Beyond the Bio: Donald Kraybill

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | Nov 6, 2012 4:14 AM

Donald Kraybill, Ph. D., at the Young Center at Elizabethtown College

(Elizabethtown) -- Elizabethtown College Professor Donald Kraybill is considered one of the world's foremost experts on the Amish and similar groups. 

His work at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies started to gain wider notice after he co-wrote an essay on the 1985 film "Witness."

Kraybill says the Harrison Ford thriller about an Amish boy who witnesses a murder put an unwanted spotlight on the Amish in Lancaster County.

"I've traveled to European countries and to Asian countries, and whenever people ask where I'm from and I say, 'Lancaster County,' they say, 'well, did you see Witness?'"  

As part of our Beyond the Bio series, witf's Craig Layne talks with Kraybill about how he started studying Anabaptists, and how the Amish have influenced popular culture through films... 

Hear Kraybill's thoughts on the commercialization of Amish culture: 

Hear Kraybill talk about his experience as a witness in the Amish "beard cutting" trial in Ohio: 

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