An understanding of the Amish involves compassion, dedication, and a tremendous work ethic. The two professionals speaking here fully embody these values, and provide a valuable understanding of the sect and culture.
Conversations with Donald B. Kraybill, Ph.D.
Dr. Kraybill received his Ph.D. in sociology from Temple University. He served as chair of the sociology and social work department at Elizabethtown College from 1979 to 1985 and directed the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies from 1989 to 1996. He was provost of Messiah College (PA) from 1996 to 2002, and then returned to Elizabethtown and the Young Center in 2003.
Internationally recognized for his scholarship on Anabaptist groups including the Amish, Kraybill is the author or editor of numerous book and dozens of professional articles. His books have been translated into eight different languages. Kraybill’s research on the Amish has been featured in journals, magazines, and newspapers, and on radio and television programs across the United States and in many foreign countries. He has served a a consultant for various projects related to the Amish and other Anabaptist groups. The National Endowment for the Humanities and many private foundations have supported his research projects. Kraybill is the series editor of the Young Center books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.
(Music for the videos is “Lay Down, Lay Down,” Blues Raiders, Live in the Radio Bunker)