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LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD:

A symposium celebrating the Lilith magazine archives
and Jewish feminist collections at Brandeis University
March 26 - 27, 2017

Join us as we look at Lilith's "independent, Jewish, and frankly feminist" history in the context of 40 years of its archives--manuscripts, photographs, letters, cover art, notes, draft, and much more, spanning approximately 70 linear feet and forming a cornerstone of Jewish feminist archival collections in the Brandeis Library.

KINDLY R.S.V.P. HERE: warnke@brandeis.edu.




SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, MARCH 26
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

The afternoon will feature a wide-ranging conversation on themes that Lilith magazine has explored in over four decades of feminist transformation. A panel of outstanding writers and activists will discuss Jewish women's memoirs (including some of the darker stories); holding a feminist lens to Jewish texts; the power of fiction to shape perceptions; new paths for LGBTQ Jews; the persistence of prejudice and stereotypes; and new rituals and celebrations for the landmarks of women's lives. Moderated by Susan Weidman Schneider '65, editor-in-chief and a founding mother of Lilith.

Panel Discussion
3:00 - 5:00 pm

WELCOME
Lisa M. Lynch, Provost and Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy

INTRODUCTION
Joyce Antler, Professor Emerita of American Studies and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Brandeis University

"MILESTONES IN JEWISH FEMINISM" 
Susan Weidman Schneider '65, editor-in-chief and founding mother of Lilith

PANEL DISCUSSION WITH Q & A

Moderator: Susan Weidman Schneider '65

Panelists:

  • Susan Schnur, "recovering" rabbi, psychotherapist, and writer
  • Idit Klein, founder and executive director of Keshet, working for LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life
  • Rachel Kadish, prize-winning novelist
  • Lori Lefkovitz '77, Ruderman Professor and Director of the Jewish Studies Program and Director of the Humanities Center at Northeastern University

RECEPTION
Following the panel, attendees will have the opportunity to continue the conversation with panelists and each other at a festive reception celebrating the magazine's 40th anniversary and the Lilith archives' new home in the Brandeis Library.
A toast will be led by Elaine Reuben '63.


MONDAY, MARCH 27
Archives & Special Collections, Goldfarb Library

Conversation with Susan Weidman Schneider '65
1:30 pm

Join Susan Weidman Schneider '65, Lilith editor-in-chief, for a special conversation in the archives as she takes us through the Lilith collection and shares the stories of its founding, the major themes it explored, the barriers it broke, and much more.


Sponsored by the following units of Brandeis University:

  • American Studies
  • Journalism
  • Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation
  • Creative Writing
  • English and American Literature 
  • Hadassah-Brandeis Institute
  • International Center for Ethics, Justice & Public Life
  • Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
  • Office of Alumni Relations
  • Office of the Provost
  • Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism
  • Women's Studies Research Center
  • Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • University Archives & Special Collections

& generously supported by Elaine Reuben ’63.