Department of Religion Professor Jeremy Schipper will be the keynote speaker at the Institute on Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp in Belgium, March 31 – April 2, 2014. More information about this event can be found here.

“The conference “ ‘Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind’ Disability in Jewish Thought and Culture” aims to bring people together who in their research address the theology, history and practical experience of disability and Judaism. We will focus both on rabbinical theological debates, on practical implementation of religious beliefs and on the genuine experience of disability in the Jewish community, in order to understand the many tensions that arise between the different traditional sources themselves and between orthodoxy and practice. The conference will focus on – although certainly not limit itself to – the meaning of deafness, and disabilities connected to childhood and old age in these discussions.”