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 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

Orna Sasson-Levy, Bar-Ilan University
Israeli Women Soldiers and Citizenship: Gendered Encounters with the State (Download PDF)

Monday, November 14, 2016

Ronit Irshai, Helen Gartner Hammer scholar-in-residence                     
Essentialism and Homosexuality in Contemporary Jewish Law (Download PDF)

Monday, November 21, 2016 

Avishalom Westreich, Helen Gartner Hammer scholar-in-residence     
Changing Motherhood Paradigms: Jewish Law, Civil Law, and Society (Download PDF)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Riki Shapira-Rosenberg, Helen Gartner Hammer scholar-in-residence 
Legal Action and Social Change: The Case of Sexual Harassment in Israel (Download PDF)

Monday, December 12, 2016 (Rescheduled from Monday, November 28, 2016)

Geraldine Gudefin, Helen Gartner Hammer scholar-in-residence          
Jewish Family in the Age of Mass Migration: A Comparative Case Study of France and the U.S. (Download PDF)

Monday, February 27, 2017

Hikmet Kocamaner, Harvard University

State Appointed Female Preachers and Family-Related Religious Guidance: Secularism, Religious Expertise, and the Politics of the Family in the New Turkey

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Is Polygamy Good for Women? Religious Tolerance and Gender Equality

Is polygamy the next frontier in American marriage? Authors of three important new books debate the pros, cons and complications.  "The Polygamy Question" by Lisa Fishbayn Joffeand Janet Bennion, "Legalizing Marriage Pluralism" by Mark Goldfeder and "Polygyny: What it Means When African-American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands" by Debra Majeed.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall
Hadassah-Brandeis Institute
Brandeis University
515 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454