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Situating Adventist History
Association of Seventh-day Adventist Historians | General Conference Archives
Washington Adventist University

January 8–9, 2018

Monday, January 8

Venue for Papers: Richards Hall | Washington Adventist University

8:00 – 10:30 Registration
8:30 – 8:40 Welcome Weymouth Spence (President, Washington Adventist University)
David Trim (Director of Archives, Statistics, and Research, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)
Andrew Howe (President, Association of Seventh-day Adventist Historians)
8:45 – 9:00 Devotional - William M. Knott (Adventist Review and Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary)
9:00 – 10:30 Plenary One
Chair: Zdravko Plantak (Loma Linda University)
Nicholas Miller (Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary): Adventism, Fundamentalism, and the Bible
Alec Ryrie (University of Durham): Apoliticism, Apocalypticism and Anticlericalism: The Place of Adventism in Protestant History

10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:30 Plenary Two
Chair: William Ellis (Washington Adventist University)
Reggie Williams (McCormick Theological Seminary): To Love your Neighbor You Must Know Yourself: Black Christianity and the Revelation of Black Humanity
David Holland (Harvard University): Dualism and Its Discontents: Seventh-day Adventists, Latter-day Saints, Christian Scientists and the Ontological Revelations of the Nineteenth Century
12:30 – 1:45 LUNCH
2:00 – 4:00 Session One: Adventism and Wider Society in the Middle and Late Nineteenth Century)

Chair: Denis Kaiser (Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary)

  1. 1. Brian E. Strayer (Andrews University): Seeing Themselves as Others Saw Them: Battle Creek Adventists in the Public Eye, 1855–1890
  2. 2. Kevin Burton (Florida State University): Situating Views on Military Service: Seventh-day Adventist Soldiers and the Church’s Political Rhetoric During the Civil War
  3. 3. Michel Sunhae Lee (University of Texas): Sacred Time and Sabbath-keeping in Late Nineteenth-Century. American Culture
  4. 4. Edward Allen (Union College): The Student Volunteer Movement as Context for Seventh-day Adventist Missions
4:00 – 4:20 Break
4:20 Bus leaves for General Conference
5:10 – 6:20 Tours of Ellen G. White Estate and General Conference Archives

PANEL DISCUSSION: Edward Allen (Union College), Elizabeth Bowser (Southwestern Adventist University), Kevin Burton (Florida State University), Andrew Howe (La Sierra University), Emory Tolbert (Howard University)

Tuesday, January 9

Venue: General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists | Room 2I 13-14

8:00 – 9:00


8:00 – 8:20 Devotional David Trim (General Conference Archives)
8:20 – 8:30

WELCOME - Ted N. C. Wilson (President, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists)

8:30 – 10:15

Session Two: Adventist Mission in Transnational and International Perspective
Chair: Edward Allen (Union College)

  1. 5. Ruth Crocombe (Deakin University): The Anti-Christian Movement in China (1920s): An Adventist Perspective
  2. 6. Lindsay Chineegado (Independent Scholar): Seventh-day Adventist History: The Context of Colonization
  3. 7. Gary Krause (Office of Adventist Mission/University of Queensland): Situating Adventist Urban Mission in Socio-Historic Contexts
10:15 – 10:45 Break and Refreshments
10:45 – 12:30 Session Three: Contextualizing African-American Adventist History
Chair: Joan Francis (Washington Adventist University)
  1. 8. Eric Anderson (Pacific Union College): The "Wizard of Tuskegee" and the Seer of Elmshaven: Contextualizing Ellen White's Understanding of American Race Relations, 1895 to 1915
  2. 9. Douglas Morgan (Washington Adventist University): The Rise of Adventism in Black America, 1896–1919: Contextual Probings
  3. 10. DeWitt Williams (Independent Scholar): Adventism and Ethiopianism
12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH
1:30 – 3:15

Session Four: Oral History and Adventist History
Chair: (To Be Arranged)

  1. 11. Nathan Devir (University of Utah): African Judaizing and Adventist Religious Movements: Increasingly Interconnected Histories
  2. 12. Michael Sokupa (Ellen G. White Estate): The Adventist Historiography of the Margins: Legitimizing Oral Adventist History in Africa
  3. 13. Lisa Diller (Southern Adventist University): My Adventist Family History: Myths, Oral History and the Archives

3:15 – 3:45 Break and Refreshments
3:45 – 5:30

Session Five: Autobiographical and Autoreferential Adventist Writings
Chair: Tim Poirier (Ellen G. White Estate)

  1. 14. Ronald Graybill (Independent Scholar): Situating Ellen White’s Correspondence and Diaries
  2. 15. Gilbert M. Valentine (La Sierra University): Personal Diaries as Sources for the Study of Adventist History: Filling in the Context of Adventist Events and Communities
  3. 16. Ashlee Chism (General Conference Archives): “Out of Her Sphere”: Jennie Thayer and the Victorian Era

5:30 – 6:00

Closing remarks | David Trim (General Conference Archives)

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