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Do Roots Matter? Change at Three Religion-Born Schools

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:15pm

Kendal at Oberlin, Heiser Auditorium

Oberlin College Archivist Ken Grossi and fellow college historians Tom Mach and John Oliver examine relationships between founding values and present day ideals at three midwestern institutions of higher learning: Oberlin College, Cedarville University, and Malone University.  

Oberlin College Archivist Ken Grossi discusses Oberlin’s transition from an institution rooted in Christian ideals and the Oberlin Covenant to a liberal arts school with a focus on diverse cultural traditions and religious ideals and concerns for social issues. Grossi is in his 18th year with the Oberlin College Archives and has served as college archivist since 2009. In 2011, Grossi was elected to the board of trustees of the Oberlin Heritage Center.

Thomas Mach is professor of history and chair of the department of history and government at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. Professor Mach traces the transition of Cedarville from Presbyterian to Baptist control while examining the continuity between the two denominations’ objectives. 

John W. Oliver, Jr. is an emeritus professor of history at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. While noting changes to Malone’s original mission concerning social, religious, and political issues, Professor Oliver discusses why he believes the view of the school’s founders may be more important for our time than for their own. 


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Archives, Administrative



Free and open to the public

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Oberlin Heritage Center

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