The 2020 Aronov Lecture with Dr. Annette Yoshiko Reed


  • Richard Newton University of Alabama



religious studies, jewish studies, art history


In this edition of The Interview, Annette Yoshiko Reed
(New York University) joins Bulletin editor Richard
Newton for a conversation and discussion as part of the University of Alabama’s 18th annual Aronov Lecture. The Aronov Lecture invites an accomplished and internationally renowned research scholar in the field of religion to bring insights that can inform the larger work of the human sciences. Reed discusses her work on the tensions, rhetoric, and myths involved in the construction of Jewish and Christian identities in the late antique Mediterranean and beyond, as well as her current thinking about how we approach the past through remembering and forgetting. She shares with the audience engaging stories, thought-provoking scholarship, and practical advice on navigating academia and the development of research interests.

Author Biography

  • Richard Newton, University of Alabama

    Richard Newton received his PhD in Critical Comparative Scriptures from Claremont Graduate University.

    Dr. Newton’s areas of interest include theory and method in the study of religion, African American history, the New Testament in Western imagination, American cultural politics, and pedagogy in religious studies. His research explores how people create “scriptures” and how those productions operate in the formation of identities and cultural boundaries. He has published an array of journal articles, book chapters and online essays. His book, Identifying Roots: Alex Haley and the Anthropology of Scriptures (Equinox 2020), casts Alex Haley’s Roots as a case study in the dynamics of scriptures and identity politics with critical implication for the study of race, religion, and media. He is also the curator of the  multimedia professional development network, Sowing the Seed: Fruitful Conversations in Religion, Culture, and Teaching.





The Interview

How to Cite

The 2020 Aronov Lecture with Dr. Annette Yoshiko Reed. (2022). Bulletin for the Study of Religion, 50(2), 42-49.