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APASA CAFE

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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APASA CAFÉS
Glaucoma Genetics in the Amish

Glaucoma Genetics in the Amish

December 2022 APASA Café: Topic: Genetics of Glaucoma Evaluation in the Amish Presented by Jessica Cooke Bailey, Jonathan M. Skarie, and colleagues Description: Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness throughout the world. To better understand glaucoma and inform new treatment strategies, we study the genetics of people with glaucoma. We think that, by studying glaucoma risk in the Amish, we can uncover genes and pathways that influence this disease. With the Genetics of Glaucoma Evaluation in the Amish pilot study (GGLEAM), we study glaucoma in an Amish population concentrated in Holmes County, Ohio. Our recruitment is participant-facing: we visit homes and advertise in newspapers that are commonly read among Amish communities. Upon informed consent, participation in GGLEAM includes undergoing detailed medical, environmental, and lifestyle history questionnaires, a blood draw, and an eye exam. We organize for participants to travel to Mansfield to receive a comprehensive eye examination by our Ophthalmologist collaborator. We extract DNA from blood samples for genome-wide genetics analysis wherein we apply techniques that are specifically useful for large family studies. We send study updates via newsletters to participants. We recognize the importance of engagement with the Amish community. By understanding glaucoma risk in the Amish, we can learn more about the complex risk for this disease and apply this knowledge to better inform prevention and treatment strategies. Suggested Reading: Waksmunski AR, Song YE, Kinzy TG, Laux RA, Sewell J, Fuzzell D, Fuzzell S, Miller S, Wiggs JL, Pasquale LR, Skarie JM, Haines JL, Cooke Bailey JN. (2021). The GGLEAM Study: Understanding Glaucoma in the Ohio Amish. Int J Environ Res Public Health 18(4):1551. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18041551. PMID: 33561996.
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.

Future APASA Café Schedule

January 27, 2023: Friday 12 PM Eastern Time

  • Topic: JAPAS Volume 10 Panel Discussion on “Cultural Moorings and Policy Considerations”

  • Panelists: Ronald Jantz and Krista Evans

  • Registration: click here to register. You will receive an email with options to call in via telephone or use the web. If you do not have web access to register, contact Andrea Waksmunski (axw360@case.edu) for a call-in number.
     

March 3, 2023: Friday 12 PM Eastern Time

  • Topic: "Virtually Amish: Preserving Community at the Internet's Margins"

  • Speaker: Lindsay Ems

  • Registration: click here to register. You will receive an email with options to call in via telephone or use the web. If you do not have web access to register, contact Andrea Waksmunski (axw360@case.edu) for a call-in number.
     

March 31, 2023: Friday 12 PM Eastern Time

  • Topic: "Logic and Tradition: Amish Theology in Recent Literature"

  • Speaker: Christopher Petrovich

  • Registration: click here to register. You will receive an email with options to call in via telephone or use the web. If you do not have web access to register, contact Andrea Waksmunski (axw360@case.edu) for a call-in number.
     

May 5, 2023: Friday 12 PM Eastern Time

  • Topic: "Pennsylvania Dutch: A Living Language"

  • Speaker: Rose Fisher

  • Registration: click here to register. You will receive an email with options to call in via telephone or use the web. If you do not have web access to register, contact Andrea Waksmunski (axw360@case.edu) for a call-in number.

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