As another installment in the “Hackney Library Celebrates Academic Achievement” series, the Library will host a book signing on Thursday, March 21 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in Hackney Library featuring Dr. Jane S. Webster, co-editor of the recently published book Lady Parts: Biblical Women and the Vagina Monologues (Wipf & Stock, 2012). Copies of the book will be available for purchase for $18 at the event (cash and checks made payable to Jane Webster will be accepted). The book signing is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
Dr. Webster, Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Barton College, contributed a monologue to the book in addition to serving as co-editor with Kathryn D. Blanchard, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Alma College in Michigan.
As the subtitle of the book implies, Lady Parts monologues provide some imaginative answers to the question “How might women in the Bible tell their stories if they were prompted to do so by Eve Ensler’s controversial play, The Vagina Monologues?” Written by a variety of authors—including scholars, students (some of whom are current Barton students and alumnae), clergy, and laywomen—these narratives are at times faithful or irreverent, tragic or even funny. All seek to give twenty-first-century voices to women in canonical texts who are often speechless, nameless, or otherwise marginalized, in an attempt to end religiously-sanctioned violence against women and girls.
At 6:00 pm during the event, Dr. Webster will describe the project and share a reading from the book. She will then introduce several students and alumnae, including Crystal Davis and Lizy Velazquez, who will perform their monologues.
Please join us in celebrating the academic scholarship not only of Barton College faculty but also of our students and alumnae as we take a look at the women of the Bible as reinterpreted by present-day women through the lens of The Vagina Monologues.
We hope to see you in Hackney Library on March 21, 2013!