Professor Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz at Vassar: Red Threads, Amulets,and Chewing Buttons: Are Modern Jewish Women Practicing Magic?
The Lawrence and Suzanne Fishman Lecture at Vassar College
This year's distinguished lecturer Professor Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz From the London School of Jewish Studies will discuss the topic
"Red Threads, Amulets,and Chewing Buttons: Are Modern Jewish Women Practicing Magic?"
Professor Taylor-Guthartz's recent research on Jewish women in London reveals a wide array of practices and customs that are still being used to protect babies, remove the evil eye, and keep the angel of death far away. Can these activities be described as magical? We will investigate Jewish and anthropological definitions of magic and see whether they match in order to come to a verdict.
This event is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, and is open free to the public Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility
Vassar College, Taylor Hall 203
124 Raymond Avenue
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604