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Weekend in Quest 2018 Jewish Masculinity and Femininity in the Premodern World

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 6:00pm to Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 12:00pm
Weekend in Quest 2018
Jewish Masculinity and Femininity in the Premodern World
The twelfth annual Weekend in Quest, a Shabbaton (study weekend), will be held on the weekend of March 2-3-4, 2018 in Astoria, Oregon.
Weekend in Quest is sponsored by The Institute for Judaic Studies.
The 2018 scholars in residence will be Dr. Rena Lauer and her husband, Dr. Kevin (Yiftakh) Osterloh, both of Oregon State University.
Dr. Rena Lauer (PhD Harvard) studies minority life on the borders of medieval Christendom and cross-cultural contacts in the late medieval Mediterranean. Her current book project is a social history of the Jews of Venetian Crete in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, particularly through the lens of intra-Jewish litigation in the Venetian secular courtroom. At OSU, she teaches courses in medieval and early modern history, medieval world history, and Jewish studies.
Dr. Kevin Osterloh (PhD Princeton) specializes in ancient Judaica and the society and politics of the Greco-Roman world. His book project, Virtuous Sons of Abraham: Judean Identity in a Hellenistic World under Rome focuses on the reinvention of Jewish collective identity and ethnicity in the second-century BCE amidst a complex conversation between Jews, Greeks and Romans. At OSU, he teaches classes on the Greco-Roman Mediterranean, ancient Near East, ancient Judaism, and world religions.
Each of our scholars will present two lectures.  In his first lecture Dr. Osterloh will discuss “Masculine Mythologies and Diplomatic Realities: Jewish Foreign Policy in the Days of the Hasmoneans (Maccabees)”.  In his second lecture he will talk about “Jewish Manliness and the ‘Effeminate’ Greek: How Ancient Jews Imagined Self and Other”.  In her first lecture Dr. Lauer will discuss “How Medieval Jewish Women Fought (and Used) the Patriarchy”.   Her second lecture will be about “Converts, Lovers and Litigants: Finding the Women in Medieval Jewish-Christian Relations”.  We are very excited to have this stellar husband/wife team teach us about gender identity among Jews in the Mediterranean area in the ancient and medieval periods.   
Also included in the Shabbaton will be Shabbat services led by Rabbi Joshua Rose of Congregation Shaarie Torah, plus catered kosher-style meals including a festive Erev Shabbat dinner, Kiddush lunch and Saturday evening dinner.  Round-table discussions, social time and entertainment will also be woven into the experience.  The weekend promises to be a dynamic, spiritual and educational experience. Registration will open in October, 2017. 
Additional information is available at the event website,