism Award (2013), and the Funding Engaging Actions with Sustainable Tactics ’06 Award (2013).

Conceived by Miranda, SPEAKING FRUIT, is one of 200 exceptional projects funded by the Canada Council for the Arts New Chapter Program (2017). It is also the recipient of generous support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Ontario Arts Council.


Craig Fortier is an Assistant Professor in Social Development Studies at Renison University College, an affiliated college of the University of Waterloo. He holds a PhD in Sociology from York University. Craig has participated in movements for migrant justice and in support of Indigenous sovereignty for over a decade in Toronto, Three Fires Confederacy, Haudenosaunee, and Huron-Wyandot territories. His dissertation looks at how anti-authoritarian movements learn, imagine, and practice processes of decolonization.

His research interests include settler colonialism, decolonization, nationalism, social movements, migrant justice, anti-authoritarian social service provision and baseball history.

Craig Fortier procured research funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the University of Waterloo for this project, and is the Principal Investigator on this research.


Evelyn Encalada is a community organiser and researcher who was born in Chile and raised in Canada. Her dissertation focuses on migrant work across rural Ontario and Rural Mexico. Evelyn has worked in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras with the Central American Network in Solidarity with Women Maquila Workers and with the Workers Support Centre in Puebla, Mexico. Evelyn is a founding member of Justice for Migrant Farm Workers, a political collective that has fought for the rights of migrant farm workers in Canada since 2001. In the summer of 2009 she created an innovative online course-Migration and Displacement- based on her academic and transnational organizing work for the Centre for Intercultural Communication at the University of British Columbia.

Gabriel Allahdua is a migrant farmworker, organizer with Justice for Migrant Farmworkers and advisor on Speaking Fruit. He moved to Canada to work as a temporary agricultural worker in 2010 after a hurricane devastated his home and livelihood in St. Lucia. An expert on what it means to live in conditions where one is permanently temporary, Allahdua is routinely called upon by media, social justice organizations, unions and universities to comment on topics related to Canada’s temporary labour migration schemes.

Austrian Pianist Anna Magdalena Kokits @ CGR
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Anna Magdalena Kokits – Coast to Coast Tour

Award-winning Austrian pianist Anna Magdalena Kokits will play a selection of modern and classical pieces as part of her coast-to-coast tour during Canada 150.

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

32 Variationen in c-moll, WoO 80 (1806)

Manuela Kerer (*1980) 

Dla Rajun (2013)

Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871-1942)

Fantasien über Gedichte von Richard Dehmel op. 9 (1898)

Ernst Toch (1887-1964)

Capriccetti op. 36 (1925)

George Gershwin (1889-1937)

Rhapsody in Blue, Version für Solo Klavier (1924)

You can listen to some samples of Ms. Kokits’s music on her website or get a glimpse of her at the piano:

Watch video on YouTube


In addition to Ms. Kokits’ concert, the Austrian Embassy will be showcasing an exhibition called ‘CALLIOPE AUSTRIA: Women in Society, Culure and the Sciences.’ The exhibition is both a celebration of women in Austrian history and a reckoning with their invisibleness in the history books. CALLIOPE opens this evening and will then be available for general viewing from Monday, October 3 – Thursday, October 12.

About Anna Magdalena Kokits

Anna Magdalena Kokits was born in Vienna in 1988. She received her first piano tuition at the age of four, and only a few years later found her ideal teacher and mentor in Alejandro Geberovich (*Buenos Aires, 1948), with whom she went on to complete her studies at the Vienna Conservatorium Private University in 2013.

As a prize winner of several national and international competitions she soon attracted attention, and gave her first solo performances with orchestras such as the Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich and the Moscow Virtuosos while still in her teens. Along with pursuing her solo career, which has made her a frequent and popular guest at festivals all over Europe (e. g. the festival “Nei suoni dei luoghi” in Italy, the “Euregio Musikfestival” in the Netherlands, the “Musikalischer Sommer in Ostfriesland” in Germany and the “Music in Rhodes Festival” in Greece), she has made chamber music one of the main focuses of her activity: From 2007 to 2014 she formed a duo with ‘cellist Alexander Gebert, performing at major venues across Europe and beyond and producing a CD recording due for release in 2015. Other partners of renown include Dimitri Ashkenazy, Eduard Brunner, Chen Halevi, Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer, Herbert Kefer, the Bennewitz Quartet et al. 

