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#MeToo and the Church: Women and Religion Lecture to focus on responses to violence against women from Tamar to today

The biblical story of Tamar, daughter of King David, will serve as the jumping-off point for a conversation around the Church’s response to violence against women in the Women and Religion Lecture at Creighton University.

On April 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Harper Center, Room 3023, the Rev. Pamela Cooper-White, PhD, will deliver her lecture titled “Revisiting Tamar: Violence Against Women and the Church’s Response in the #MeToo Era.” In the biblical story, Tamar is raped by her half-brother, Amnon. King David, while furious over the rape, does nothing to punish his first-born son, Amnon, and Tamar is counseled not to speak of the assault.

In her talk, Cooper-White, the Christine Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion at the Union Theological Seminary, an Episcopal priest and a certified psychotherapist, will examine the enduring dynamics of violence against women from biblical times to today, and the Church’s role in intervention and prevention of such violence.

Cooper-White’s lecture is derived from the second edition of her 1995 book, The Cry of Tamar: Violence Against Women and the Church’s Response (2012), chosen as one of the Top Ten Books of the Year by the Academy of Parish Clergy.

Cooper-White is also the author of six other books, most recently Old and Dirty Gods: Religion, Antisemitism, and the Origins of Psychoanalysis, published in 2017.

The Women and Religion Lecture is sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Kripke Center for the Study of Religion and Society.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

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