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Broadcast Seeding brings you future food for thought on religion, culture, and teaching. If there’s something folks are afraid to discuss at the dinner table, we will discussed it here. Download and stream conversations between curator Richard Newton, PhD and some of today’s most provocative thinkers.

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Episode 1: Contextualizing Privilege-Don Kraybill

Sociologist Donald B. Kraybill unpacks social advantage as who gets to tell their story in a society. One of the foremost experts on the Amish, Kraybill helps us think through what this community teaches us about how power and privilege work.

Interview by Richard Newton

Production assistance by Maya Aphornsuvan


Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann, The Social Construction of Reality (Anchor Books, 1966).

Martin Luther King Jr., Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? (Beacon Press, 1968; 2010).

Donald B. Kraybill et al., Amish Forgiveness: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy (Jossey-Bass, 2010).

Leslie Dorrough Smith, “Good Guys With Guns,” Culture on the Edge, October 5, 2015.

Jonathan Z. Smith, “Sacred Persistence: Toward a Redescription of Canon,” Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown (University of Chicago Press, 1982).

Ann B. Taves, Religious Experience Reconsidered: A Building-Block Approach to the Study of Religion and other Special Things (Princeton University Press, 2009).

Jon Rudy Cover.jpgEpisode 2: Conflict Becomes Us-Jon Rudy

Professional Peacemaker Jon Rudy helps us understand the problematics of peace. With a world of experience to draw upon, Rudy talks us through his own theory of change and how we might work through –and when appropriate, appreciate–conflict.

Interview by Richard Newton

Production assistance by Maya Aphornsuvan


Andrew K. Franklin, “King in 1967: My dream has ‘turned into a nightmare,’ NBC News: The Daily Nightly, August 27, 2013.

Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream…” A Speech Delivered at “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,” Lincoln Memorial, Washing ton DC, August 28, 1963.

Bruce Lincoln, Holy Terrors: Thinking About Religion After 9/11 (University of Chicago Press, 2002, 2006).

The Truth Telling Project: A Truth Initiative for Ferguson and Beyond.

Miroslav Volf, Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (Abingdon Press, 1996).

Episode 3-Drew HartEpisode 3: Anablacktivism-Drew Hart

Writer and theologian Drew Hart speaks with us about race and the politics of the Christian witness in America. Co-founder of the Anablacktivist Movement, Drew also shares a bit about his new book, Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Sees Racism (Herald Press: 2016)

Interview by Richard Newton

Production assistance by Maya Aphornsuvan


Rufus J. Burrow, A Child Shall Lead Them: Martin Luther King Jr., Young People, and the Movement (Fortress Press, 2014).

J. Kameron Carter, Race: A Theological Account (Oxford University Press, 2008).

Warren Carter, The Roman Empire and the New Testament: An Essential Guide (Abingdon Press, 2006).

James H. Cone, Black Theology and Black Power (Orbis Books, 1997 [1969]).

Eddie Glaude, Jr., “The Black Church is Dead,” April 26, 2012, Huffington Post

Monica R. Miller, “Butterfly Flow: Tupac, Kendrick Larmar, and the Resurrection of the New Black Godz,” The New Black Godz, JSTOR Daily, April 2, 2015.

IMG_0433Episode 4: Gospel According to the Klan-Kelly J. Baker

Historian and freelance writer Kelly J. Baker joins us to discuss her compelling research on the Ku Klux Klan. Baker shows us how this group’s success in the 20th century speaks volumes about the racist underpinnings of American Protestantism.

Interview by Richard Newton and the Spring 2016  Ethnicity, Gender, and Religion Seminar

Production assistance by Maya Aphornsuvan


Kelly J. Baker, The Gospel According to the Klan: The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930 (University of Kansas Press, 2011).

Kelly J. Baker, “Make America White Again,” The Atlantic, March 12, 2016.

Edward J. Curtis, “Debating the Origins of the Moorish Science Temple of America: Toward a New Cultural History,” in The New Black Gods: Arthur Huff Faucett and the Study of African American Religionsed. Edward E Curtis IV and Danielle Brune Sigler (Indiana University Press, 2009).

Brian Palmer, “Ku Klux Kontraction: Why did the KKK Lose So Many Chapters in 2010?” Slate,  March 8, 2012.

Jonathan L. Walton, Watch This!: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism (NYU Press, 2009).

20160229_232724_resized.pngEpisode 5: Sensing Religion In God’s House-Robert Knight

Hamilton College professor Robert Knight shares insights gained from an aesthetic approach to religion.  Knight invites us to view In God’s House: The Religious Landscape of Utica, NY,  a documentary film directed by him and produced by S. Brent Plate.

