Plan to Attend APASA Café

The APASA Scholarship Committee hosts a monthly discussion-oriented speaker series. This series promotes the scholarship and projects of Amish and plain Anabaptist researchers and service providers. Cafés are free and open to the public. Sign up to receive APASA announcements and watch your email and the APASA Info Hub.

Noon (Eastern Time) on the last Fridays of most months. 

Past Cafés

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On the 50th Anniversary of Wisconsin v. Yoder: Discussion of this Milestone Amish Schooling Decision

On the 50th Anniversary of Wisconsin v. Yoder: Discussion of this Milestone Amish Schooling Decision

September 2022 Café: Panel Discussion: “On the 50th Anniversary of Wisconsin v. Yoder: Assessing the Complexities of this Milestone Amish Schooling Decision” Panelists: David Cheng (Cheng Law, Inc.), William Fischel (Dartmouth Univ.), Emma Rosenberg (New York Univ.), and Mark Strasser (Capital Univ.). Description: In 1972, the Supreme Court’s decision in Wisconsin v. Yoder ushered in a new era of legal freedoms for the Amish and other plain people, namely, the ability to operate their own schools and the ability to cap educational attainment at eighth grade. Yet, across the past half-century, the Yoder decision’s complexities, even contradictions, have routinely triggered academic and legal debates. To acknowledge 50 years of the Yoder decision, this APASA Café features four law and society scholars who will discuss some of the legal and cultural intricacies of Yoder today. Suggested Reading: Cheng, David Gan-Wing 2012. "Wisconsin v. Yoder: Respecting Children’s Rights and Why Yoder Would Soon Be Overturned." Charlotte Law Review 4:45-. Fischel, William. 2012. "Do Amish One-Room Schools Make the Grade? The Dubious Data of Wisconsin v. Yoder." University of Chicago Law Review 79(1):107-29. Rosenberg, Emma. 2020. "Amish and Hasidic Litigation: A Survival Strategy." Journal of Church and State 63(3):485-505. Strasser, Mark P. 2019. "Yoder's Legacy." Hofstra Law Review 47(4):1335-57.
Why Amish Parents Choose to Send Their Children to Public Schools (Annual JAPAS Award Lecture)

Why Amish Parents Choose to Send Their Children to Public Schools (Annual JAPAS Award Lecture)

August 2022 Café: "Why Amish Parents Choose to Send Their Children to Public Schools" (Annual JAPAS Award Lecture) Presented by Steven Thalheimer Abstract: In the 1972 Wisconsin v. Yoder case, the Supreme Court codified the right of Amish parents to withdraw children from compulsory attendance after 8th grade. Yet, 50 years later, Amish parents still send their children to public schools. This study identifies factors that contribute to Amish families choosing to do so. The researcher, doubling as the superintendent of a district in Elkhart County, IN, where one K-8 Amish-supported public school is located, conducted semi-structured interviews with 26 randomly-selected Old Order Amish parents. Thematic coding revealed that parents consider institutional, instructional, and social factors when deciding to send their children to public school. Amish parents do relinquish control on some issues, including no prayer or religious songs amid modern music, information-communications technology, and exposure to non-Amish influences. However, the utility of learning skills and dispositions for the future makes pragmatic negotiations with the public education system worthwhile. Ultimately, parents felt that if they instill faith-based values in their children at home, their children will benefit from public education while still selecting to remain in their faith, dually equipped with reason and skill sets for a changing world. Read the Award-Winning Paper Here: https://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/amishstudies/vol9/iss1/4/

Future APASA Café Schedule


December 2, 2022: Friday 12 PM Eastern Time

Presentation: “Genetics of Glaucoma Evaluation in the Amish (GGLEAM) Study”

Dr. Jessica Cooke Bailey, Case Western Reserve University

January 27, 2023: Friday 12 PM Eastern Time

Panel Discussion about the Spring 2022 Issue of JAPAS: “Cultural Moorings and Policy Considerations”

Presented by the spring 2022 authors