November 13th, 2012
Thursday, December 6: ECS Chocolate Cake Lecture
5pm Mandel Humanities Reading Room (Level 3)
“The Debate About Infant Male Circumcision”
Professor Sander Gilman, Emory University
The recent debates about infant male circumcision in Germany and California have highlighted what is an older and more complicated discussion of ritual versus rights. This debate was of particular importance in Germany beginning in the Enlightenment as it defined the boundaries of acceptable practice for Jews in their new role as full citizens of a national state. Today’s debate (unlike that of the 18th century) stresses the need for collaboration between Jews and Muslims in the contemporary world in redefining what it takes to make a good citizen.
Sander L. Gilman is a distinguished professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University. A cultural and literary historian, he is the author or editor of over eighty books.