Engendered Lives symposium to address the Bible and feminism

What do the Bible and feminism have to do with each other? Quite a lot, say Priscilla Pope Levison, Ph.D., and John R. Levison, Ph.D., from Seattle Pacific University. The Levisons are the keynote speakers for the Engendered Lives symposium presented by Trinity Western University’s Gender Studies Institute on March 31, 2011. Three waves of feminism, from the late nineteenth century to the present, have considered the Bible to be a critical text both for and against women’s liberation. The Levisons, a theologian and a biblical scholar, will briefly explore each wave's biblical interpretation.

The keynote address, The Bible and Feminism, will be followed by discussion. Prior to the keynote address, from 4 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., the Gender Studies institute will host a graduate student panel featuring selected research presentations. Both presentations are free and open to the public.

Priscilla Pope Levison, Ph.D., a graduate of DePauw University, Duke Divinity School, and the University of St. Andrews, is a Professor of Theology and Assistant Director of Women’s Studies at Seattle Pacific University.

Dr. John R. (Jack) Levison, Ph.D., a graduate of Wheaton College, Cambridge University, and Duke University, is Professor of New Testament at Seattle Pacific University. Their publications include Turn the Pulpit Loose: Two Centuries of American Women Evangelists; Return to Babel: Global Perspectives on the Bible; Jesus in Global Contexts; Evangelization in a Liberation Perspective; Texts in Transition: The Greek Life of Adam and Eve; Of Two Minds: Ecstasy and Inspired Interpretation in Early Judaism; The Spirit in First Century Judaism; Josephus’ Contra Apionem: Studies in its Character and Context with a Latin Concordance to the Portion Missing in Greek; and Portraits of Adam in Early Judaism: From Sirach to 2 Baruch.

Event at a glance

What: Engendered Lives: A Faculty and Graduate Student Symposium presented by Trinity Western University’s Gender Studies Institute
Who: Keynote address, The Bible and Feminism, presented by Priscilla Pope Levison, Ph.D., and John R. Levison, Ph.D., Seattle Pacific University
Where: Northwest Auditorium, Trinity Western University
Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free event open to public
RSVP: gendercafe@twu.ca

Graduate student panels

Panel 1: 4 – 5 p.m.
Break: Free coffee, tea, sandwiches, muffins and other snacks
Panel 2: 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

Featured graduate student conference presenters and papers

1. Pornography and Sexual Objectification - Kelly Schooten
2. (Extra)ordinary Leaders: Nurses Who Have Carved Out an Influence - Dorolen Wolfs
3. What about the Octomom? Nadya Suleman through the Eyes of Feminist Ethics - Melissa Suzuki
4. A Feminist, Evolutionary, and Psychological Conception of Polygamy - Stephanie Mclean
5. After Revolution: Rethinking Identity Formation and Social Transformation in the New Republic - Ryan Christison
6. Engendered Citizenship: Towards More Peaceful Ontopological Futures - Romalie Murphy
7. Women’s Higher Education in the Antebellum South: ‘A Perfect Paradise’ - Jessie VanderHeide
8. How Homly Ower Lord Was in Hyr Sowle: Gender and the Human-Divine Relationship in Late Medieval English Mysticism - Grete Norquist and Emily Hollingshead

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