Anabaptism in Visual Age

Anabaptist Communicators Conference
Eastern Mennonite University
Oct 28-29, 2011

Jerry Holsopple, PhD., visual and communication arts professor at EMU, will be the plenary speaker on the theme Anabaptism in Visual Age. Holsopple is an artist, photographer and renowned videographer, who teaches photography and digital media-related courses. He spent the 2009-2010 academic year as a Fulbright scholar at LCC International University in Lithuania, has led numerous cross-cultural photography experiences and has won dozens of awards in recognition of his video, public service announcements, and websites.

A Friday evening conference banquet will feature Ted Swartz, of Ted & Company Theaterworks, on his book in progress, Laughter Is Sacred Space: The Not-so-typical Journey of a Mennonite Actor (expected release by Herald Press, spring, 2012).

Conference breakout sessions and off site visits will include:

Saturday morning will provide opportunity for viewing the new Third Way Media documentary Waging Peace and guided conversations with affinity groups (web,graphic design, writers/editors, administrators, videographers, etc).

Check out more details on the schedule.

Registration and cost

Download the registration form.

AC member: $275
Student/retiree: $70
Non-AC member: $335
One day registration: $120
*Friday night banquet only: $30

Discounts: For organizations who would like to send multiple members, after four individuals from one organization have paid the full rate, each additional member is $100.

EMU faculty, staff and students can register as part of the EMU group rate ($100 per person). Please send your name and interest in registering to in Marketing and Communications

Lodging and meals

EMU recommends out-of-town guests book lodging in the Park View area (near campus) through the EMU guest house. Phone 540-432-4280, email or visit “”

Hotels are available east of Harrisonburg, about a 15-minute drive from campus. See

Meals will be in the EMU dining hall. Friday night’s banquet will be catered in the Eastern Mennonite Seminary Martin Chapel. Friday lunch, the Friday banquet and Saturday continental braekfast as well as coffee breaks are included in the registration fee. Breakfast on Friday and lunch on Saturday are on your own.

Planning committee members include EMU Marketing/Communications staff Andrea Schrock Wenger (chair), Bonnie Price Lofton and Heidi Muller as well as Holsopple. Off-campus committee members include Jon Trotter (Virginia Mennonite Conference and Anabaptist Communicators board member) as well as a representative from MennoMedia (Sheri Hartzler). Additionally, a number of local folks with long-time ties to Anabaptist Communicators will offer input and suggestions as planning progresses.

Contact us

Questions about registation? Contact , Anabaptist Communicators staff person.
Questions about program? Contact Andrea Wenger at EMU.