Religion and Feminism: 5th Annual CU-DU Week of Jewish Philosophy

The Program in Jewish Studies at CU Boulder and the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver are pleased to welcome Professor Mara Benjamin, the chair of Jewish Studies and Irene Kaplan Leiwant Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Mount Holyoke, as the 2019 visiting scholar for the annual CU-DU Week of Jewish Philosophy. Benjamin will present two events on the CU Boulder and DU campuses on the theme Religion and Feminism.

Benjamin’s CU Boulder symposium, “Embodiment in Jewish Feminist Theology,” will take place April 10. Space is limited; location provided upon RSVP.

Can human bodies be holy? Can they help us understand the divine, or only separate us from it? In contesting the denigration of both corporeality and women in Western thought, feminist theologians have identified the embrace of embodiment as a central task. In the eyes of Jewish feminist thinkers, rabbinic texts and practices offer a mixed legacy for embarking on the project of reclaiming the role of the body. This seminar will examine embodiment as both obstacle and path to God, using Rachel Adler’s “Tumah and Taharah: Ends and Beginnings” (1976) and her later recantation of that essay, “In Your Blood, Live: Re-Visions of a Theology of Purity” (1993).

RSVP to the Boulder symposium via our Google form.

Note: All seats allotted for community members have been filled. Space at the colloquium is still available for CU/DU students, staff, and faculty.

Benjamin will also host a seminar at the University of Denver. “From Embodiment to Intersubjectivity: Rethinking Feminist Views on Maternity” will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11. Space is limited; location provided upon RSVP to

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Benjamin’s visit marks the fifth annual Week of Jewish Philosophy, a joint initiative presented by DU’s Center for Judaic Studies and CU’s Program in Jewish Studies. This event is cosponsored by the Department of Women and Gender Studies at CU Boulder.

Wednesday, April 10 at 11:30am to 1:00pm

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All seats allotted for community members have been filled. Space at the colloquium is still available for CU/DU students, staff, and faculty.

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