Having a Wonderful Time . . .

An image from NWSA conference. . . wish more of us were here!

The National Women’s Studies Association conference we’ve been attending since Thursday has been a phenomenal experience for us! Although the Women’s Center at LPTS is not, it seems, a typical Women’s Center in some ways, as Women’s Centers in institutions of higher education go, in other ways we are really typical, and have a lot to gain by networking with directors, coordinators and staff of other Women’s Centers, as we were able to do at the Women’s Center pre-conference meeting on Thursday. For another, this has been an incredibly, unanticipatedly stimulating concatenation of people, ideas, scholarship, experiences, images, meaningful juxtapositions and almost bizarre coincidences (if I may be permitted to use that word — I know some readers will deny the existence of coincidences in this world, but so be it, you’ll know what I am trying to refer to, at least) and there will be plenty to think about, follow up on, and work through for months to come. I will try to say more about that, in a little more depth, in the next few posts.

We were fortunate that this year’s meeting, held in Cincinnati, is so close to home — reduces the pressure on the budget in funding transportation, lodging and per diem, and made the travel seem so — possible. Now that we know what the impact can be of attending a conference like this, it will probably start to seem essential.

So next year, we have already started thinking, it would be nice to be able to come with a few more people . . .

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About Ha_Qohelet

Ha_Qohelet is a transliteration of Hebrew definite article plus a feminine participle, all together meaning "the (feminine) one who assembles" or who calls together. Qohelet is the title of one of the books of the Hebrew Scripture, known in English as Ecclesiastes. The Women's Center at LPTS feels the epithet of Qohelet is a fitting one for what we do and are. The Women's Center is, indeed, a caller-together, a caller-to-wisdom, and an assembler -- of people, of ideas, of actions, and ultimately, we hope, of transformations in the world. In this context, Ha_Qohelet is the Director of the Women's Center, and Editor-in-Chief of Wimminwise.

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