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Author To Bring Pennsylvania German Powwow To Susquehanna University

March 26, 2009

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Author and anthropologist David W. Kriebel will explore the healing tradition of Pennsylvania German powwowing on April 6 at 6:30 p.m. in Susquehanna University’s Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center, meeting rooms 4-5. The talk is sponsored by the Susquehanna University Medical Humanities Initiative and is open to the public free of charge.

Pennsylvania German powwowing is a magico-religious practice rooted in Christian belief and symbolism that aims to restore physical and spiritual health. Practiced in Pennsylvania for centuries, it remains a healthcare choice for many rural people. Kriebel will discuss the basics of powwowing, its history, its relation to medicine, and its manifestations in central and southeastern Pennsylvania today.

Kriebel is an anthropologist and writer specializing in religion and medicine. He is the author of Powwowing among the Pennsylvania Dutch: A Traditional Medical Practice in the Modern World (The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2007) and has published related articles in The Journal of the Center for Pennsylvania German Studies, The Pennsylvania German Review, and Esoterica. Kriebel served as an associate professor at the Naval War College, where he taught and helped design curricula on policy analysis. He also has taught sociology at Loyola College in Maryland and professional writing at the University of Maryland.

The goal of medical humanities is to explore how humanities disciplines illuminate the nature and practice of medicine; it includes art and medicine, bioethics, the history of medicine, literature and medicine, music and medicine, medicine in the performing arts, philosophy, psychology, theology, and medical anthropology and sociology. 

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers.

Contact: Karen Jones


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