JTS Expert on Eve to Serve as Scholar-in-Residence in Stamford

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December 31, 2008, Stamford, CT

Dr. Anne Lapidus Lerner, assistant professor of Jewish Literature at The Jewish Theological Seminary and the author of Eternally Eve: Images of Eve in the Hebrew Bible, Midrash, and Modern Jewish Poetry, will serve as scholar-in-residence on Friday, January 9, and Saturday, January 10, at Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Road, Stamford. Her three presentations will focus on the topic, “So You Thought You Knew All About Eve.”

Dr. Lerner is also the director and founder of the Jewish Women's Studies Program and director of the Jewish Feminist Research Group at JTS. A member of the JTS faculty since 1969, Dr. Lerner teaches courses in Hebrew and American Jewish poetry, modern Jewish literature, and the portrayal of women in Jewish literature. In addition, she leads a seminar on the Jewish life cycle for rabbinical school students. Previously, she served as associate dean of The Graduate School, dean of Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies, and vice chancellor, the first woman to hold that post.

Dr. Lerner's publications include Who Has Not Made Me a Man: The Movement for Equal Rights for Women in American Judaism, which has become a classic study of the interaction between the second wave of American feminism and Judaism. She is an editor of the volume Gender and Text: Feminist Approaches to Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature, and was codirector of the Gender and Text Conference held at JTS in 1990. Dr. Lerner serves on the editorial boards of Women's League Outlook, Hadassah, Judaism, Nashim, and Lilith. During the 2001–2002 academic year, Dr. Lerner was visiting lecturer and research associate at Harvard University Divinity School's Women's Studies in Religion program. In 2002, she was named a Woman of Distinction by the Women's League for Conservative Judaism.

Dr. Lerner earned bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. She received a bachelor's degree in Jewish Education and a master's degree in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew College in Boston.

Further information about the scholar-in-residence Shabbat is available by calling Al Treidal at (203) 322-6901.