Midwinter Lecture Series

“Leading Goshen College: Thoughts from President Stoltzfus”

Rebecca Stoltzfus

Class begins 1/29/2020, ends 1/29/2020

January 29
1:30-2:30 pm at Greencroft Community Center, Jennings Auditorium

Some say that being a college president is the hardest leadership job around. President Rebecca Stoltzfus, the 18th president of Goshen College, will speak about what fuels her passion for leading GC at this time, along...

“Race: A (White) Construct”

Nekeisha Alayna Alexis

Class begins 2/5/2020, ends 2/5/2020

February 5
1:30-2:30 pm at Greencroft Community Center, Jennings Auditorium

“Whatever white people do not know about Negroes reveals, precisely and inexorably, what they do not know about themselves.” ⁠- James Baldwin, 1969. The idea that multiple, distinct, races exist is a way of explaining...

“Horizon. Education. Alliance. Three words to transform Elkhart County”

Brian Wiebe

Class begins 2/12/2020, ends 2/12/2020

February 12
1:30-2:30 pm at Greencroft Community Center, Jennings Auditorium

Horizon Education Alliance (HEA) was founded in 2012 to build on an idea that had been percolating in Elkhart County for many years: working together, the business community and the education community could help make this...

“The Mennonite and the Saint”

Glen E. Miller

Class begins 2/19/2020, ends 2/19/2020

February 19
1:30-2:30 pm at Greencroft Community Center, Jennings Auditorium

Over the seven years (1990-1997) Marilyn and I were in Calcutta, I met Mother Teresa more than twenty-five times.  The common work of the Missionaries of Charity and Mennonite Central Committee in helping the poor of...

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Puerto Rican Culture, a Mix of Wheat Flour, Coffee Grinds and Cocoa Powder

Jose Ortiz

Class begins 3/3/2020, ends 3/12/2020

March 3, 5, 10, 12 | 2-3:30 p.m.
Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center

We will survey the life, culture, and schooling of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, which flies two flags and has two national hymns! Close to 35 percent of these U.S. citizens lodged in the Caribbean Sea are bilingual...

Know the Show Before You Go: Shakespeare’s Cymbeline

Doug Liechty Caskey

Class begins 3/25/2020, ends 4/1/2020

March 23, 25 | 2-3:30 p.m.
March 30 | 2-3:30 p.m.
Goshen College Umble Center

April 1 | 7:30-10 p.m.
Goshen College Umble Center
(A midweek performance of the full play)

Doug Liechty Caskey, Goshen College...

The Dutch Golden Age: Mennonite to the Core

Lauren Friesen

Class begins 4/6/2020, ends 4/9/2020

April 6, 7, 8, 9 | 2-3:30 p.m.
Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center

The Dutch Golden Age was an era when the visual arts, medicine, business, education, theater, poetry, theology, and publication flourished. Mennonites were deeply engaged with all of these disciplines. This...

Our Amazing Bodies and How They Work … or Don’t

Jep Hostetler

Class begins 4/13/2020, ends 4/22/2020

April 13, 15, 20, 22 | 10-11:30 a.m.
Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center

Did you know that you have bugs in your eyelashes? Do you know how your skin repairs itself? How do bones heal? What exactly is a stroke? Are heart attacks all the same? How does the body defend itself from...

Amish Country Entrepreneur Adventure

Orley S Miller

Class begins 4/16/2020, ends 4/16/2020

April 16 | 8:30-4 p.m. (day trip)
Meet at Greencroft Community Center north entrance

Come along on a trip through Amish country and step off the bus at various Amish businesses: a buggy shop, a casket maker, a toymaker, a chime maker, a leather shop and to visit an Amish school! We’ll have a...

Wildflower Adventures

John and Joann Smith

Class begins 4/28/2020, ends 4/30/2020

April 28 | 1-4 p.m.
April 30; May 5, 7 | 1-4 p.m. field trip
(May 8 — rain date)
Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center

The Smiths have been identifying, photographing, and keeping inventories of native wildflowers in local parks and...

The Proper Sendoff: A Guide to Writing Obituaries (Even Your Own)

Duane Stoltzfus

Class begins 5/11/2020, ends 5/20/2020

May 11, 13, 18, 20 | 10-11:30 a.m.
Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center

Some of the most inspiring, informative and entertaining stories are to be found in the obituary section—or used to be. There are so many lives worth celebrating, but fewer journalists devote time to writing...

May 27, 29; June 1, 3 | 10-11:30 a.m.
Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center

The twelve prophets we call “minor”—because their books are shorter—worked in the most turbulent times of Israel’s history. Imperial powers, from what is now Iraq and Iran, posed overwhelming...