Brueggeman Center hosts Women in World Religions

Conference aims to rethink role of women for the 21st century | October 7, 2003

On Sunday, Oct. 26, the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue is hosting “Women in World Religions: Rethinking Their Role for the 21st Century.” Free and open to the public, the conference discusses the changing roles and status of women and the implications of these changes on past, present and future societies. Specialists in religion and in women’s studies—both from Xavier and from other universities and organizations—will serve as panelists and speakers throughout the day.

Held at the Cintas Center, the conference agenda includes discussions of issues such as: the controversial/problematic role and status of women among religious communities throughout the world, and the conservative nature of religious institutions versus the appeal of many religious voices for changing the role and status of women in society.

Beginning at 1:00 p.m., Christine Gudorf, professor and graduate program director in the department of religious studies at Florida International University in Miami, opens the conference with a discussion of “The Role of Women in World Religions: the Status Quo.”

At 2:30 p.m., Yaffa Eliach, Brooklyn College, N.Y.; Diana Hayes, Georgetown University; and Azza Karam, World Conference on Religion and Peace in New York City, present responses from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities.

At 4:00 p.m., Laura Donaldson, Cornell University, N.Y.; Rita Gross, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; and Layli Miller-Muro, Tahirih Justice Center, Falls Church, Va., present responses from the Native American, Buddhist and Baha’i communities.

The conference includes a dinner to honor Joseph Bracken, S.J., for his work in leading the Brueggeman Center since its inception. The reception is at 5:30 p.m. at the Schiff Family Conference Center, followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m.

At 7:00 p.m., three Xavier faculty members—Nancy Bertaux, department of economics and human resources; Kandi Stinson, department of political science/sociology; and Carol Winkelmann, department of English—present responses from other academic disciplines.

The conference has received support from the International Visitors Council of Greater Cincinnati, the National Council for International Visitors and the U.S. Department of State, department of public affairs.

The cost of the dinner and reception is $35. Dinner choices are Cajun red snapper, pasta primavera vegetarian-style, and pasta primavera with grilled chicken breast. To attend, send a check with specified dinner choice to the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, 3800 Victory Parkway, ML 4442, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207, by Wednesday, Oct. 15.

For more information, contact the Brueggeman Center at 513 745-3922.