Women's Studies Fair

Upcoming Events

SPRING 2017

 

Interfaith Conversations on Women's Spirituality

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The Women’s and Gender Studies Program is pleased to announce a new event series, “Interfaith Conversations on Women’s Spirituality.” This series is conceptualized as a way to showcase women’s voices, honor the role spirituality plays in women’s lives, contemplate the complexity of women’s experiences of spirituality, and celebrate the religious diversity of Huntsville and North Alabama. All events are free and open to the public, but reservations are required for the “Interfaith Panel and Community Conversation." Reserve here.

 

Keynote Lecture and Coffeehouse

Our series begins with the visit of Dr. Judith Plaskow and Dr. Carol Christ, who are traveling to UAH as eminent scholars with the support of the UAH Humanities Center.

In addition to visiting several classes, Plaskow and Christ will give a keynote lecture, “Goddess and God in the World: Conversations on Women’s Spirituality,” on Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m., in Chan Auditorium of the Business Administration Building. They will also hold a Coffeehouse event, “Conversations about the Divine in the Modern World,” on Wednesday, March 29, 10-11:30 a.m., in Wilson Hall Art Gallery, which will allow for more informal interaction and conversation.

Plaskow and Christ are leading theologians in feminist spirituality and are particularly expert in examining the continuities between their own very different faith traditions: Plaskow’s Judaism and Christ’s goddess-centered spiritual practice. They have recently co-written their third book together, Goddess and God in the World: Conversations in Embodied Theology (2016), from which their UAH lectures will be drawn. Plaskow is Professor Emerita of Religious Studies, Manhattan College, and Christ was a tenured full professor at San Jose State University, before leaving traditional academia and moving to Greece to direct the Ariadne Institute for the Study of Myth and Ritual. Dr. Plaskow and Dr. Christ met and began their scholarly collaborations as Ph.D. students at Yale University in the 1970s.

 

Concert

The Huntsville Feminist Chorus annual spring concert also explores women’s spirituality. The concert, titled “All of Us,” will be on Saturday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Roberts Recital Hall. Please note: this is a different venue than the past several Huntsville Feminist Chorus concerts at UAH.

This program explores how the uniqueness of every human being can be brought together in shared aspirations to create something bigger and spiritually deeper than any one individual. Through a diverse array of musical expressions the Huntsville Feminist Chorus engages itself and the audience in conversations of the soul.

This will be the 22nd spring concert at UAH, honoring women’s history. HFC was formed in 1993. Its mission is to “open hearts and minds through song.”

 

Interfaith Panel and Community Conversation

Our event series concludes with an Interfaith Panel and Community Conversation, co-sponsored by the UAH Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. This event, which will focus on “Experience, Identity, and Action” in women’s spirituality, will be on Tuesday, April 4, 6-8 p.m., in UAH’s Exhibit Hall in the Conference Training Center (formerly known as the University Center).

The panel will feature local women of diverse faith traditions sharing their experiences about how their spirituality shapes their lives. All guests will then engage in roundtable conversations on topics including Reconciling Religious Identities and Experiences, Practicing Religion in a Secular World, Faith and Social Action, Spirituality Outside the Boxes, Religious Tradition in an Interfaith Community, and Gender, Sexuality, and Religion.

This event will feature vegetarian heavy hors d’oeuvres  with options appropriate for guests of diverse faith traditions. People of all genders are welcome participants. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required. Reserve here.

 

Participants are encouraged to attend one or all of the events in this series! For additional information, please contact the Women's and Gender Studies Program Office at 256.824.6190 or wgs@uah.edu.