Mirror of Justice

A blog dedicated to the development of Catholic legal theory.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Upcoming Murphy Institute Conferences: "Feminism, Law and Religion"

The Murphy Institute is going to be busy this spring semester.  Please join us in March for this one:


with keynote address by

Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton

presiding bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America



This two-day conference continues a conversation begun by feminist legal scholars and theologians, marked by the recent publication of Feminism, Law and Religion (Ashgate Press 2013, Failinger, Schiltz, and Stabile, eds), about the role that theology and religious law from diverse religions can play in the construction and critique of just law throughout the world.


Feminist Legal Theory- Religious and Secular Encounters

Emily Albrink Hartigan, St. Mary's University School of Law, Texas
Cheryl B. Preston, Brigham Young University School of Law, Utah
Elizabeth Schiltz, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minnesota
Susan Stabile, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minnesota

Domestic Violence, Religion and Law

Deborah Cantrell, University of Colorado Law School
Naomi Graetz, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Juliane Hammer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Feminist Readings of Theological Texts on Women's Concerns

Hina Azam, University of Texas
Marie Failinger, Hamline University School of Law, Minnesota
Asifa Quraishi-Landes, University of Wisconsin Law School
Frances Raday, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law

Reinterpreting Women's Roles and Women's Human Rights

Nimat Hafez Barazangi, Cornell University, New York
M. Christian Green, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta
Ayelet Shachar, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Women's Leadership Within Religious Communities

Sr. Sara Butler, University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois
Rebecca Redwood French, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
Mary Szto, Hamline University School of Law, Minnesota

Workshops on Emerging Scholarship in Feminism, Law, and Religion

These informal sessions provide an opportunity for scholars from varied disciplines to present their works-in-progress and are organized around these topics: Women's Leadership; Women and Human Rights Issues; Women, Religion, and U.S. politics; and Women in the Catholic Church: Emerging Issues.

Abigail Bartels, University of Notre Dame
Adena Berkowitz, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School
Naomi Cahn, The George Washington University Law School
Shlomo Chaim Pill, Emory University School of Law
Julia Ernst, University of North Dakota School of Law
Rev. Joseph Hurtuk, S.M., S.T.D., University of St. Thomas
Roberta Kwall, DePaul University College of Law Center for Jewish Law and Judaic Studies
Sandra Laguerta, First Things
Dana Lloyd, Syracuse University
Katie Mollen, Minnesota Catholic Council
Charles Reid, University of St. Thomas School of Law
Amy Ziettlow, Institute of American Values in New York City

First Female Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Rev. Elizabeth Eaton
Presiding Bishop,
Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America

Thursday, March 20,
7:00 p.m.

Woulfe Auditorium,
Anderson Student Center

University of
St. Thomas,
St. Paul campus

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton was elected as the ELCA's fourth presiding bishop at the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. She is the denomination's first female presiding bishop.

Eaton holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.


College of Arts and Sciences

Jay Philips Center for Interfaith Learning

Luann Dummer Center for Women

Muslim-Christian Dialogue Center

Siena Symposium for Women, Family, and Culture

Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy

Free and open to the public.

"Conversations in Feminism, Law, and Religion" has been approved for 9.75 Continuing- Legal- Education credits.




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