Join us at the SEAD Gallery and Bookshop as we host Ron Newton, author of Light of Her Children, on November 9th from 6:30-8 PM. A book about family, hardship, struggle, and the American Dream, Ron Newton is sure to shed light on these situations through his own experiences.
Light of Her Children is a memoir that takes you down the winding paths of the rural terrain of Northeastern Colorado, exploring Ron’s childhood and upbringing. With the Rocky Mountains standing tall as a background in this narrative, Dr. Newton shares stories of family, of struggle and hardship, and of the American Dream in a little Colorado town. Dr. Newton’s experiences bring us on a journey through major events in our country such as the Great Depression, World War II, and life in the 50s, all through the eyes of several generations.
Being one of twenty siblings, Dr. Newton shares both the struggles and cooperation found in family, as he and his siblings navigate the hardships found in these times. A coming of age story, a story woven with hard work and dependence on family, Light of Her Children remains relevant. It’s words of the past speak into current and future generations, addressing mental illness and government welfare for the poor. Through true compassion and hard work, this family rises to find success in community and unwavering determination.
Ron Newton was born in the town of Mead, Colorado, where he was raised alongside twenty siblings. After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado, a master’s from the University of Utah, and a doctorate from Texas A&M, Dr. Newton taught at Texas A&M and conducted research on the physiology and biochemistry of crop plants and trees, rising to the rank of full professor.
Dr. Newton’s plant research with his collaborators resulted in ninety refereed journal articles and six co-edited books, and garnered more than 4-1/2 million dollars in financial support. In 1998, he was selected to be professor and chair of the Department of Biology at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. In 2006, he was appointed as associate dean of the ECU Graduate School, and in 2010 he was appointed as associate vice chancellor in the ECU Division of Administration and Finance.
Dr. Newton retired from academic life in 2012, and now resides in Coppell, TX with his wife, Mary. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Join us in hearing about Light of Her Children at the SEAD Gallery and Bookshop from 6:30 PM-8 PM on November 9th. During his talk, Dr. Newton will be discussing these topics and issues and signing copies of his books.