Annual CTMS Lecture


Upcoming CTMS Lecture: May 2020 (exact date TBA)


Past CTMS Lectures:

 4th Annual CTMS Lecture: May 30, 2019

Where: University of Winnipeg Club
(515 Portage Ave., U of W, 4th floor Wesley Hall)
When: May 30, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.
Reception to follow

During the first years of Bolshevik rule, Mennonites played leading roles in the development and administration of Soviet institutions and organizations in their communities.

Join this year’s speaker, Colin P. Neufeldt, as he examines the participation of Mennonites in organizing and operating collective farms in Khortytsia, Ukraine between 1921 and 1923.  Following the keynote address, Dr. Aileen Friesen, co-director of CTMS, will report on her recent trip to Ukraine for the Paul Toews KGB Archives project.

Colin P. Neufeldt is Professor of History, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Assistant Vice President Academic at Concordia University of Edmonton.

University of Winnipeg campus & parking maps:


3rd Annual CTMS Lecture: May 17, 2018

Join us for the 3rd Annual Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies (CTMS) Lecture “Unexpected Connections: Mennonites in Mexican Media” by Dr. Rebecca Janzen, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina.

How have Low German Mennonites been viewed by their Mexican neighbours? Mexican archival photographs, documents, and television tell us much about the Mennonites – their conflict with Indigenous people, their struggle over land, their relationship with violent drug cartels. In the process, these sources ask us how we decide how belongs in a society.

CTMS is a partnership of the D. F. Plett Historical Research Foundation and the Chair in Mennonite Studies at the University of Winnipeg.


2nd Annual CTMS Lecture: October 5, 2017

You are invited to join in the official launch of the Mennonite Heritage Archives under the new partnership of Canadian Mennonite University, the Center for Transnational Mennonite Studies (CTMS) and Mennonite Church Canada. On October 5, 2017 we will gather at the Archives and Gallery building on the CMU south campus to celebrate this new era for the archives and Mennonite history. We will begin with the launch at 7:00 pm followed by a reception and the annual CTMS lecture by Dr. Royden Loewen, entitled “Hoax and Reality: Climate Change and the Mennonite Farmer in Global Context”.


1st Annual CTMS Lecture: May 5, 2016

Plan to join us for the launch of the Centre for Transnational Mennonite Studies (CTMS) and its inaugural lecture by Dr. Aileen Friesen, “Indigenous-Mennonite Relations in the Russian Empire: A History of Conflict and Accommodation.”

CTMS will officially be launched by Dr. Neil Besner, Provost and Vice-President, Academic, University of Winnipeg, with brief reflections by Dr. Royden Loewen, Chair in Mennonite Studies, and Dr. Hans Werner, Executive Director, D. F. Plett Historical Research Foundation. A reception will follow Dr. Friesen’s address.

The CTMS is a new initiative in Mennonites Studies at The University of Winnipeg, a new research and educational initiative that brings a global focus to the University’s long-standing program in Mennonite Studies. CTMS facilitates the study of transnational relations among Mennonites who today are spread around the world. It introduces new Mennonite Studies courses, new research initiatives, new lecture series and new scholarly exchanges.

Admission is free. Everyone welcome!