Upcoming Events

Jewish Women and Religious Change in Israel and the United States: Divergence and Dialogue

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall
Epstein Building, Brandeis University,
Waltham, MA

Join us for a conversation about developments concerning Israeli women in Judaism, both Orthodox and secular, and how they have impacted similar issues in the US. Co-sponsored by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and JFAB: Jewish Feminist Association of Brandeis.

This event is free and open to the public.

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A Suffrage and Citizenship Teach-In: 72 Years in 72 Minutes

Thursday, January 30, 2020, 12-2pm

Alumni Lounge, USDAN,
Brandeis University Upper Campus

It took 72 years for women to get the right to vote in the US. Come to this Teach-In to learn about the mobilization from 1848 at Seneca Falls to 1920 with passage of the 19th Constitutional Amendment. 

Co-sponsored by the Women's Studies Research CenterWomen's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Politics Department at Brandeis University.


Holocaust Remembrance: "Only Someone Forgotten is Dead" Restoring Through Stories

Thursday, February 6, 2020, 11 am-3pm

Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall
Epstein Building, Brandeis University,
Waltham, MA

The Holocaust Research Study Group presents lectures, readings, visual talks, and break-out sessions in a half-day Holocaust Remembrance event.  Refreshments will be served. 

Co-Sponsored by the Women's Studies Research Center.


The Cultural Power of Religious Women

Karen Skinazi, University of Bristol

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall
Epstein Building, Brandeis University,
Waltham, MA

Skinazi will discuss the ways that women have inspired change in Orthodox Judaism through creative and cultural channels, such as memoirs, novels, film, and social media, using Naomi Alderman’s novel Disobedience (2006) as a case study.

Dr. Karen E. H. Skinazi is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) and the Director of Liberal Arts at the University of Bristol in the UK. She studies late 19th- through 21st-century ethnic, North American, and women’s literature and has recently published Women of Valor: Orthodox Jewish Troll Fighters, Crime Writers, and Rock Stars in Contemporary Literature and Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2018). Her essays have appeared in academic journals, as well as such popular venues as The Conversation, The Jewish Daily Forward, and Tablet Magazine. Karen did her BA in Toronto, her MA and PhD in New York, and has taught at universities in the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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Next Year in Argentina

February 12, 2020, 7-9pm

Rapaporte Treasure Hall
Brandeis University

We invite you for a film screening of "Next Year in Argentina", introduced by Jonathan Sarna, Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and followed by a panel discussion including Raanan Rein, Elías Sourasky Professor of Latin American and Spanish History and Vice President of Tel Aviv University; Tali Flomenhoft, Associate Director of Parent and Family Giving at Brandeis University; Adrián Krupnik, postdoctoral fellow at Tel Aviv University and the University of Potsdam and a Schusterman Center for Israel Studies Summer Institute fellow. The speakers will examine Argentinian Jewry and the subject of return migration.

The panel will be moderated by Dalia Wassner, Director of the Project on Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute of Brandeis University. 

Cosponsored by The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, The HBI Project in Latin American Jewish & Gender Studies (LAJGS), and The National Center for Jewish Film 

Spring 2020 Lunchtime Seminars

Unless otherwise noted, the lectures meet from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall at HBI. Light snacks will be provided. Please bring a brown bag lunch.

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No Immigrant is an Island: Relational Autonomy and Israeli Immigration Law

January 29, 2020

Tally Kritzman-Amir, College of Law and Business, Israel

“Hannah Prayed in the Spirit of Prophecy”: Maternal Prayer in the Early Jewish Imagination

February 10, 2020

Sari Fein, Brandeis University

Reading Jewish Women, Misreading Malayalees: Ruby of Cochin and The Last Jews of Kerala

March 23, 2020

Bindu Malieckal, Saint Anselm College

The World of Women in the Cairo Geniza

March 25, 2020

Renée Levine Melammed, Schechter Institute

The Concubine in the Refrigerator: Objectifying Women in Comics and Scripture

March 30, 2020

Esther Brownsmith, Brandeis University