September 21st, 2012
Julia Watts Belser, assistant professor of Judaism at Missouri State University will give a talk titled “Brides and Blemishes: Queering Women’s Disability in the Babylonian Talmud.” The talk will be held on October 4, 2012, from 5:00 to 6:20 p.m. in Mandel G12. The talk will be held in Professor Bernadette Brooten’s class “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Jews and Christians: Sources and Interpretations.”
Julia Watts Belser is an assistant professor at Missouri State University, focusing on rabbinic culture and Jewish ethics. She received her Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, as well as rabbinic ordination from the Academy for Jewish Religion, California. She recently completed her manuscript, Narrative Dialectics: Rabbinic Theology and Ecology in Bavli Taanit, and is now working on a new book project: Fashioning Catastrophe: Gender, Sexuality, and Ecology in Talmudic Disaster Tales. A strong advocate for disability rights and women’s health, she co-authored A Health Handbook for Women with Disabilities, published by the Hesperian Foundation and distributed to grassroots groups and health workers around the world.