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Centennial Histories Symposium

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Mennonite School Seals

Registration deadline is February 23!

What can we learn from our history?  Join us as an elite group of panelists consisting of former presidents and historians from EMU, Goshen, Hesston, Bluffton, and Bethel explore this question.

In the thirty years between 1887 and 1917, Mennonite groups in the United States founded what are today the five schools associated with Mennonite Church, USA: Bethel College (1887), Goshen College (1893), Bluffton University (1899), Hesston College (1908), and Eastern Mennonite University (1917). As part of the centennial celebration of the youngest of these schools, EMU, this symposium will investigate the first centuries of these five schools by pulling together the authors of each of their centennial histories. The goal is to create a “Usable Past” - to use the experiences of the previous century to help guide Mennonite higher education through the challenges and opportunities of the next century.

 Sessions with the authors will run all day on Saturday, March 24 in Lehman Auditorium on the campus of Eastern Mennonite University. Comment will be provided by a panel of former Mennonite college and university presidents and by current faculty members and students. All are welcome to join in what promises to be a dynamic discussion of the past and future of  Mennonite higher education.

 To register, please complete this online form Contact Barbara Byer at if you have any questions.  Registration deadline is February 23! 

Download the poster for the Centennial Histories Symposium.

The day's itinerary (updated 1/29/2018, info is subject to change)

 Time  Event  Location

 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

 Registration  Lehman Auditorium

 8:30 a.m.

 Session I  Lehman Auditorium

 10:00 a.m.

 Break  Campus Center 

 10:30 a.m.

 Session II  Lehman Auditorium

 12:00 p.m.

 Lunch Main Dining Room

 3:00 p.m.

 Break-Out Discussion Sessions  University Commons

 6:00 p.m.

 Dinner  Campus Center

 7:00 p.m.

 Session III Lehman Auditorium

9:00 p.m.

Closing Reception Campus Center


A block of rooms have been reserved at the Hampton Inn University Hotel until February 23.  Please contact Barbara Byer if you have any questions.  Arrangements will be made for visiting students to stay in the dorms with EMU students.