Canton author and renowned expert on the Amish, Dr. Karen Johnson-Weiner, draws on her 35 years of fieldwork in Amish communities and her correspondence with Amish women to consider how religiously defined roles of Amish women have changed - in particular, looking at women’s lives and activities at different ages and in different communities.
We have invited Dr. Johnson-Weiner to join us for a discussion about the lives of Amish women. There will be a brief introduction, followed by an audience-led Q&A. If you would like to read The Lives of Amish Women before this event, you can purchase it at https://tauny-folkstore.myshopify.com/collections/books/products/lives-of-amish-women-karen-johnson-werner-canton-ny. You are also welcome to come with whatever questions you have without reading the book in advance.
Karen Johnson-Weiner: Karen is a Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology Emerita at SUNY Potsdam in Potsdam, NY, where she taught courses in linguistic anthropology. She received a B.A. in 1975 from Hope College (Holland, MI) and an M.A. from Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI) in 1976. She earned her Ph.D. in linguistics from McGill University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) in 1984 and has been studying patterns of language use and cultural maintenance in Amish and Mennonite communities for over 30 years.
Her publications include but are not limited to: “New York Amish: Life in the Plain Communities of the Empire State (2010)”, “The Lives of Amish Women (2020)”, and “All About The Amish (2021)”.