Anna Magdalena Kokits devotes a lot of her time to contemporary music, and has cooperated closely with composers such as Richard Dünser, Tomasz Skweres, Helmut Schmidinger, Thomas Larcher, Christoph Renhart and Lukas Haselböck. In addition, she is particularly interested in rediscovering lesser-known or forgotten repertoire – at present, she is working on the premiere recording of the complete piano works of Ernst Toch (1887-1964) and a CD of chamber pieces by Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996).

Ms. Kokits’s appearance is co-sponsored by Conrad Grebel University College and the Embassy of Austria in Ottawa. Photo of Ms. Kokits by Nancy Horowitz.

More information about Anna Magdalena Kokits, and details about her cross-Canada tour are featured on this Article in Ottawa Citizen.


One Sky Festival @ REN
Sep 30 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 am


Welcome to the new One Sky Festival, formerly the East Asian Festival. 

Come and enjoy vibrant performances, fun and interactive booths, and taste delicious food as we celebrate the Chinese, Islamic, Japanese, and Korean cultures.

Family and friends can enjoy face painting, writing their names in calligraphy, trying on traditional costumes and clothing of the featured countries.

Don’t forget to visit the prize table for your chance to win!

The Festival raises funds for the growth and promotion of Renison University College’s East Asian Studies and Studies in Islam programs.

Visit the prize table!

Prizes from:

Bench Craft Leather
Dutch Mill Flowers

Kitchener Golf
KW Symphony

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
Renison University College

Traces Screen Printing
University of Waterloo


Located in the Renison Atrium

11:00 AM
Entertainment begins


Gold Level

Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China

Consulate-General of Japan

Consulate-General of the Republic of Korea

Consulate-General of the Republic of Indonesia


Silver Level

Keiko Belair

​Wendy L. Fletcher Originals

Bronze Level

Event Committee


Kofi Campbell
Karrie Cornies
Young Gon Kim

Kumiko Kunizane
Yan Li
Laura McKenzie

Idrisa Pandit
Fumie Shimoda
Jeff Wilson

Staff Support

Caroline Tanswell

Tracey Antonio

Brendon Bedford

Annual General Meeting @ CGR
Sep 30 @ 4:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Members of the public are invited to Grebel’s Annual General Meeting from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the Great Hall. This is a good opportunity to learn about the activity at Grebel this past year.

’85-’95 Era Reunion
Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Join hosts Shirley Grove ’92 and Steve (Berg) Martin ’88 on Saturday, September 30th in the John E. Toews Atrium at Conrad Grebel University College from 6:00 pm to late! 

Meet Grebel’s new president – Marcus Shantz, class of ’95!

Hot hors d’oeuvres, beverages and cash bar. Live jazz music provided by Al Armstrong ’94.

Tickets are  $25.00.

Please register via the UW Reunion site.

Or contact Alison Enns at or 519-885-0220 x24217 for more info.

If you have any memorabilia to contribute to the display (which will be returned to you at the end of the evening), please let us know.

RSVPs collected so far: Marcus Shantz ’95, Al Armstrong ’94, Ken Grove ’87 (Winnipeg), Fred Martin ’87, Barry Hills ’96, Gordon Reusing ’89, Anita Fieguth ’92, David Willms ’94, Julie Snyder-Penner ’91, Russel Snyder-Penner ’89, Laureen Harder-Gissing ’91, Jane Kuepfer ’92, JD Kuepfer ’93, Wendy (Ueberschlag) Priebe ’85, Carol Berkhout ’95 (David Augustyn), Paul Heidebrecht ’94, David Switzer ’94, John Marshall ’85, Shirley Grove ’92, Mary Brubaker-Zehr ’85, Steve (Berg) Martin ’88, Gloria and Duane Eby, John and Esther Fast, Carmen Brubacher ’94, Marta (Longacre) vanZanten ’90, Wendy Cressman Zehr ’89 (Don Zehr), Yvonne Kaethler ’95, Karyn Mierau-Flaming ’98, Catherine Manning ’91, Gartha Frazer ’92, Scott Beech ’88, Paul Fieguth ’91, Ted Harms ’94, Roger Kehl ’92, Heather (Hoover) Kehl ’91, Cindy Lebold ’87, Allen Pengelly ’97, Jeanette Sears ’92, Kevin Smith ’94.

