Upcoming Jew Dub Events: Circumcision and War Brides (not circumcision of War Brides)

Jew Dub offers the following learning opportunities to the community:

Circumcision as a Human Rights Issue: A Panel Discussion«
On March 4th, 2013 from 7:00-9:00 pm

Organizer: Stroum Jewish Studies Program
Phone: 206-543-0138
Email: jewishst@uw.edu
Venue: HUB 332 on the UW Campus

Panelists:
Robin Judd
Thomas Schmidt
Bettina Shell-Duncan
Moderator:
Michael Rosenthal

Background:

Is Circumcision a violation of the human right to bodily integrity? Or is it protected under the human right that guarantees freedom liberty of religion? Is it primarily a medical or is it a cultural practice? Recent events have brought these issues into the news. In Germany last year an appellate court criminalized the non-medical circumcision of children. In Africa the World Health Organization now advocates a policy of medical male circumcision in order to prevent the spread of HIV, at the same time as it works to stop female genital cutting. In 2011 a proposal to ban male circumcision was placed on the ballot in San Francisco. What is new about these current debates and what can we learn from the past? The panel of experts will approach current controversies from three different disciplines—anthropology, history, and philosophy—to start an informed conversation. Please join us.

Participant Bios:
Robin Judd is an associate Professor of History at Ohio State University. She is the author of Contested Rituals: Circumcision, Kosher Butchering, and German-Jewish Political Life in Germany, 1843-1933, published by Cornell University Press.

Thomas Schmidt is Professor of the Philosophy of Religion at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany. He is the editor of the forthcoming Religion and Secularization: An Interdisciplinary Guide [in German], published by J. B. Metzler Verlag.

Bettina Shell Duncan is Professor of Anthropology and Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington. She is the co-editor of Transcultural Bodies: Female Genital Cutting in Global Context, published by Rutgers University Press.

Michael Rosenthal is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Washington.

and the following day…

Campus Talk: Prof. Robin Judd on “What’s Love Got To Do With It? Jewish War Brides, Soldier Husbands, and Postwar European History”

March 5th, 2013 from 2:30-3:30 pm
Organizer: Stroum Jewish Studies Program
Phone: 206-543-0138
Email: jewishst@uw.edu
Venue: Simpson Center – CMU 202 on the UW Campus

Summary:“What’s Love Got To Do With It? Jewish War Brides, Soldier Husbands, and Postwar European Jewish History” explores the complicated relationships among some librated Jewish women and American, British, and Canadian victors. To do so, it will study an understudied population, namely the Jewish female survivors in postwar Europe who married American, Canadian, and British military personnel. It will examine the women and it will engage with their interactions with one another, with the Jewish and non-Jewish men they married, and with the different associations that strove to assist them. By studying Jewish war brides, this paper will provide unique insight into the transnational and gendered character of an understudied group of survivors of the Nazi persecution.

Light refreshments will be served.

Bio: Robin Judd (Phd, University of Michigan) has served on the faculty of the History Department of the Ohio State University since 2000. Currently the director of the Graduate Studies Program of the History Department, she also serves as an associate member of the Melton Center for Jewish Studies, the Women’s/Gender Studies Department, and the Center for the Study of Religion. Professor Judd is the author of Contested Rituals: Circumcision, Kosher Butchering, and German-Jewish Political Life in Germany, 1843-1933 (Cornell University Press) and a number of articles concerning Jewish history, gender history, and ritual behavior. She has received several research fellowships and grants including a Fulbright, NEH summer stipend, DAAD, Lady Davis Award, Coca Cola grant for Critical Difference, and the American Historical Association’s Schmidt award. She is the recipient of two teaching awards: the History Department’s Clio award and the College of Arts and Science’s Rodica Botoman Award

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