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Come learn with me this year at the following live events. Mark your calendars for the events (updated as booked). Want to host a speaking engagement, workshop, or public lecture? Please reach out via my contact page. Scheduling, honoraria, and topics are tailored to bring the most impactful and effective engagement. Please note that, due to safety concerns related to COVID-19, all events for 2020 will be remote.

September 16, 2020

Class visit with Prof. Adele Reinhartz’s Theory and Method in the Study of Religion Course (virtual/private).

July 26, 2020

"I pledge allegiance to...?" An American flag and cross are laid on a Bible atop the red-letter words of Jesus.

“Re-reading the Scriptures with Alex Haley and Malcolm X,” Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren Sunday Morning Faith Formation Series, Elizabethtown, PA (virtual/public).

March 2, 2020

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Elizabethtown College Civil Rights Site Visit and Guided Discussion, The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery, AL (private).

November 24, 2019

NAASR Graduate Student Workshops, Sunday, November 24, 2019. Job Workshop, 10:00-11:00AM; Academic Publishing, 11:10AM-12:10PM; Graduate Student Luncheon, 12:10PM-1:10PM; Politics of Academia 1:10PM-2:10PM; Alternative Careers, 2:20PM-3:20PM

“Graduate Student Workshop: Navigating the Politics of Academia,” North American Association for the Study of Religion, 1:10-2:10PM, Hilton Bayfront-Indigo 202B (Second Level–private).

November 7, 2019

On Thursday November 7, at 5:30 pm, in the Oklahoma Memorial Union Heritage Room, Dr. Richard Newton will present Scriptural Roots:  How Alex Haley Read "America Great Again."
During the U. S. bicentennial, Alex Haley's Roots:  A Saga of An American Family took American reading and viewing audiences by storm.  The pre-internet social media event challenged a nation to rethink the terms on which one can identify as American.  In this talk, Professor Newton will discuss the history, spectacle, and controversy behind an American Scripture and what it tells us about race and religion today.  
Dr. Newton is assistant professor of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama and author of the forthcoming book, Identifying Roots:  Alex Haley and the Anthropology of Scriptures (Equinox 2020).  His research focues on the role of scriptures and the politics of identity formation.  Newton is also creator of the online teaching-learning network, Sowing the Seed:  Fruitful Conversations in Religion, Culture, and Teaching.

Scriptural Roots: How Alex Haley Read ‘America Great Again,'” The University of Oklahoma, 5:30OM, OMU Heritage Room (public).