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Judaic Scholar Andrea Lieber Lectures, Leads Discussion at Gonzaga for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted on March 27, 2013 in: Academics, Events, Lectures

Andrea Lieber, Ph.D.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Andrea Lieber, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., will lecture and lead a discussion in two events at Gonzaga University on Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins the evening of Sunday, April 7 and ends the evening of Monday, April 8.

Professor Lieber will lecture and invite discussion on the topic, “What Does the Holocaust Mean to You?” – starting at 5:30 p.m., April 7 in the Foley Center Library, Teleconference Room. Her keynote lecture, “Reconfiguring Jewish Female Space in Judaism” begins at 7 p.m., April 8 in the Cataldo Hall Globe Room. Both events are free and open to the public.

After nearly 70 years, the Holocaust continues to have profound relevance today, both within the Jewish community and beyond. Professor Lieber will lead the discussion with GU students on what it means to all.

“Reconfiguring Female Space in Judaism” explores the relationship between gender and spirituality. While the feminist movement long ago challenged traditional ideas about gender in American society, Judaism still wrestles with these ideas today, both in Israel and in the United States, according to Professor Lieber. She will look at examples of contested female spaces – both real and virtual – and explore the way new and evolving ritual practices challenge the conventional boundaries between public and private spheres as women explore their spiritual identities.

Professor Lieber holds the Sophia Ava Asbell Chair of Judaic Studies at Dickinson College. Her work investigates the transformations of Judaism as a living religion and evolving culture from its origins in antiquity through its varied manifestations in the 20th century, including relations with early Christianity. Lieber is especially interested in Jewish mysticism (kabbalah), and women and gender roles in Jewish tradition. She recently published the “Essential Guide to Jewish Prayer and Practices” (Alpha Books/Penguin USA) about Jewish spirituality and traditions.

Co-sponsors of the lectures include Gonzaga’s Unity Multicultural Education Center, University Ministry, and the departments of religious studies, women and gender studies, international studies, as well as the office of the associate academic vice president.

For more information please contact Elizabeth Goldstein, assistant professor of religious studies, at (509) 313-6788 or Rebecca Marquis, assistant professor of modern languages at (509) 313-5583 or via email [marquis@gonzaga.edu].

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