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Snowden Lecturer discusses research of Amish women Sept. 22

Sep 18th, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page, News

From E-town NOW While researching Deitsch, the language spoken by the Amish, Karen Johnson-Weiner discovered a new research interest – the lives of Amish women. She isn’t exploring how they are different from mainstream women nor how they are the same but simply how they are and who they are. “I began my work with interest in their language,” said Johnson-Weiner, the 2015 Snowden Fellow at Elizabethtown College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. “I interviewed teachers; most of their teachers are women. I went out to talk to the women in their homes.” By watching the women’s interactions[Read more...]

Activist side of Mister Rogers discussed Sept. 16

Sep 3rd, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page, News

Although Mr. Rogers was often viewed as soft, easy-going, sentimental and, perhaps, even spineless, Elizabethtown College’s Dr. Michael Long argues that Fred Rogers was, in fact, a countercultural visionary on issues surrounding war, peacemaking, race, poverty and more. Long, director of the College’s Peace and Conflict Studies, revisits the legacy of Fred Rogers — Presbyterian minister, songwriter, author, educator, television host and creator of Mister Rogers Neighborhood – in “Mr. Rogers, Button-Down Sweaters and Social Change,” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the Musser Auditorium of the College’s Leffler Chapel and Performance Center. Long is author of the recently[Read more...]

Immersion journalist shares a ‘view from the ground’ as BWH scholar-in-residence

Sep 1st, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page, News

Originally appeared in Etown NOW. When Maggie Messitt writes a story, she’s not just a background observer, sharing information that floats to the surface when poked. Instead, she becomes a part of the narrative, a sliver of the tale. Messitt is an immersion journalist and knows firsthand of the scenarios of which she writes, connecting the audience to the narrative through vivid visuals and emotion. An immersion journalist from World War II described the genre as “the view from the ground.” This fall, Messitt will share this ground view as the Bowers Writers House Scholar-in-Residence at Elizabethtown College where she[Read more...]

Art exhibit at Etown College

Aug 27th, 2015 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

Originally published in E-Town NOW. Some artists are all about the finished product, about stepping back and taking in their creation. Others, like Elaina Posey, revel in the process of creating. They find a nugget of inspiration, put in their time in front of the canvas and, then, they move on to their next piece of work with little reflection on the past. “That’s why I like to work in acrylic,” the artist said in a phone interview from her home in Lancaster. “It’s about mark making. There’s an immediate response. I don’t spend a lot of time reflecting. …[Read more...]

Summer Writers Experience exposes teens to creative life

Jun 12th, 2015 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

From E-town NOW Throughout the summer, Elizabethtown College’s Bowers Writers House provides an opportunity for teens, who have a thirst for writing and creativity, to join in conversations with those whose vocation and avocation center on just that. Jesse Waters, Writers House director, assembled professional writers in a variety of genre to take part in the Summer Writers Experience—free, casual craft talks and workshops that offer “14 to 17 year olds a creative outlet and interesting activities.” Teens, who are exploring the creative world and might be considering their educational future, can interact with published writers to hear their stories[Read more...]

All Abuzz About E-town’s Bees

May 6th, 2015 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

From E-town NOW It was one of those off-the-cuff ideas that had Elizabethtown College Dining Services buzzing this spring. “Charlie saw something in the Merchandiser about a free beekeeping class,” said Eric Turzai, director of Dining Services. He was referencing Charlie Downs, residential dining chef, and a six-hour introduction to the habits and lives of the fuzzy little honey producers. “We were amazed at what bees do and the reasons for them,” Turzai said, after he and Downs took the class last February. But they sort of forgot about the bees until another coworker, Chris Bowers, attended this winter’s class.[Read more...]

Hope is Like a Path — Pulitzer Prize-Winner speaks at E-town April 13

Mar 20th, 2015 | By | Category: Front Page, News

From E-town NOW Not only has Nicholas D. Kristof made a difference in the world as a reporter with the New York Times since 1984 and an op-ed columnist since 2001, he also is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his coverage of Tiananmen Square and the genocide in Darfur. In addition, PBS recently aired a three-part series, based on the book “A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity,” written last year by Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn. The book specifically focuses on how to make a difference on attainable levels. At 7:30 Monday, April 13, Kristof visits Elizabethtown[Read more...]

New book shows Mr. Rogers as quiet political pacifist

Mar 20th, 2015 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

From E-town NOW When you conjure memories of “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” flashing gently on your TV screen, remembering visits from the Queen, Trolley, Daniel Tiger and Officer Clemmons, you probably aren’t thinking about the bold political and social statements made in many of the programs. But, Fred Rogers, in his soft signature cardigan, was one of the most radical pacifists of modern history. In his new book, “Peaceful Neighbor: Discovering the Countercultural Mister Rogers,” released March 13, Michael Long, associate professor of religious studies and director of Elizabethtown College’s peace and conflict studies, explores a level of Fred Rogers that[Read more...]

Don Kraybill announces June retirement

Feb 24th, 2015 | By | Category: Lead Article, News

This article originally appeared in E-town NOW Donald B. “Don” Kraybill, known worldwide as the foremost expert on Amish culture is teaching his last classes at Elizabethtown College this semester. Kraybill retires at the end of June. The Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow at the College’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies teaches in the Sociology and Religious Studies departments. He will give his last major address at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 20 at the College’s Scholarship and Creative Arts Days. Kraybill started at Elizabethtown College in 1971 as an assistant professor of sociology. He has served as[Read more...]

All-Norwegian ‘Nordic Voices’ performs Feb. 14

Feb 2nd, 2015 | By | Category: Lead Article, News

From E-Town NOW It’s been a half a dozen or more years since Carl Kane, artistic coordinator for Gretna Music at Elizabethtown College, first heard the unique sound of Nordic Voices. He remembers being immediately impressed. “It’s a how-do-they-do-that-with-their-voices type of sound,” Kane said the of the ensemble’s wide range of techniques, from ordinary classical sounds to Mongolian overtone singing. “It’s contemporary Norwegian mixed with medieval standards. The frisson between the two is fascinating.” Nordic Voices, an a cappella sextet, that the Washington Post calls ‘mesmerizing,’ brings a compelling program of renaissance and medieval motets and modern masterpieces to Leffler[Read more...]