|Monday, Feb. 22
Howe Atrium, Boyer Hall | 3:45–4:30 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks by Bernardo A. Michael, director, Center for
Public Humanities (4:20 p.m.)
Exhibit: “Messiah College’s First 100 Years — An Exhibition”
BIC Historical Library and Archives (lower level of the Library)
open from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. during the Symposium.
Exhibits: “Bygone Times and Bedrock” and “Grantham’s
Oakes Museum of Natural History
open every day of the symposium from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Andrew Henry, Dr. David Pettegrew, Advisor (History)
Thematically, these exhibits are designed to show how Messiah’s campus has
changed over the decades, introduce some fascinating artifacts, and provide
little-known facts about the rock formations beneath Messiah College.
Exhibit: “Celebrating Messiah’s Multicultural Century”
Fireplace Alcove, Larsen Student Union, as well as posters and
Based on personal interviews and archival research, this exhibit helps the campus
and extended community to better understand the history and stories of Messiah
College’s alumni of color.
Student Colloquia: “Remembering Messiah College, 1940–1990
—An Oral History”
Boyer Hall 131 | 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Elizabeth Kay and Miriam Fiorentino, Dr. James LaGrand, Advisor (History)
Individuals who attended Messiah College from the 1940s to the
be interviewed about their social experiences, particularly their most prominent
memories of this aspect of student life. In
addition to exploring the process
of cognitive memory (why some events are remembered more than others),
Elizabeth Kay and Miriam Fiorentino will also address the challenges, opportunities,
rewards that come with collecting oral history and preserving memory
Student Colloquia: “Memories Entrenched: Reflections on
Archaeological Fieldwork in Cyprus, June 2009”
Boyer Hall 131 | 5:15 – 6 p.m.
Caitlin Babcock, Rebecca Savaria, Rachel Skotnicki, Courtney Weller, Dr. David
Pettegrew, Advisor (History)
Concurrent Faculty Lecture Series: “How Memory Flirts
Boyer Hall 131 | 7–7:45 p.m.
Dr. Larry Lake (English), Elrena C. Evans
Writer Elrena Evans is the author of an essay in the Random House anthology
Twenty Something Essays by Twenty Something Writers
and is coeditor of Mama,
Ph.D., a set of essays by women about family and education. Evans will read from
her work and discuss the difficulties inherent in writing personal essays, especially
the challenges of selecting facts that may be difficult for friends and family
She has a particular interest in the role of memories in all writing.
Concurrent Faculty Lecture Series: “Poetry and Memory”
Boyer Hall 131 | 7:45 – 8:30 p.m.
Dr. Matthew Roth (English)
Dr. Matthew Roth will read poems (mostly his own) that specifically address
memory. This is a common theme in his work and for most poetry since the
Concurrent Faculty Lecture Series: “Revolution in Stained
Glass: American Theology and Memory at the Washington
Memorial Chapel in Valley Forge”
Boyer Hall 134 | 7–7:45 p.m.
Professor Matthew Hunter (Biblical Studies /Agapé Center)
The Memorial Chapel is a functional Episcopal parish and a shrine to George
Washington and early American heroes. Professor Hunter will discuss American
Civil Religion as a “liberation theology for the Liberated” and the ongoing process
and importance of memory construction at this church. Of particular importance
are renewal rituals, the sanitization of violence in the collective memory, the progressive
politics of inclusion (especially for women and African and Native Americans),
and the attempt to form a national community of consensus at the Chapel.
Concurrent Faculty Lecture Series: “Making Sense of Memories:
Messiah’s Centennial, Latin American Dictators, Scrapbooking, and
Boyer Hall 134 | 7:45–8:30 p.m.
Dr. Sheila Kraybill Rodriguez (Modern Languages)
How could these topics possibly be related? Our memory of an event is like a
snapshot, capturing and freezing a specific moment in a particular light. To
explore how events are framed, some photos from the recent Mexico Cross
Cultural Course will be examined. Historical examples from the Spanish Conquest
and Nicaraguan Revolution illustrate how historical memory can be controlled,
framed, or even distorted. Finally, in Messiah’s celebration of history and the
search for ways to frame its future, we should ask, “Who’s in the picture?”
Film: “Remembering Montgomery”
Boyer 137 (Parmer Cinema) | 9 p.m.
