In this course we will read and explore the creation texts of the three traditions of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, with an eye to alternative constructions of gender and sexuality. An integral part of the course will be close readings and partner study, employing a queer interfaith adaptation of the traditional pedagogy of the bet midrash and madrasa. We hope that this will be a step towards developing an interfaith hermeneutics of reconciliation and cooperation.
For more information about the course, contact Becky Leyser, 510-845-6232 ext. 114; [email protected]. This course is administered through the Graduate Theological Union.
SVARA is able to offer tuition and travel scholarships. Money need not be a factor in your decision to apply. Please contact Amy ‘afo’ Fornari at [email protected] if you are interested.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 am – 1 pm
Friday 1 pm – 5 pm
Evening Lecture Series
Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Below is information on the free evening lecture series. If you cannot join us for the class, we would love to have you share an evening of thought and learning.
Tuition: $150 [Auditor’s Fee]
We have ample travel and tuition scholarships, and money need not be a factor in your decision to apply.
Tuesday, January 17: Dr. Ghazala Anwar, Lecturer in Religious Studies, School of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand (more info at http://www.phil.canterbury.ac.nz/people/anwar.shtml)
Wednesday, January 18: Dr. Ken Stone, Professor of Hebrew Bible at Chicago Theological Seminary, (more info athttp://www.chgosem.edu/academic/facultyid13.php)
Thursday, January 19: Dr. Daniel Boyarin, Hermann P. and Sophia Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture, Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric, University of California at Berkeley, (more info at http://neareastern.berkeley.edu/boyarin/)
Each Lecture will take place from 6:30-8:00 p.m.in the Fireside Room at Starr King School for the Ministry (2441 LeConte Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709).
Free and open to the public and wheelchair accessible. This lecture series is in conjunction with a weeklong course offered at the Graduate Theological Union.
The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry
The Islamic Task Force of the Graduate Theological Union
The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies
The Starr King School for the Ministry
School of Philosophy and Religious Studies, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva Dedicated to the Serious Study of Talmud.