Noon Hour Concert: Duo Percussion
Oct 4 @ 12:30 pm – 12:30 pm

Nominated in 2014 for “Best Percussion Ensemble” by DRUM! Magazine, Duo Percussion is a professional percussion pairing known for their eclectic and high-energy performances. Founded by Brennan Connolly and Dave Robilliard, Duo Percussion is dedicated to expanding the percussion duo repertoire and attracting new audiences by performing diverse and entertaining programs of classical and contemporary percussion music. They are committed to musical excellence and have a passion for fostering creativity.

Duo Percussion will present a high-energy and eclectic percussion program featuring classical and contemporary repertoire. From the marimba and vibraphone, to congas, to clapping their hands, Duo’s diverse program will cover the broad spectrum of the percussion palette and expose audiences to new ideas and sounds.

Duo Percussion website

Book Launch: Later Writings of the Swiss Anabaptists, 1529-1592 @ CGR
Oct 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies (IAMS) and Conrad Grebel University College invite you to celebrate the launch of Later Writings of the Swiss Anabaptists, 1529-1592, edited by former Grebel professor C. Arnold Snyder.

From the Publisher:

The story of Anabaptist origins in Switzerland is well known. By contrast, the life and thought of the Anabaptists who continued to live in Switzerland over the last two-thirds of the sixteenth century has remained in relative obscurity. One reason for this is that Swiss Anabaptists after 1530 communicated their ideas by circulating handwritten writings rather than by printing books. The primary historical sources relating to later Swiss Anabaptism are thus hand written manuscripts that must be located and read in local archives. This present volume contains a selection of writings that were being copied and circulated among the later Anabaptists in Switzerland. The text that dominates the present collection, both in terms of length and complexity, is the massive 466-page Codex 628, copied in 1590 and containing a wide sampling of material considered significant by the Swiss Anabaptists at the end of the century. Readers of this volume thus have the opportunity to peruse, in translation, significant archival holdings that document the development of Swiss Anabaptist thought over the length of the sixteenth century. These writings reveal a maturing religious and social movement, whose members continued to reflect biblically on their call to discipleship, all the while living in a world that designated all adult baptizers heretics and disobedient, dangerous citizens.

Pandora Press website

Earning a Degree with ADHD: A unique event about succeeding at university and life, with comedian Rick Green @ Theatre of the Arts, ML
Oct 17 @ 4:30 pm – 4:30 pm

In this unique event, discover powerful tools that help with memory, time management, clutter, restlessness, distractions, studying, energy levels, and sleep.

As part of Invisible Disabilities Week, Renison University College and the University of Waterloo’s Student Success Office presents this unique event with comedian and Waterloo/Renison alumnus, Rick Green (B.Sc. ’75).

Through humour and scientific information, Rick Green will share tips, tricks, and knowledge for post-secondary success and life as an adult with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).



In his late 40s, Rick was diagnosed with ADHD. This made a lot of sense as he began to learn what the symptoms of ADHD are. He could see the signs of ADHD as he looked back over his life and time at university. Though he graduated with a degree from Waterloo, it was a rough road at times. Rick wishes he’d received this diagnosis sooner so that he could have treated and mastered his ADHD, making it work for him rather than against him.

Join Rick as he shares both his journey and cutting-edge, scientific research from medical experts on the subject of ADHD.

In this event:

Find out about the symptoms and science of ADHD in adults

Learn strategies and tricks to overcome procrastination and ‘overwhelm’

Discover how to turn ADHD traits into potential ‘superpowers’ to succeed in life

For more information or questions about this event, please contact Brendon Bedford.

Rick Green is a Distinguished Alumnus of Renison University College and a University of Waterloo Science Alumnus of Honour (B.Sc. ’75). Rick has worked in comedy, television, and film throughout most of his career and was the co-creator of Canada’s longest running comedy series, The Red Green Show. He has also created award winning documentaries on the subject of ADHD.

For his work on education and advocacy around ADHD, Rick has received numerous honours, including being appointed a Member of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario. He was also presented with the Transforming Lives Award by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Rick Green operates the website

Taste of Grebel
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Friends and family of Grebel residents and associates are invited to share the day with us. We are planning a host of activities and events that will give you a sample of the student experience at Grebel. This, of course, include a great meal and an opportunity to connect with students, staff and faculty.

The Benjamin Eby Lecture with Reina Neufeldt @ CGR
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Good intentions. Good ends. Failure. People usually assume peacebuilding is morally good because well-intentioned people are pursuing good ends.   Likewise, reconciliation. But, what happens when the moral values that drive peacebuilding become a problem?  

