RS dept event Richard Newton1

Let’s create a learning experience! I’m a firm believer that a more thoughtful community makes for a better world.

If you’d like me to help your community dig deeper into the issues that matter most, please contact me at newtonr etown edu or fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

Intelligible Media Commentary

  • Religion in American Life
  • Identity Politics
  • The Bible in Culture
  • African American Culture
  • Alex Haley’s Roots

Clara Turnage, “More than a ‘Summer Slump’: How the Loss of Structure Affects Academics,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 15, 2017.

Amanda Berg, “Elizabethtown College Takes on Challenge of Discussing Race on Campus,” PennLive/The Patriot, December 10, 2015. 

Earle Cornelius, “How Local Academicians View Wheaton College’s Decision to Oust a Professor who Says Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God,” LancasterOnline, January 23, 2016.  

Earle Cornelius, “Just How Do We Measure Faith in the US?” LancasterOnline, November 6, 2015.

Earle Cornelius, “The Religious Landscape of America is Changing,” LancasterOnline, February 20, 2016.

Earle Cornelius, The Spirituality of Star Wars” LancasterOnline, January 4, 2016.

“Smart Talk w/ Scott LaMar: Roots,” WITF, May 31, 2016.

Tim Stuhldreher, “Local College Campuses Re-Examining Issues of Race, Diversity, and Inclusion,” LancasterOnline, November 27, 2015.

Tim Stuhldreher, “College Events Look at Post-Ferguson Race, Justice Questions,” LancasterOnline, January 9, 2015.

Dynamic Public Lectures

“The African American Bible: Bound in a Christian Nation,”
Guest Lecture at Hamilton College, February 16, 2015.
Guest Lecture at University of Alabama’s Religion in Culture Lecture Series, May 18, 2016.

“Get Carded: Documenting Identity in a Christian Nation,”
Public Lecture at Elizabethtown College, October 20, 2014.

“Roots: Alex Haley’s Scriptural Story,”
Public Lecture at Claremont Graduate University, September 26, 2013.

“Learning About Islam-Where Do I Begin?”
Church of the Apostles, UCC, March 6 and 13, 2016.
J. P. McCaskey East High School, December 15, 2016.
Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, January 28, 2017.

Engaging HigherEd Consultations

Facing Social Difference in the College Classroom
Elizabethtown College

Teaching Critical Writing for the Last Time
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
Claremont Graduate University
Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies-Society of Biblical Literature

Using Mobile Devices in the Classroom
Lancaster Learns
Elizabethtown College
Pennsylvania College of Health and Human Sciences

*From Graduate Student to Academic Professional: The Series

Memorable Guest Preaching and Programs


Office of Public Witness, Church of the Brethren
Lancaster Church of the Brethren, Lancaster, PA
Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren, Elizabethtown, PA
Mountville Church of the Brethren, Mountville, PA
Church of the Apostles UCC, Lancaster, PA
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship-Elizabethtown College
CRU-Elizabethtown College
Interdenominational Worship-Elizabethtown College
Claremont United Methodist Church-Claremont, CA
First United Methodist Church-Sugar Land, TX
Bethany United Methodist Church-Bellaire, TX
First United Methodist Church-Houston, TX