Terrence J. Murphy Institute

for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy

Conversations in Feminism, Law, and Religion

Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will deliver the keynote address for this groundbreaking two-day conference on the University of St. Thomas St. Paul campus.

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Date/Time

Thursday, March 20, 1:15pm - Friday, March 21, 5:30pm

Location

Woulfe Auditorium, Anderson Student Center, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul campus.


Cost

Free and open to the public. Approved for 9.75 Continuing-Legal-Education credits.

Approved for 9.75 Continuing-Legal-Education credits.

Thurs. March 20, 2014,  Workshop Sessions: 3.25 credits, Event Code: 187640

Fri.,  March 21, 2014, Panel Discussions: 6.5 credits, Event Code: 184871

 


Watch the Keynote Address here

This program continues a conversation begun by feminist legal scholars and theologians and marked by the recent publication of Feminism, Law, and Religion (Ashgate Press 2013, Failinger, Schiltz and Stabile, eds.) about the role that theology and religious law from diverse religions can play in the construction and critique of just law throughout the world. Download printable program schedule (PDF).

Thursday, March 20, 2014
WORKSHOPS ON EMERGING SCHOLARSHIP IN FEMINISM, LAW, AND RELIGION

These sessions provide an opportunity for scholars from varied disciplines to present their works-in progress on feminism, law and religion in a workshop setting. Conference participants are welcome to join in any of these conversations. 

WELCOME FROM CONFERENCE CHAIRS: Marie Failinger, Elizabeth Schiltz, and Susan Stabile

1:15-2:30 p.m.: WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP

Adena Berkowitz,  Visiting Lecturer, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in New York, An Enigma Wrapped in a Mystery: What Jewish Tradition and One's Soul Tells You about Women Saying Kaddish

Roberta Kwall,  DePaul University College of Law Center for Jewish Law and Judaic Studies, The Cultural Analysis Paradigm: Women and Synagogues Ritual as a Case Study

Shlomo Chaim Pill, SJD Candidate, Emory University School of Law, Arguing Tradition: Contours of Legal and Meta-legal Interpretation in the Debate of Female Ritual Leadership in Judaism and Islam

MODERATOR: Naomi Graetz, Ben Gurion University of the Negrev, Israel 

2:30-2:45 p.m.:  BREAK

2:45-4:00 p.m.:  WOMEN AND HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES 

Julia L. Ernst,  University of North Dakota School of Law, Religious Law and Women’s Human Rights: Reflections upon the African Human Rights System

Dana Lloyd, Ph.D. Candidate, Syracuse University, Between Law and Religion: On Women’s Dignity

Rev. Amy Ziettlow, Institute for American Values in New York City and
Naomi Cahn, The George Washington University Law School, Honor your Father, Mother, Stepmother, Stepfather, Mother’s Partner… Reciprocity in 21st Century Elder Care and Law

MODERATOR: Meg Wilkes Karraker, University of St. Thomas  

4:00-4:15 p.m.:  BREAK

4:15-5:00 p.m.:  Concurrent sessions- choose Session A or B

Session A:  WOMEN, RELIGION, AND U.S. POLITICS

Charles Reid, University of St. Thomas School of Law, The Religious Roots of the Seneca Falls Declaration

Abigail Bartels, Student, University of Notre Dame, The Gender Gap

MODERATOR: M. Christian Green, Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University School of Law 

Session B:  WOMEN IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: EMERGING ISSUES 

Sandra Laguerta, First Things Magazine, Should We Have a Theology of Women at All?

Kathryn Mollen, Minnesota Catholic Conference, Roles for Women in the Catholic Church 

Rev. Joseph C. Hurtuk, S.M., S.T.D., University of St. Thomas, The Role and Place of Women in the Ministry and Resurrection of Jesus: An Analysis

MODERATOR:  Deborah Savage, Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas

5:00-6:45 p.m. RECEPTION FOR WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS (Hearth Room)


7 p.m. to 8 p.m.  KEYNOTE ADDRESS  (Woulfe Alumni Hall)

Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Welcome by Dr. Julie H. Sullivan, President of the University of St. Thomas 


 

Friday, March 21, 2014 

8:00-8:45 a.m. BUFFET BREAKFAST

8:45-9:00 a.m.   WELCOME

Rob Vischer, Dean of University of St. Thomas School of Law

9:00-10:30 a.m. FEMINIST LEGAL THEORY- RELIGIOUS AND SECULAR ENCOUNTERS

Emily Albrink Hartigan, St. Mary’s University School of Law, What is the Matter with Antigone?

Cheryl B. Preston, Brigham Young University Law School,  Deconstructing Equality in Religion

Elizabeth R. Schiltz, University of St. Thomas School of Law,   A Contemporary Catholic Theory of Complementarity

Susan J. Stabile, University of St. Thomas School of Law, The Catholic Church and Women:  The Divergence Between What is Said and What is Heard 

MODERATOR: Deborah Cantrell, University of Colorado Law School 

10:30-10:45 a.m. BREAK

10:45 to 12 p.m. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, RELIGION AND LAW

Deborah Cantrell, University of Colorado Law School, With Compassion and Lovingkindness:  One Feminist Buddhist’s Exploration of Feminist Domestic Violence Advocacy

Naomi GraetzBen- Gurion University of the Negev, Israel,  Jewish Law: The Case of Wifebeating

Juliane Hammer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Men are the Protectors of Women”:  Negotiating Marriage, Feminism, and (Islamic) Law in American Muslim Efforts Against Domestic Violence

MODERATOR: Cheryl Preston, Brigham Young University Law School 

12:00 - 1 p.m.  BUFFET LUNCH

1:00-2:30 p.m.  FEMINIST READINGS OF THEOLOGICAL TEXTS ON WOMEN'S CONCERNS

Hina Azam, University of Texas at Austin, Competing Approaches to Rape in Islamic Law

Asifa Quraishi-Landes, University of Wisconsin Law School, A Meditation on Mahr, Modernity and Muslim Marriage Contract Law

Marie Failinger, Hamline University School of Law,  Co-creating the Family:  A Lutheran View of Marriage and Divorce Law

Frances Raday, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law, Modesty Disrobed - Gendered Modesty Rules Under the Monotheistic Religions

MODERATOR: Juliane Hammer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

2:30-2:45 p.m. BREAK

2:45-4:00 p.m. REINTERPRETING WOMEN'S ROLES AND WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS

Nimat Hafez Barazangi, Cornell University, Why Muslim Women are Re-interpreting the Qur’an and Hadith:  A Transformative Scholarship-Activism

M. Christian Green,  Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University School of Law, From Third Wave to Third Generation:  Feminism, Faith and Human Rights

MODERATOR: Asifa Quraishi-Landes, University of Wisconsin Law School

4:00-5:15 p.m. WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP WITHIN RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES

Sr. Sara Butler,  University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Catholic Women and Equality: Women in the Code of Canon Law

Rebecca Redwood French, State University of New York Buffalo School of Law, The Sakyadhita Movement, Buddhist Law and the Position of Buddhist Nuns

Mary Szto, Hamline University School of Law, Chinese Women Lawyers and Judges as Priests

MODERATOR: Martha Stortz, Augsburg College

5:15-5:30 p.m.  CLOSING REMARKS


Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences; Jay Philips Center for Interfaith Learning; Luann Dummer Center for Women; Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center; Siena Symposium for Women, Family, and Culture; and the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy.

First Female Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will give the keynote address at 7pm, Thursday, March 20, Woulfe Alumni Hall.