One of America's most familiar yet widely misunderstood religious groups are the Old Order Amish. This presentation will address central aspects of Amish life and the Christian faith that anchors it, with a special emphasis on Amish communities in Wisconsin, which has the fourth-largest population of any U.S. state. A main goal of the presentation will be to clarify a number of misunderstandings about the Amish, as well as their close spiritual cousins, the Mennonites. The presenter will be Mark Louden, a professor of German at the UW–Madison. Professor Louden is a Mennonite and a fluent speaker of Pennsylvania Dutch, the main language of the Amish.