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Dancing with the Kobzar
Bluffton College and
Mennonite Higher Education, 1899-1999

Perry Bush


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“This joyous, deftly-written history of Bluffton College flows along like the campus's Little Riley Creek, one of the book's central images. Dancing with the Kobzar allows readers to see the changing landscapes, physical and metaphorical, in which this institution has taken shape.” —Susan Fisher Miller, North Park University, author of Culture for Service: A History of Goshen College, 1894-1994

“Much of Bush’s analysis could fit many Christian colleges and universities: Bluffton’s story includes the tension inherent in the academy when it supports the ‘search for truth’ while affirming that Christ is the living truth.” —Joseph M. Lapp, President, Eastern Mennonite University

“Don't know what a Kobzar is? You'll dance with one by the time you finish this colorful narrative. Wit, candor, and scholarly insight converge in this inspiring story of Mennonites engaging the world with the best of their own tradition.” —J. Nelson Kraybill, President, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Summary: To celebrate its 1999-2000 centennial, Bluffton College commissioned Professor of History Dr. Perry Bush to write the history of its first 100 years. Dancing with the Kobzar tells two stories:

  • BC’s birth, growth, and development, framed in a social history of BC student life over the past century. A photo essay illustrates this tale.
  • BC's unique role in Mennonite higher education,that of a Mennonite school that speaks to students from a wide variety of religious backgrounds and commitments.

Combining an engaging narrative style with scholarly support (including extensive notes plus select bibliography and index), Dancing with the Kobzar delicately balances critical assessment and affirmation of the Bluffton legacy of progressive Anabaptism and its place within Anabaptism.

Classification: History—Anabaptist, Mennonite, of higher education, of Bluffton College; Anabaptists; Mennonites; Higher education. BISAC: History, Religion. RTM: 430 History/American; 690 Religion/Ethics.

The Author: Perry Bush, Bluffton, Ohio, is Professor of History, Bluffton College, and writer and speaker on issues of history and progressive Anabaptist theology.

To Herald Press web page for Dancing with the Kobzar
Pandora Press U.S. (copublished by Herald Press, Faith & Life Press)
Publication date: May 1, 2000
Pages: 320
: choice of 6 x 9 trade paper or hardcover
Price for trade paper: $19.95 ($29.00 in Canada)
Price for hardcover w. jacket: $34.95 ($49.95 in Canada)
ISBN: 0-9665021-3-2 trade paper; 0-9665021-8-3 hardcover

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