POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Author and rabbinical college professor Lori Hope Lefkovitz will discuss "Bedrooms and Battlefields: The Hebrew Bible and Myths of Jewish Masculinity and Femininity," on Tuesday, March 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the Sanders Classroom Building auditorium. This Dr. Maurice Sitomer Annual Lecture at Vassar College is free and open to the public.
Lefkovitz will look closely at a number of Bible stories in which women achieve unlikely political or military victories. "With a little whining, Delilah undoes Samson, a hero who is so strong that he can rip a lion with his bare hands and single-handedly defeat an army," she noted. "In the Book of Judges, Yael defeats the powerful enemy general, Sisera, gently, in the confines of her tent." In addition, Lefkovitz will address how biblical depictions of men and women shape modern-day ethnic and gender stereotypes.
Dr. Lefkovitz is the Sadie Gottesman and Arlene Gottesman Reff professor of gender and Judaism at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) in Wyncote, PA. At RRC,
Lefkovitz is also the founding director of Kolot: The Center for Jewish Women's and Gender Studies, which offers courses, pastoral education, faculty education, and certification in gender and Judaism and Jewish women's studies. She was earlier an associate professor of English at Kenyon College.
Lefkovitz's publications include Shaping Losses: Cultural Memory and the Holocaust, Textual Bodies: Changing Boundaries of Literary Representation, and The Character of Beauty in the Victorian Novel. Her articles, book chapters, and reviews have appeared in Lilith, The Reconstructionist, Hebrew University Studies in Literature and the Arts and The Kenyon Review.
A 2004 Fulbright professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Lefkovitz's honors also include an academic fellowship at the Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis, a Golda Meir post-doctoral fellowship at Hebrew University, and a dissertation fellowship from the Women's Studies Division of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. She earned a B.A. from Brandeis University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University.
The Dr. Maurice Sitomer Lecture Fund was established at Vassar College in 1984 with a gift from Arlene Sitomer to honor her late husband. Dr. Sitomer was a community leader in Poughkeepsie, with a strong appreciation for the college. The purpose of this fund is to invite speakers to the campus who enlighten, inspire, and encourage understanding of Jewish culture and concerns.
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