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The Impact of Modernity on Jewish Women

Feb. 8, 2007

What: Scholars from around the world will gather at the University’s Divinity School to discuss the impact of modernity on Jewish women. The conference, hosted by the Divinity School’s Martin Marty Center, is significant because, although scholars have extensively documented the impact of modernity on Jewish men, there remains a dearth of inquiry into the unique experiences and perceptions of Jewish women.

Questions to be asked at the conference include: How has modernity impacted Jewish women’s identities, their roles in the family, and their roles in Jewish communities? How did these changes differ across degrees of religious observance and levels of economic stability? Above all, how do women represent these changes to themselves?

Who: Presenters include Daniel Boyarin, Professor of Talmudic Culture at the University of California-Berkeley, and the other of numerous books related to sex and gender in late antiquity; Paula Hyman, a Professor of Modern Jewish History at Yale University who has studied the role of Jewish women in American and European history; Barbara Hahn, Professor of German at Vanderbilt University, and author of The Jewess Pallas Athena: This Too A Theory of Modernity, and Maeera Schreiber an Associate Professor of English at the University of Utah, and the author of the forthcoming book, Singing in a Strange Land: Towards a Jewish American Poetics.

When: Monday, February 12, and Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Where: All talks will take place in Swift Hall, 3rd Floor Lecture Hall. 1025 East this conference is free and open to the public. For additional information, please visit the Marty Center’s web site:

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