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Jewish Feminist/Scholar to Deliver Klutznick Lecture

February 16, 2009 | by Wendy Leopold
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Jewish scholar and feminist Tova Hartman will deliver the Phillip M. and Ethel Klutznick Lecture Wednesday, March 4, at Northwestern University.

Titled "Gender, Judaism and Freud: Confessions of an Orthodox Feminist," Hartman's free and public lecture is sponsored by Northwestern's Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. It will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Pick-Staiger Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, on the Evanston campus.

In her first book, "Appropriately Subversive: Modern Mothers in Traditional Religions," Hartman explored how American Catholic and Israeli Jewish women balance and blend their roles as mothers and believers. In her second book, "Feminism Encounters Traditional Judaism: Resistance and Accommodation," she explored the relationship between contemporary feminist thought and Jewish tradition.

Hartman, who teaches at Israel's Bar Ilan University, wrote her Harvard University dissertation with American feminist and psychologist Carol Gilligan. Hartman, who worked as a clinician at the Jerusalem Counseling Center, is a co-founder of Shira Hadasha, an Orthodox feminist synagogue in Jerusalem in which women can read from the Torah and lead services in front of men.

In 1986, Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick established the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, they provided funds for an annual lecture, with the co-sponsorship of the University and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

Online registration for Hartman's free, public lecture is available at http://www.juf.org. For further information, call (847) 491-2612.
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