On October 20, 2021, in honor of decades of courageous leadership of Evelyn Torton Beck, Ph.D., LGBTQ-RAN hosted an intergenerational conversation between Dr. Beck and Zohar Weiman-Kelman, Ph.D. This dialogue remembered the journey, struggles and progress we've made in queer religious history, as well as looked at the road ahead.
Evelyn “Evi” Torton Beck, Ph.D. is a pre-eminent Jewish lesbian feminist thinker and writer. Her ground-breaking--now classic--book, Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology used poetry, essays, photographs and short stories to give voice to previously invisible women from the U.S. and abroad who identified as both Jewish and lesbian.
Read a full biography of Evi Beck on her profile page.
Zohar Weiman-Kelman, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. They are the author of Queer Expectations: A Genealogy of Jewish Women's Poetry from SUNY press in 2018, which offers a queer genealogy based in nonlinear transmissions, affective connections and cross-temporal encounters between poets in multiple languages.
This event is part of our Queering Our Roots campaign this fall, celebrating LGBTQ-RAN's 20th anniversary. This campaign will honor five elders of LGBTQ+ religious movements in the U.S. as well as highlight the rich history that LGBTQ-RAN has gathered over these years.
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Beck, Evelyn "Evi" Torton | Jewish (ethnic, Reform, Reconstructionist, Orthodox) | Feminism | Women and Religion | Author/editor