Dr. Robin Lauermann (Politics), Reconciliation House/Dr. Richard Crane (BRS),
Rev. Nathaniel Gadsden, Civil Rights Activist
The HBO film “Boycott” offers a creative dramatization of the 1955 Montgomery
Bus Boycott, usually considered the birth of the Civil Rights Movement. This film
enables viewers to explore the ways which Americans remember the Civil Rights
Movement. Our collective memory of these events has transformed — and continues
to transform — the ways we view historical and contemporary racial differences
in our society. Unlike documentaries, this movie, based upon Stewart Burn’s Daybreak of Freedom, focuses on the personal and collective actions and internal
struggles of the leaders of this pivotal event in our history. Discussion will follow
with the Rev. Nathaniel Gadsden, who participated in the Civil Rights Movement
Tuesday, Feb. 23
Faculty-Student Colloquia: “Remembering Seems Wise”
Boyer Hall 131 | 4–4:45 p.m.
Dr. Jean Corey (English) and Students of Ethnic Literature class
Author Toni Morrison explains that when the Mississippi River floods, it is “in fact
not flooding; it is remembering. Remembering where it used to be…and is forever
trying to get back to where it was.” Morrison goes on to compare this same impulse
to writers, “remembering where we were, what valley we ran through, what
the banks were like, the light
that was there and the route back to our original
place. It is emotional memory—what the nerves and the skin remember as well as
how it appeared. And a rush of imagination is our flooding.” A panel of students
will explore the intersection of memory and imagination in the work of several
contemporary authors from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and the ways
their texts complicate, revise, and expand our notions of memory, lament, community,
Faculty-Student Colloquia: “The Risks of Memory:
How Memoirs can be Dangerous”
Boyer Hall 131 | 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Dr. Larry Lake (English) and Students
Memoir as an art form attempts to capture personal history and
present it clearly,
yet is challenged by the inherent risks of violating personal
and family privacy,
misrepresentation of the contexts of previous
actions, and the blurring effects of
time and distance. Three students who have taken Dr. Lake’s Literary Nonfiction
Workshop will each read
a short excerpt from a personal essay and explore how
they negotiated these risks in recalling and writing this material. The discussion
will be informed by the panelists’ study of the works of
risk-taking memoirists as
Lauren Winner, Mary Karr, Kathleen Norris, Lee Martin, and Tobias Wolff.
Concurrent Faculty Lecture Series: “Memory, History, and Ancestry in the Formation of Family Identity”
Boyer Hall 131 | 7–8:30 p.m.
• “Memory Believes Before Knowing Remembers: Family Memory
Historical Knowledge when Ancestry is Lost on the American Frontier,”
Dr. Joseph P. Huffman (History)
• “‘Crushed Glass:’ Memory, History, and Identity in a South Indian
Family,” Dr. Bernardo A. Michael (History)
Memory and history are two overlapping yet distinctive means of accessing the
past. Both represent powerful ways of searching for, remembering (or forgetting),
and finding meaning in the lost events
and people of the past, yet they also have
their limitations and frustrations. Dr. Huffman and Dr. Michael seek to understand
how memory and history inform the attempt to access family ancestry and
how, in particular, the presence or absence of memory raises a host
pertaining to the enterprise of writing family histories.
They will share experiences
of loss and recovery in their attempts to trace the histories of their families in the
U.S. and southern India.
Concurrent Faculty Lecture Series: “The Memory of Social Systems”
Boyer Hall 134 | 7–7:45 p.m.
Dr. John W. Eby (Sociology)
Social systems remember. They do so by incorporating events, perceptions, and
actions into structures that live on far beyond their initiation and even long after
they are discontinued. No generation
starts with a “clean slate,” but with one
already written full with culture and social structure. Every individual is born not
only into a particular setting defined by social understandings of gender, race, ethnicity,
and religion, but also into a structure where social class and existing social
institutions define opportunity. Every institution and organization has a repertoire
of skills and inhibitions that affects its ability to resolve conflict, innovate, face
challenges, grow, etc. Even God said to “visit
the iniquity of the fathers upon the
children of the third and fourth generation.” Yet the good is passed on, too! Three
reasons why attention should be given to social memory will be discussed: to
understand, to compensate, and to reconcile.