Interview by Richard Newton

Production assistance by Maya Aphornsuvan


Simon Maxwell Apter, “A Scientist Hones in On Our Sense of Direction, NPR: Book Reviews. July 31, 2009.

Earle Cornelius, “The Religious Landscape in America is Changing,” LNP:LancasterOnline, February 19, 2016.

Charles Hirschman, “Conceptual and Methodological Developments in the Study of International Migration,” The International Migration Review 38, no. 3 (Fall, 2004):  1206-1233.

Christian Jarrett, “Psychology: How Many Senses Do We Have,” BBC: Future, November 19, 2014.

S. Brent Plate, A History of Religion in 11 Objects, Huffington Post, March 14, 2014. 

Episode 6: Permission Granted: Take the Bible Into Your Own Hands– Jennifer Grace Bird285af0_ebb28590b55d49b1be651e0742c2996f
Acclaimed writer and biblical scholar Dr. Jennifer Grace Bird considers the possibilities for reading the Bible in light of modern ethics and historical insights. Her book, Permission Granted: Take the Bible Into Your Own Hands (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2015) inquires what the text says about women, sex, sin and more.

Interview by Richard Newton and the Spring 2016 Introduction to New Testament Class 

Production assistance by Maya Aphornsuvan


Jennifer Grace Bird @Huffington Post.

Jennifer Grace Bird, Permission Granted: Take the Bible Into Your Own Hands (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2015).

Marcus J. Borg, Reading the Bible Again for the Very First Time (HarperOne, 2002).

John J. Collins, A Short Introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Second Edition (Fortress Press, 2014).

Bart D. Ehrman, A Brief Introduction to the New Testament, Third Edition (Oxford University Press, 2012). 

Carol A. Newsom, Sharon H. Ringe, Jacqueline E. Lapsley, eds. Women’s Bible Commentary, Third Edition: Revised and Updated (Westminster John Knox Press, 2012).

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, ed. Feminist Biblical Studies in the Twentieth Century: Scholarship and Movement (SBL Press, 2014).

photo1-199x300Episode 7: Law and Order- Rita Shah
Dr. Rita Shah (Elizabethtown College) discusses “law and order,” the nature of crime, and the emerging field known as critical criminology. Shah is winner of the 2016 Praxis Award from the ASC’s Division on Critical Criminology.

Interview by Richard Newton

Production assistance by Maya Aphornsuvan


Dino Felluga, “Modules on Althusser: On Ideology.” Introductory Guide to Critical Theory. July 17, 2002. Purdue University. (last accessed November 17, 2016).

ASC Division on Critical Criminology.

Matthew Kuraska, “The Stereotype of Criminal Blackness,” Sowing the Seed, April 25, 2016.

David Redmon, Cultural Criminology, University of Kent.

Rita Shah, Dr. Rita Shah: Live, Learn, Research–with links to her published works and projects.

Emily Soltys, “Mediating Perceptions of Race and Criminal Justice in America,” Sowing the Seed, May 16, 2016.

Brad Stoddard, “Fear, Florida, and Faith-Based Prison.” Sowing the Seed, October 24, 2016.



Episode 8: The Color of Christ-Edward J. Blum

Historian of American Religion, Dr. Edward J. Blum helps us read Jesus iconography to better understand the role race and the Christian faith have had in shaping the meaning ascribed to American bodies. Blum co-authored (with Paul Harvey) the acclaimed book, The Color of Christ: The Saga of Race in America (UNC Press, 2012).

Interview by Richard Newton 

Production assistance by Maya Aphornsuvan


Nicholas Baer, “Veil,” The University of Chicago: Theories of Media: Keywords and Glossary, 2007.

Kelly J. Baker, Henry Ossawa Tanner: Race, Religion, and Visual Mysticism, MA Thesis, Florida State University, 2003.

“Black Jesus,” Good Times, Season 1, Episode 2. Directed by  Bob Lahendro and John Rich, Written by Eric Monte and Michael Evans (1874),

Edward J. Blum and Paul Harvey, The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America (UNC Press 2012).(Dr. Paul Harvey’s fantastic companion materials on the book American Religious History.)

Anthea Butler, “How Prince Set Fire to my Catholic Girlhood,”Religous Dispatches, April 25, 2016.

Victoria Emily Jones, Art & Theology (Excellent blog on iconography).

_____. The Jesus Question.  (The predecessor to the blog above. Also a great blog on iconography).

*If you have questions about Professor Blum’s book or are interested in teaching ideas related to The Color of Christ, you are invited to email him at eblum -at- mail  -dot- suds -dot- edu.