ROCK SPRINGS – The Western Wyoming Community College History Program and the Wyoming Humanities Council will sponsor a special daytime program, “Women in Judaism and Islam,” on Wednesday, April 15, at 11:30 a.m. in Room 1302 of the Rock Springs campus. University of Wyoming scholar and lecturer Seth Ward, Ph.D. will discuss problems and developments related to the roles and treatment of women in some traditional Jewish and Muslim communities. This program is open to members of the campus and the community.
Women’s roles have undergone dramatic changes throughout the world in the past decades, but women’s status issues remain controversial in many traditional religious societies. Ward’s discussion will focus on issues of education, leadership, honor killing and female genital cutting, legal testimony, marriage and divorce, military service, and much more.
Ward has been teaching at the University of Wyoming since January 2003. He teaches Islam and the Middle East in the Department of Religious Studies. Previously, Ward taught at the University of Denver, where he directed the Institute for Islamic-Judaic Studies. He came to the University of Denver after spending six years in Israel teaching at the University of Haifa and the Technion.
Ward received his academic degrees from Yale University, with additional studies at Hebrew University and at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His teaching has included courses on Islam, the Middle East, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, Encounters between Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Women in Judaism, The Splendor of Spain, Jewish Mysticism, and other topics. Ward initiated and taught the Arabic program at the University of Denver and has taught both Arabic and Hebrew at UW.
As a Wyoming Council for the Humanities Forum presenter, Ward has lectured on Islam, the Middle East and other issues in towns and community colleges throughout the state. He leads the UW Study Abroad program in Israel. Ward's academic interests include the Jews of Muslim Lands, Jewish-Muslim relations, Crypto-Jews, Mormon-Jewish relations (he is coeditor of a volume entitled Covenant and Chosenness in Judaism and Mormonism), and Islamic sacred and legal texts about Jews and Israel. He is widely published in a number of scholarly journals and blogs and has written about Synagogues and Churches under Islam.
Western Wyoming Community College is pleased to host this timely and enlightening program, which is co-sponsored by the History Program, the Wyoming Humanities Council, and Rev. Kay Grice of the First Congregational Church – United Church of Christ.