2013 - 2014 Seminar Talks


The HBI  Seminar on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law is a series of informal lunchtime talks exploring the intersection of religion,  law and women’s rights. Delivered by HBI Helen Gartner Hammer Scholars-in-Residence, Research Associates and invited guests, these inter-disciplinary presentations of work in progress will cover topics both historical and contemporary, focusing on Jewish and Islamic religious laws and practices.

RSVP required: hbi@brandeis.edu

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.

Lecture Schedule

Wednesdays, 12pm - 2pm, unless otherwise listed
Lieberman-Miller Lecture Hall
Hadassah-Brandeis Institute
Epstein Building, Brandeis University
515 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454

September 12 (Thursday):
The 19th Century Agunot Phenomenon: A Reflection of the Modernization of East European Jewish Society
Haim Sperber, Helen Gartner Hammer Scholar-in-Residence, Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies Department, Western Galilee College, Israel

October 9:
Fiqh and the Family: Changing Spousal Roles and the Higher Intentions of Islamic Law
Celene Ayat Lizzio, PhD Candidate in Arab and Islamic Studies, Brandeis University

December 4:
The Good Jewish Wife: Representations and Practices in Post-emancipation Italy (Late XIX - Early XX Centuries)
Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti, Helen Gartner Hammer Scholar-in-Residence, University of Pisa

December 13 (Friday):
Between Kabbalah, Gender and Law: Sexual Ethics in the Zohar

Ruth Kaniel Kara-Ivanov, Kreitman Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Jewish Thought at Ben-Gurion University

January 14 (Tuesday):
Consumption of Mass Media Among Old Order Amish Women

Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar, Lecturer at the Sapir Academic College

February 5:
The Problem of the Mamzerim and Some Suggested Halachic Solutions

Rivkah Lubich, Toenet Rabbanit and Board Member at the Center for Women's Justice

March 12:
Conservative Female Rabbis: Their Interest In and Influence On Halakhah
Debra Blank, 2009 HBI Scholar-in-Residence and Adjunct Faculty at Hebrew College

March 19:
Jewish Women, the State, and the Making of Civil Marriage in Revolutionary Europe
Lois Dubin, Professor of Religion, Smith College

April 9:
Immigrant Women as a Driving Force for Social, Educational, and Professional Integration: A Comparative Study of Ethiopian Women in Israel and Haitian Women in the U.S.
Yarden Fanta-Vagenshtein, Helen Gartner Hammer Scholar-in-Residence