March 22, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray
Posted: March 22, 2002

MIDDLEBURY, VT - Professor Ross Shepard Kraemer of Brown University will give a lecture titled "Rehabilitating Salome: Blaming Jewish Women for the Death of John the Baptist" on Monday, April 8, at 7.30 p.m. in the auditorium of Middlebury College’s Twilight Hall on College Street (Route 125). Kraemer’s talk is the 14th annual Hannah A. Quint Lecture in Jewish Studies, and is free and open to the public.

Kraemer, who also teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, has written extensively on women’s religion in the Greco-Roman world, with a particular emphasis on Jewish women. Her widely used collection of primary sources, "Women’s Religions in the Greco-Roman World," will soon appear in a new edition published by Oxford University Press. She is also writing a new book for Oxford titled "Jewish Women in the Greco-Roman Diaspora." Her work draws on both literary sources and fresh examinations of ancient inscriptions and archeological remains.

The Hannah A. Quint Lecture in Jewish Studies was established in 1987 by Hannah A. Quint and her son Eliot Levinson of the Middlebury class of 1964. The mandate of the lectureship is to provoke thought in the College, the Middlebury community and the region on issues of the moment in Jewish history, religion and culture. The event is sponsored by the religion department of Middlebury College.

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