Film-Discussion: “Missing Pieces: Memory Malfunction”
Boyer Hall 137 (Parmer Cinema) | 9 p.m.
Dr. Heather Hostler (Psychology)
The film "Memento" presents the issue of memory formation and memory loss in a fascinating context--cinematically, culturally, clinically, and behaviorally. This forum will explore memory from a psychological perspective and will ask attendees to grapple with challenging questions of identity, personhood, and meaning after viewing portions of the film. This movie is rated R for violence, language, and some drug content.
|Wednesday, Feb. 24
Faculty-Student Colloquia: “Structural Chaos: Crafting a
Memory of Adrian E. Wilson”
Boyer Hall 131 | 4–4:45 p.m.
Francis Eanes ’09 and Dan Webster ’09, Dr. Helen Walker (English)
Author James Carroll posits that “to be made in God’s image is to do this:
arrange memory and transform experience according to the structure of
narrative [because] the story is what saves us.” The chaos that results from our
memories can be controlled by words on a page. Narrative is the medium in
which Francis Eanes and Dan Webster preserved the most chaotic incident of
their lives: the death of their friend, Messiah student Adrian Wilson, in 2008.
Faculty-Student Colloquia: “Jogging the Memory: Using Social
Media and Physical Presence to Strengthen Organization-Publics Relationships,”
Boyer Hall 131 | 4:45–5:30 p.m.Dr. Nance McCown (Communication)
Memory can be fleeting, especially in light of today’s never-ending information
overload. Because of this, organizations must compete vigorously to build strong
relationships by maintaining a “top-of-mind” presence with their publics. Many
organizations are using social media as yet another avenue to reach publics, but
how effective are their efforts? Past research indicates that online efforts must be
supported by offline efforts for maximal return on investment, and that people
engage more readily in online relationship building and donating if they have
experienced an in-person connection with the organization in some way. Students
in the Fall 2009 Public Relations Campaign class researched this issue for offcampus
client CURE International. Results formed the basis for planning and
implementing a public relations campaign to launch CURE’s new child surgery
Faculty Lecture Series: “Remembering our Beginnings: The Brethren In
Christ Church and Messiah College”
Boyer Hall 131 | 7–8:30 p.m.
Dr. E. Morris Sider (History)
The College and the supporting denomination were virtually one and the same in
the earliest years. The beginning of the College was in large measure tied to the
changing cultural outlook of the supporting denomination.
"A Common Hymnal for both College and Church"
Boyer Hall 131 | Immediately following lecture.
Karen Durbin, Minister of Music and Worship, Grantham Brethren
in Christ Church
Following Dr. Sider’s lecture, attendees will sing hymns and songs from the first
hymnal of the Brethren in Christ Church with notations.
These are the same
hymns that both early students and congregants sang. Worshipping together was
part of the cultural dynamic at work in the denomination when the College began. Refreshments provided.
Film-Discussion: “Remembering Dismemberment: Colombian Stories
Boyer Hall 137 | Parmer Cinema | 9 p.m.
Dr. Kim Yunez (Modern Languages), Dr. Reid Perkins-Buzo
(Communication), Lagan Sebert and Sandra Sampayo (filmmakers)
Documentary filmmaking brings issues like that of the internally displaced
people of Colombia into the public discourse. The documentary film “Busco Personas:
The Faces of Colombia’s War” attests to the fact that towns were destroyed
and families decimated by armed groups, and it does so by featuring the voices of
the displaced. Why are there so many displaced people in Colombia? How might
people who have lost everything pass along a sense of their own history and identity
to the next generation? Filmmakers Lagan Sebert and Sandra Sampayo will be
present to talk about the process of making “Busco Personas.”
Thursday, Feb. 25
Alternate Chapel: “Remembering Through Technology”
Boyer Hall 237 | 9:45 –10:30 a.m.
Grace Park, Hannah Faye Zarate, Dr. Eugene Rohrbaugh
YouTube can be used to capture historic moments in the lives of people and
communities. The capturing of memory through technology can be a way to give
voice to communities of color. Hannah Faye Zarate and Grace Park will use their
personal stories as Asian/Pacific Islanders at Messiah College to capture how they
remember in this new age, how they have used media and YouTubing to capture
in film what is important to them, how they face racial tensions here on campus,
and how they are agents of change in racial reconciliation.
