Middlebury

December 21, 2001

Contact:
Sarah Ray

802-443-5794

sray@middlebury.edu

Posted: November 7, 2001

MIDDLEBURY,
VT
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The role of women in religion, from Buddhism and Christianity to Judaism,
will be the topic of the fourth Charles P. Scott Symposium at Middlebury
College from Jan. 14-18. The event, titled "Women in Religion,"
includes a community forum featuring local religious leaders and four
lectures by speakers from a variety of institutions, including Harvard
Divinity School, the University of California, the University of Wisconsin,
and the Boston-based Jewish Women's Archive. Additional events related
to the symposium - a dance performance and a lecture - will take place
Jan. 19 and 23 respectively. All events are open to the public and, with
the exception of the dance performances, are free.

E.
Burke Rochford Jr., Middlebury College professor of sociology and religion,
organized the symposium. According to Rochford, faculty designed the curriculum
for the College's upcoming January semester so that four of the 108 courses
offered pertain to women in religion. Students taking any one of these
four courses also will participate in the symposium led by a nationally
recognized group of scholars.

"Because
each student takes one course in January, he or she truly can explore
a single subject from multiple angles," said Rochford.

The symposium will begin on Monday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m. with a community
forum, "Redefining Women of the Spirit: Reflections on Women in Religious
Life," in the Robert A. Jones House on Hillcrest Road off College
Street (Route 125). Local clergy participating in the panel discussion
will be: Catherine Nichols of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Middlebury;
Johanna Nichols of the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society;
Ira Schiffer, associate chaplain of Middlebury College and rabbi of Havurah
Addison County; Father John McDermott of the Catholic Center at the University
of Vermont (formerly of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church); and Jill Colley
of Vergennes United Methodist Church.

At
10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17, Ann Braude, director of the women's studies
in religion program and senior lecturer in American religious history
at the Harvard Divinity School, will give a lecture titled "Women's
History IS Religious History."

Later the same day at 1:30 p.m., Paula Nesbitt, visiting associate professor
of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley, will give a
talk on "Transforming Tradition: Women in Christianity in America."

On
Friday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m., the symposium will continue with a lecture
by Rita Gross, professor emerita of religion at the University of Wisconsin
at Eau Claire, on "Buddhism and Gender: Historical Perspectives and
Contemporary Issues."

At
1:30 p.m. that afternoon, Historian in Residence Karla Goldman of the
Jewish Women's Archive will give a discussion on "Beyond the Synagogue
Gallery: Men, Women and the Reframing of American Judaism."

All
lectures on Jan. 17 and 18 will take place in Room 216 of Bicentennial
Hall on Bicentennial Way off College Street (Route 125).

Events
related to the symposium include the Dance Company of Middlebury's performance
of the new work "Path" at 8 p.m. on Jan. 18-19, in the Center
for the Arts Dance Theatre on South Main Street (Route 30). Under the
direction of Middlebury College Professor of Dance Andrea Olsen, this
year's company will create a work that engages dance as a medium for environmental
awareness. "Path" includes commissioned, original music by composer
Mike Vargas, a lecturer and accompanist at the University of Colorado.

The
Saturday, Jan. 19, performance of "Path" will be preceded by
a 6:30 p.m. discussion on dance as a ritual with Olsen and Middlebury
College Professor of English and Environmental Studies John Elder.

The
environmental set designed by Robert Ferris and featuring representations
of the five elements will also be on display in the Dance Theatre Jan.
14-18, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Ferris is a painter and sculptor whose works
have been exhibited in galleries and museums nationwide, including the
Smithsonian American Art Museum. He has lived in Windsor, Vt., since 1971
and has collaborated with Olsen on previous occasions.

Another
related event, a gallery talk titled "Visualizing Ecstatic Experience
in the 17th Century: Tommaso Amantini's St. Teresa in Middlebury's Permanent
Collection," will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 4:30 p.m.
Middlebury College Professor of History of Art and

Architecture
John Hunisak will give the lecture in the Middlebury College Museum of
Art in the Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Route 30).

