On June 8-11, 2017 at the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana, The Quaker History Roundtable brought together scholars and others with expertise on the forces that shaped (& reshaped & misshaped) Quakerism in the USA during the 20th century. It featured presentations that offer overviews, portraits of key Quakers, analysis of important groups and movements, controversies and conflicts, and provocative perspectives on the carryover from this intensely active period into our present situation. [For a list of presenters and topics, keep scrolling down. For photos from the Roundtable, go to the News page.]
The 20th century was pretty busy for the USA: two world wars, plus Vietnam, Iraq, and many smaller “conflicts”; a Great Depression, long booms, sex, drugs & rock ‘n roll.
It was busy for American Quakers too: among much else, several split yearly meetings came back together; others divided, and schismatic tensions persisted. American Quaker missionaries fanned out to many countries. An effort to move Toward A Quaker View of Sex set off a firestorm that’s still smoking.
Meantime, two Quaker presidents claimed to work for peace.