Schrag Lecture 2022
The 2022 Schrag Lecture was held on March 31, 2022 at 7:00pm in Martin Commons with a dessert reception and panel discussion.
The lecture was given by author Marie Mutsuki Mockett.
About The Lecture
“On Loving Our Enemies”
America today seems like an increasingly divided place—politically, economically, religiously, culturally. In this moment, what does it mean to build bridges and love our enemies? In this lecture, author Marie Mutsuki Mockett answered this question by drawing on the lessons she learned while writing her book, American Harvest, which follows a group of Brethren in Christ–connected wheat harvesters across the American heartland.
Panel Discussion and Q&A
After the lecture, Mockett interviewed members of the Wolgemuth family, whom she profiled in American Harvest. A time for audience Q&A followed.
About The Lecturer
Marie Mutsuki Mockett, a writer of fiction and nonfiction, was born to an American father and Japanese mother. Her most recent book, “American Harvest: God, Country and Farming in the Heartland” (Graywolf), follows Mockett’s journey through seven heartland states in the company of evangelical Christian harvesters, some with ties to the Brethren in Christ Church. The book examines the role of GMOs, God, agriculture, and race in society, and won the 2021 Northern Californian Book Award for General Nonfiction. Mockett’s memoir, “Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye” (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015), examines grief against the backdrop of the 2011 Great East Earthquake in Japan and was a finalist for the 2016 PEN Open Book Award, the Indies Choice Best Book for Nonfiction and the Northern California Book Award for Creative Nonfiction. Mockett lives in San Francisco with her family.