Keynote Address: “Genetics and Genealogy”
Keynote Address of the Symposium and second keynote address of the
Centennial Year | 8 – 9:15 p.m. | Brubaker Auditorium
Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.
See box below for details.
Book Signing with Dr. Gates
9:15 – 10 p.m. | Eisenhower Campus Center Commons
Friday, Feb. 26
Friday, February 26
Boyer Hall 131 | 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Talk-back session on the keynote address and the Symposium theme
panelists:, Dr. Jean Corey (English), Dr. James B. LaGrand (History), Dr. Peter
Powers (School of the Humanities), Dr. Emerson Powery (Biblical Studies), and
Dr. Paul Rego (Politics)
Monday, March 1
Student Colloqua: “Remembering Tragedy: A Comparison of
Columbine and Nickel Mines”
Boyer Hall 131 | 4-4:45 p.m.
Benjamin Voran, Dr. James LaGrand, Advisor (History)
Benjamin Voran will address how two recent school shootings — Columbine High
School (1999) and Nickel Mines Amish school (2006) — have been remembered
in markedly different ways by two very different communities. He will explore
how several factors, including religion and social class, have contributed to ways
of remembering tragedy.
Student Colloquia: “The Forgotten Presidents”
Boyer Hall 131 | 4:45-5:30 p.m. | Melinda Maslin, Tommy DeShong, Rachel
Skotnicki, Dr. James LaGrand, Advisor (History)
Which American presidents should be remembered and for what? This student
group will present the findings of their survey of Messiah College students, faculty,
and staff on these questions. They will discuss how school, documentary films,
popular non-fiction books, and various forms of popular culture have shaped how
we either remember or forget various presidents.
Faculty Lecture Series: “Messiah College’s Changing
Boyer Hall 131 | 7:00-7:45 p.m. | Dr. Paul W. Nisly (English)
As Dr. Nisly has been interviewing, researching, reflecting, and writing about
Messiah College’s last 35 to 40 years he has sensed that a “meta-theme” is the
issue of identity as the College has grown and changed. Who were we, who
are we now, what are we becoming? Size, academic climate, religious affiliation,
changes in the profile of the faculty, a more diverse student body, the five-school
structure, a challenging economic climate — all these and more affect our identity.
Faculty Lecture Series: “Messiah College’s Forgotten Landscapes”
Faculty Lecture Series | Boyer Hall 131 | 7:45-8:30 p.m.
Dr. David K. Foster (Biology and Environmental Science)
The natural history of our community and how it has shaped us will be reviewed.
This history includes geological formation of Messiah’s as well as some of the
notable non-human residents that share this location. Dr. David K. Foster will
also speak about earlier human presence in this area and how their understanding
of their place in the world shaped what we have come to call “natural.” Also
explored will be how memory of the past shapes our future and what this site will
forever reveal about our relationship to the Creator.
|Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and
Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American
Research at Harvard University
Messiah College Humanities Symposium Lecture “Genetics and Genealogy”
Feb. 25, 2010, 8 p.m. | Brubaker Auditorium, Eisenhower Campus Center
|Henry Louis Gates Jr., Ph.D., will deliver the second
keynote lecture of the Centennial year and the keynote
address for the Messiah College Humanities Symposium.
Dr. Gates is editor-in-chief of the Oxford African
American Studies Center, the first comprehensive
scholarly online resource in the field of African American
Studies and Africana Studies, and of The Root, an
online news magazine dedicated to coverage of African
American news, culture, and genealogy. In 2008, Oxford
University Press published the African American National
Biography. Co-edited with Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham,
it is an eight-volume set containing more than 4,000
biographical entries on both well known and obscure
African Americans. He is most recently the author of
In Search of Our Roots (Crown, 2009), a meditation
on genetics, genealogy, and race, and a collection of
expanded profiles featured on his PBS documentary
series, “African American Lives.” His other recent books
are America Behind the Color Line: Dialogues with African
Americans (Warner Books, 2004), and African American
Lives, co-edited with Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham (Oxford,
2004). Immediately following the lecture, audience
members are invited to attend a public book signing
by Dr. Gates in the Eisenhower Campus Center. This
event is open to the public. Seating is by ticket only; no
For tickets, call the Messiah College Ticket Office at
717-691-6036. Please visit messiah.edu/centennial for details on when tickets are available.
View a PDF of the Symposium schedule.