Steinert Campus Center
1717 S. Chestnut Avenue
Fresno, CA 93702
Abraham Friesen of our senior professionals group is Professor Emeritus of Renaissance and Reformation History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His recent research and writing has focused on Menno Simons, the Dutch reformer after whom Mennonites are named. In this session he will draw on this work focusing particularly, as the title indicates, on problems of Menno scholarship. Over the years, for a variety of reasons, conflicting interpretations of Menno's life and theology have arisen, many of them related to his assumed relationship to the Muenster uprising. Many of these have taken on a life of their own and continue to exist as though some legitimacy attaches to them. It is therefore necessary, before the historian addresses the life and work of Menno, that he deconstruct the interpretations that litter the field of Menno studies. In this session we shall take a look at a number of the more important problem areas of Menno's biography.
Council of Senior Professionals:
The Fresno Pacific University Council of Senior Professionals was established in 2002 to recognize and encourage continuing contributions by senior university and seminary faculty. The council brings together senior scholars, artists, educators, church leaders and other professionals to pursue mutual interests in an academic community that benefits the university, seminary, church and community.
The mission of the Council of Senior Professionals is to serve as a senior resource group to the sponsoring institutions and the larger church and community, and to support each other as members, both individually and collectively, in pursuit of continuing (a) inquiry and learning, (b) research, writing and other creative work and (c) service to the university and seminary, church and world.
In weekly seminars, members, visiting professionals and others share their work and pursue topics of historical and current interest.