Virtual via Zoom - October 14-17, 2022

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Speaking, Panel, Workshop & Film Topics

This year’s conference calls for speakers and research addressing 50 years of Wisconsin v. Yoder, decided in May 1972.

The conference will be centered around the following:

How to make education a federal Constitutional right, while taking a sweeping look at the ways in which Wisconsin v. Yoder and the intersection of religion and education have affected (and continue to affect) the lives of children, women, LGBTQIA+ people, politics, and policy up through 2022.

Who We’re Looking For

Application Deadline (ASAP): We are confirming candidates on a first come first served basis. We encourage you to submit your application now, rather than later. We hope to have all our speakers confirmed by April 4, 2022.

Experts, educators, writers, researchers, and journalists who can talk about the legal, educational, religious, or political aspects of 50 years of the Wisconsin v. Yoder case


the intersection of religion and education, specifically in terms of the ways in which the rights of individuals (children and/or adults) in insular and fundamentalist religious communities are being compromised or violated as a result of the higher status given to religious rights

Health professionals including social workers, medical, mental, and dental to share the challenges they encounter serving an educationally deprived population (e.g., Amish, Ultra Orthodox Jewish, Jehovah’s Witness, Muslim, etc.)

Panelists to be part of the following:

1) Nontraditional or First Generation College Students panel to share their educational experience (if you were discouraged or prohibited from going to high school or college, faced challenges from having been home-schooled, or attended a parochial or religious school).

This panel is open to anyone (not restricted to women and LGBTQIA+).

2) Personal Stories panel to either share your journey transitioning out of an insular or fundamentalist group or the challenges of straddling two worlds (partly inside, partly outside). If you’re concerned about protecting your identity, you can participate via audio only and we can distort the audio.

This panel is open to anyone (not restricted to women and LGBTQIA+).

4) Myths About the Amish in Pop Culture panel to discuss rumspringa and other fictions passed off as truth in reality TV, documentaries, books, and works by self-proclaimed academic experts such as Donald Kraybill, et al. If you’re a creative (e.g., writer, researcher, film/tv producer, actor, editor, casting, crew, etc.), who was or is part of Amish-themed projects, we want you on this panel to have a real, raw, honest discussion about how the portrayal of Amish society in pop culture is helping or hurting Amish women and children. And most of all, how the entertainment industry could pivot to generating consistent messaging/stories that advocate for the protections of Amish women, children, and LGBTQIA+.

This panel is open to anyone (not restricted to women and LGBTQIA+).

3) Education & Women’s Equality panel to discuss the status of women in your community of origin and how that affects (or not) the level of education you receive. The discussion will include sharing your vision for giving women equal status in your culture, the challenges you face to change the status quo, and what the general public can do to help support members from your community who want to further their education.

Workshops aimed toward providing tools, resources, and community to individuals from insular or fundamentalist religious backgrounds, so they have safer alternatives when transitioning or considering making the leap into mainstream society.

Films that address the cost of religious freedom, particularly at the expense of individual citizens’ freedom and rights. We’re looking for films that deal with religious trauma, religious fanaticism/extremism/brainwashing, and educational deprivation. Ideally the film is a documentary or based on a true story, but we’re also open to fiction if the script is aligned with our conference and AHF’s mission.

What Past Attendees Say:

This kind of space, in which almost everyone there carried an invisible history and world inside them, but an invisible world made visible just by showing up, enabled a profound kind of generosity around learning and sharing, the likes of which I have not experienced in the wider intersectional world.

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