|Philip Deloria will deliver the 2014 American Democracy Lecture|
We in the Messiah College History Department try to give our students an array of opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. Last Spring our students studying digital history and Pennsylvania history spent a lot of time doing archival research. This semester the students in our public archaeology course are hard at work studying a farm connected with a nineteenth-century Anabaptist group known as the “Bermudian Brethren” and uncovering an eighteenth-century Lutheran church building that has been buried for 250 years in the congregation’s graveyard. Several students continue to work on our Digital Harrisburg Project while others provide research support for an array of faculty research projects. We have put a new Public History concentration in place and have been working as well on a new concentration in “Administrative Studies.” In the past few years our students have interned at historical sites all over the mid-Atlantic. It has been a fun ride. I like to think that we are hard at work in creating a new kind of undergraduate history department.
On Thursday, October 30, we will hold our annual “Faith and History” lecture. This year’s lecturer is Tibebe Eshete, our new visiting lecturer in African history and the author of the definitive work on the evangelical movement in Ethiopia. In the 1970s Tibebe was a young Ethiopian Marxist who was active in the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie. His talk will describe his journey from Marxism to Christian faith and his understanding of the historian’s vocation. The lecture will be held in Boyer Hall room 335 at 4pm. If you are in the area feel free to stop by. It should be a good one.