Inquisitive Minds Want to Know: A Mixed Bag of Questions for Ira Wagler – Part I

By Sabrina Völz

Ques­tions. Ques­tions. There are always ques­tions, espe­cial­ly when deal­ing with the Old Order Amish. And ques­tions there were – plen­ty of ques­tions – fol­low­ing The New York Times best-sell­ing author Ira Wagler’s talk at the Plain Peo­ple Con­fer­ence at Leuphana Uni­ver­si­ty. In fact, the Q&A ran slight­ly longer than his intro­duc­to­ry remarks to Grow­ing Up Amish. Of course, this real­ly shouldn’t be sur­pris­ing since Wagler has a unique way of con­nect­ing with his audi­ence, an audi­ence on this par­tic­u­lar swel­ter­ing evening made up of schol­ars, stu­dents, upper-sec­ondary Eng­lish teach­ers, and res­i­dents of Lüneb­urg. Reflect­ing the diver­si­ty of that delight­ful audi­ence, the ques­tions dealt with every­thing from trau­ma to the Penn­syl­va­nia Dutch. So, if you are Ira Wagler’s fan, an avid Amer­i­can Stud­ies Blog read­er, or a stu­dent try­ing to pep up your pre­sen­ta­tion on the Amish, you can be sure to find ample food for thought.

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Wish­ing for more? Then tune in next week for Part II.

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