Reina Neufeldt explores how moral and ethical claims that are intrinsic to peacebuilding can contribute to failure and can be part of transformational engagement in her lecture titled, ‘When Good Intentions are not Enough: Confronting Ethical Challenges in Peacebuilding and Reconciliation.’ Join us on October 26th in the Chapel.

The Benjamin Eby Lecture is an annual lecture that presents the research of a faculty member at Conrad Grebel University College. It is named after Benjamin Eby (1785-1853), an early educator and Mennonite church leader in Waterloo County.

Reina Neufeldt’s research interests include the ethics of peacebuilding, civil society peacebuilding, the relationship between peacebuilding and development, ethno-national conflict, reflective practice, monitoring and evaluation.  She has worked with a number of nongovernmental organizations on peacebuilding, including Catholic Relief Services and Mennonite Central Committee.  Dr. Neufeldt is currently an advisory board member for the Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium (PEC) and serves on Project Ploughshares’ governing committee.  A professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on research, ethics, development and peacebuilding, as well as music, peace and conflict, and the quest for peace in literature and film.

Presidential Installation Service @ HH
Oct 29 @ 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Marcus Shantz will serve as Conrad Grebel University College’s eighth president, taking office October 1, 2017.

Grebel invites the public to a Presidential Installation service on Sunday, October 29th, at the Humanities Theatre.

Shantz embodies a vision for an innovative partnership between the College, the University of Waterloo, the Mennonite church, and the local community. He is a well-respected leader in the Region of Waterloo in his current role as president of Mercedes Corp., a property management company based in St. Jacobs, Ontario. As a civic leader, Shantz has been board chair of Centre-in-the-Square and Silver Lake Mennonite Camp, and has served on the boards of Ten Thousand Villages and Conrad Grebel University College.  He has held leadership roles at Rockway Mennonite Church and Mennonite World Conference. 

Learn more about Marcus.

Vancouver Alumni Reunion
Nov 2 @ 4:30 pm – 4:30 pm

H2 Rotisserie & Bar (The Westin Bayshore)

Connect with old friends and hear what’s new and exciting at Grebel from Fred Martin ’87, Director of Advancement. Win some Grebel swag!

We will have complimentary appetizers and a cash bar available.

Please email Alison Enns at with your name and others that wish to attend.

Distinguished Alumni Award Concert with Amanda Kind @ CGR
Nov 9 all-day

Since graduating from the University of Waterloo just over a decade ago, Amanda Kind (BA ’06) has grown into an inspirational leader for young performers in her community. In recognition of her generous and dedicated service, Conrad Grebel University College has named Amanda the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Service Award winner.

Amanda will perform at Grebel on November 9.

Spirituality and Aging Seminar: The Need for a Spiritual Revolution in Residential Care @ CGR
Nov 17 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

The Need for a Spiritual Revolution in Residential Care

Presented by Kristine Theurer, MA (Gerontology), PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia

How do we engage community in meeting spiritual needs? How do we continue to have meaningful friendships/relationships into old age, and what structures might support that, in our churches, in retirement communities and in long term care? The purpose of this seminar is to engage attendees in an interactive exploration of a new spiritual approach to psychosocial care within residential care (including long-term care homes, assisted living, and retirement homes)

8:30 Registration
9:00 Welcome and Introductions
9:30 Morning Session Part I
10:20 (Break)
11:00 Morning Session continued
11:45 Lunch
1:00 Afternoon Session
3:30 Conclusion


Seminar DetailsRegister Now

Register online or call 519-885-0220 x 24264
Registration Fee: $50 ($25 for students and seniors)
Personal cheque or credit card accepted.

Across the Creek Alumni – Doon Lantern Light Tour
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Doon by Lantern Light Guided Tour

Join Grebel Alumni and Friends for a special Across-the-Creek event at Doon Heritage Village in Kitchener.

From the Waterloo Regional Museum’s website: ‘Step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in the early 20th century. Enjoy a guided lantern lit walking tour of the village and a carol concert in the church. Seasonal clothing recommended. Lantern Tours include a Christmas interpretation in three of the village buildings, a horse drawn wagon ride and a carol sing in the historic Freeport Church.’

If you’ve never attended this event at Doon before, it’s probably because it sells out every year in September, very soon after tickets go on sale. It’s a wonderful way to start the Christmas season while learning a little history.

