Past GCRL Events

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The Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law
Hadassah-Brandeis Institute
Brandeis University
Mailstop 079
Waltham MA 02454-9110

Dr. Lisa Fishbayn Joffe
Associate Director, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute
Director, Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law
(781) 736-3116


GCRL Lunchtime Seminars

The lectures meet on Mondays (unless otherwise noted, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in the Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall at HBI. A Kosher lunch will be provided. RSVP for each lecture to

Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Professor Orna Sasson-Levy, Bar-Ilan University
Topic: Israeli Women Soldiers and Citizenship: Gendered Encounters with the State (Download PDF)

Monday, November 14, 2016
Ronit Irshai, Helen Gartner Hammer Scholar-in-Residence
Topic: Essentialism and Homosexuality in Contemporary Jewish Law (Download PDF)

Monday, November 21, 2016
Avishalom Westreich, Helen Gartner Hammer Scholar-in-Residence
Topic: Changing Motherhood Paradigms: Jewish Law, Civil Law, and Society (Download PDF)

Monday, December 5, 2016
Riki Shapira-Rosenberg, Helen Gartner Hammer Scholar-in-Residence
Topic: Legal Action and Social Change: The Case of Sexual Harassment in Israel (Download PDF)

Monday, December 12, 2016 
Geraldine Gudefin, Helen Gartner Hammer Scholar-in-Residence
Topic: Jewish Family Life in the Age of Mass Migration: A Comparative Case Study of France and the United States (Download PDF)

Monday, February 27, 2017 from 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Hikmet Kocamaner, Scholar-in-Residence
Topic: Governing the Family Through Religion: Secularism, Expertise, and the Politics of the Family in the New Turkey 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Gail Labovitz, Scholar-in-Residence
With Righteousness and Justice: Creating a Connection Between Equitable Marriage and Equitable Divorce in Jewish Law (Download PDF)

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 12:30pm-2:00pm
Anat Granit-Hacohen
Hebrew Women Join the Forces: Jewish Women from Palestine in the British Forces During the Second World War

Monday, April 3, 2017 from 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Mona Hassan, Duke University
Formative Female Articulation of Islamic Law (Download PDF)

The HBI Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law is generously funded by a gift from the Dan Fischel and Sylvia Neil Philanthropic Fund.