Feminist theologist Rosemary Radford Ruether to talk at FIU March 19

The Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment is hosting a talk with Rosemary Radford Ruether, one of the world’s leading feminist theologians, March 19.

It is scheduled for 6p.m. in the FIU Barnes & Noble Bookstore. It is free and open to the public.

The lecture, titled “Voices of Feminist Liberation: The History and Future of Women and Religion,” will address the past, present, and future of scholarship and activism in the realms of women, gender and religion.

Radford RuetherBorn in Minnesota and raised in California, Radford Ruether earned a Bachelor’s degree in philosphy from Scripps College in 1958.  She went on to earn a Master’s degree in ancient history and Ph.D. in classics and patristics from Claremont Graduate School in 1965. For three decades, she has enjoyed a distinguished career as a scholar, professor, author and activist. Ruether is a critic of war and an advocate of women’s ordination. She describes herself as a follower of the ecofeminist movement which connects the exploitation and domination of women with that of the environment. Ruether has also referred to God in the feminine as “Gaia” and has served as a board member for the pro-choice group “Catholics for Choice.” She most recently joined the international group of Catholic Scholars who, in their Jubilee Declaration, demanded reform of authority in the Catholic Church. Ruether is currently a Visiting Professor of Feminist Theology at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University.

The event is co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Center, the Exile Studies Program in the Department of English, Theta Alpha Kappa, FIU Alumni Association and WPBT2.

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