Dr. Anne Lapidus Lerner, assistant professor of Jewish literature at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and author of Eternally Eve: Images of Eve in the Hebrew Bible, Midrash, and Modern Jewish Poetry, will discuss “What Makes Literature Jewish?” at 7:30 p.m. on November 17 at Temple Sholom, 300 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich.
The program kicks off the 2009–2010 JTS Lecture Series in Greenwich, which attracts participants from many states and will focus, this year, on the theme of Jewish culture. Upcoming speakers include Sharon Liberman-Mintz, JTS curator of Jewish art, on January 12, 2010, and Dr. Barbara Mann, associate professor of Jewish Literature and Simon H. Fabian Chair in Hebrew Literature, on April 20, 2010.
Dr. Lerner, who is also founding director of JTS’s Jewish Gender and Women's Studies Program and director of the Jewish Feminist Research Group, has been a member of the faculty since 1969. She was the first woman to hold the post of vice chancellor at JTS and has also served as associate dean of The Graduate School of JTS and dean of the Albert A. List College of Jewish Studies of JTS. In March 2009, Dr. Lerner served as the organizer and chair of the groundbreaking conference "This Is My Prayer—Va'ani Tefillati: Jewish Women in Prayer," which brought together more than 300 women across the denominational spectrum to explore prayer in their lives.
Dr. Lerner teaches courses on the portrayal of women in Jewish literature, Hebrew and American Jewish poetry, and modern Jewish literature. Her publications include Who Hast 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. Dr. Lerner is also an editor of Gender and Text in Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature, published by JTS Press.
A dessert reception will follow the program. Admission is free; reservations are requested. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Joan Goodman, director of JTS’s Northeast Region, at (212) 678-8861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.