For
more information, contact Charlene Barrett of the Middlebury College religion
department at 802-443-5289.

To
follow are events calendar listings:

Events
Calendar Listings:

"Women
in Religion"

Middlebury College Charles P. Scott Symposium and Related Events

Jan. 14-23

Monday,
Jan. 14


7:30 p.m.

Community Forum: "Redefining Women of the Spirit: Reflections
on Women in Religious Life," panel discussion involving local clergy:
Catherine Nichols of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Middlebury; Johanna
Nichols of Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society; Ira Schiffer,
associate chaplain of Middlebury College and rabbi of Havurah Addison
County; Father John McDermott of the Catholic Center at the University
of Vermont (formerly at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church); and Jill Colley
of Vergennes United Methodist Church.

Middlebury College, Robert A. Jones House, Hillcrest Road off College
Street (Route 125)

Free



Thursday, Jan. 17


10 a.m.

Lecture: "Women's History IS Religious History" by Ann
Braude, director of the women's studies in religion program and senior
lecturer in American religious history, Harvard Divinity School

Middlebury College Bicentennial Hall, Room 216, Bicentennial Way off College
Street (Route 125)

Free

1:30
p.m.

Lecture: "Transforming Tradition: Women in Christianity in
America" by Paula Nesbitt, visiting associate professor of sociology,
University of California at Berkeley

Middlebury College Bicentennial Hall, Room 216, Bicentennial Way off College
Street (Route 125)

Free



Friday, Jan. 18


10 a.m.

Lecture: "Buddhism and Gender: Historical Perspectives and
Contemporary Issues" by Rita Gross, professor emerita of religion,
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Middlebury College Bicentennial Hall, Room 216, Bicentennial Way off College
Street (Route 125)

Free

1:30
p.m.

Lecture: "Beyond the Synagogue Gallery: Men, Women and the
Reframing of American Judaism" by Karla Goldman, historian in residence,
Jewish Women's Archive

Middlebury College Bicentennial Hall, Room 216, Bicentennial Way off College
Street (Route 125)

Free

8
p.m.

Dance Performance: "Path" performed by the Dance Company
of Middlebury is a new work directed by Middlebury College Professor of
Dance Andrea Olsen that engages dance as a medium for environmental awareness.
"Path" includes commissioned, original music by composer Mike
Vargas, a lecturer and accompanist at the University of Colorado.

Middlebury College Center for the Arts Dance Theatre, South Main Street
(Route 30).

Tickets are $5 for general admission and $4 for seniors. Contact the Middlebury
College Center for the Arts box office at 802-443-6433 for tickets and
information.



Saturday, Jan. 19


6:30 p.m.

Discussion followed by dance performance: A discussion about dance
as a ritual with Middlebury College Professors Andrea Olsen of dance and
John Elder of English and environmental studies will precede the evening
dance performance of "Path" at 8 p.m.

Middlebury College Center for the Arts Dance Theatre, South Main Street
(Route 30).

Free

8
p.m.

Dance Performance: "Path" performed by the Dance Company
of Middlebury is a new work directed by Middlebury College Professor of
Dance Andrea Olsen that engages dance as a medium for environmental awareness.
"Path" includes commissioned, original music by composer Mike
Vargas, a lecturer and accompanist at the University of Colorado. "Path"
will be preceded by a discussion at 6:30 p.m. about dance as a ritual.


Middlebury College Center for the Arts Dance Theatre, South Main Street
(Route 30).

Tickets are $5 for general admission and $4 for seniors. Contact the Middlebury
College Center for the Arts box office at 802-443-6433 for tickets and
information.



Wednesday, Jan. 23


4:30 p.m.

Gallery Talk: "Visualizing Ecstatic Experience in the 17th
Century: Tommaso Amantini's St. Teresa in Middlebury's Permanent Collection,"
Middlebury College Professor of History of Art and Architecture John Hunisak

Middlebury College Museum of Art, Center for the Arts Building, South
Main Street (Route 30)

Free



For more information, contact Charlene Barrett of the Middlebury College
religion department at 802-443-5289.