Family friendly! Limited tickets available for College Alumni.

Please contact Alison Enns for tickets. 519-885-0220 x24217

The Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference @ CGR
Feb 9 – Feb 11 all-day

The Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship (ICPF) conference began in 1948 at Goshen College and represents the peace societies and other peace and justice interested students of Mennonite and affiliated colleges/universities in Canada and the United States. Each year, students organize and host a rotating conference that brings students together to learn from their diverse university experiences.

The February 9-11, 2018 conference hopes to engage not only students, but also members from the surrounding community on the topic of Restorative Justice.

Rodney and Lorna Sawatsky Visiting Scholar Lecture @ CGR
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Grebel is pleased to welcome Don E. Saliers as the 2018 Rodney and Lorna Sawatsky Visiting Scholar. Don will offer a public lecture on Thursday, February 15th.

Dr. Don E. Saliers is a Theologian-in-Residence at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. For many years he directed the Master of Sacred Music program at Emory, and was an organist and choirmaster at Cannon Chapel for 35 years. Before joining the Candler faculty in 1974, Saliers taught at Yale Divinity School, and has taught in summer programs at Notre Dame, Boston College, Vancouver School of Theology, St. John’s University, and Boston University School of Theology.

An accomplished musician, theologian and scholar of liturgics, Saliers is the author of 15 books on the relationship between theology and worship practices, as well as more than 150 articles, essays, chapters in books and book reviews. He co-authored A Song to Sing, a Life to Live with his daughter Emily Saliers, a member of the Indigo Girls.

Saliers sits on the editorial board of Worship, Weavings, and Spiritus journals, and is involved in the development of United Methodist worship resources. He has served as president of the North American Academy of Liturgy and the Society for the Study of Christian Religion, and helped found the Academy for Spiritual Formation.

Bechtel Lecture in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies @ CGR
Mar 1 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

David Weaver-Zercher is the guest lecturer for the 2017-18 Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies. His lecture will focus on the social history of the Martyrs Mirror. David will also take part in a panel discussion on Amish, Mennonites, and the media.

David is currently a professor of American religious history at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. His writing is focused on portrayals of the Amish from an outsider’s perspective. His publications include, The Amish in the American Imagination (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001); Writing the Amish: The Worlds of John A. Hostetler (Penn State University Press, 2005); and a coedited volume with Diane Zimmerman Umble, The Amish and the Media (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).

Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies

The Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies were established in 2000 through the generosity of Lester Bechtel. As a devoted churchman with an active interest in Mennonite history, Lester’s dream was to make the academic world of research and study accessible to a broader constituency and to build bridges of understanding between the academy and the church. This lecture series provides a forum through which the core meaning and values of the Anabaptist-Mennonite faith and heritage might be communicated to a diverse audience and be kept relevant and connected to the rapidly changing world of our day.

The Bechtel Lectures provide the opportunity for representatives of a variety of disciplines and professions to explore topics that reflect the breadth and depth of Mennonite history, identity, faith and culture. Conrad Grebel University College is pleased to host this annual event.

Alumni Trip to Costa Rica
Mar 9 – Mar 17 all-day

Join fellow Grebel Alumni on an EcoTeach trip to Costa Rica: March 9 – 17, 2018.

With Grebel Alum Deb Smucker ’87 as your EcoTeach liaison, travel to San Jose, Monteverde, Arenal, Atenas and the Pacific Coast. This is an amazing opportunity to travel with friends from Grebel and connect with alumni who have first hand experience with Costa Rica, its history, the sights, the wildlife and its people.

See the link for details about this exciting trip and more info about EcoTeach. The dates are during March Break, 2018.  The price of $1,595 USD includes all in-country expenses (meals, travel and accommodation) but not air fare.

If you are interested in hearing more about Costa Rica and this trip please contact Fred W. Martin, Director of Advancement at Grebel 

Here’s a quote from EcoTeach:

Experience the Pura Vida of Costa Rica!

EcoTeach’s ecological and cultural expeditions are unlike any other.

Sure, you’ll have unforgettable adventures. You might encounter volcanoes, raft on rivers, trek through rainforests, fly on zip lines high above the canopy, and meet monkeys, sloths, and birds of every color. But you’ll also have rich cultural and environmental encounters: you may help protect endangered sea turtles and their hatchlings, accept the hospitality of a local farming family, and work with local environmentalists on projects to protect the delicate balance of some of the world’s richest ecologies.