Wednesday, December 6
12:00-1:30 pm, 207 UB Commons, Gender Institute, North Campus

Marla Segol, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, will present  “Sacred Sexuality in North America: Roots and Shoots,” a chapter in progress from her book project.

In this essay Segol compares models for sex magic ritual, from late antique, medieval and contemporary sources. The first part of this paper examines Jewish esoteric sources from late antiquity to early modernity. This includes the 5th-7th C Shiur Qomah (Measurement of the divine body), The Sefer Bahir (Book of Clarity) which includes at least two layers, dating to the early 10 and 12 C, the 13 C Zohar, and finally Moshe Cordovero’s 16 C the Prayer of Moses. The second part of this paper examines how-to books written by women, including Tantra for Dummies and Barbara Carellas’ Urban Tantra. The third section analyzes Segol's interviews with women teaching sacred sexuality. These divisions show the ancient and medieval roots of sex magic in the discourses that model it, and how contemporary women change some of its applications in the context of New Age Religion.



December 14, 2:00 – 4:00 pm 
207 UB Commons, UB North Campus    
Please join us as we showcase our new Art Gallery—comprised of donated and loaned works from our undergraduate and MFA students, which our Graduate Assistant Anne Marie Butler has been curating.
This year, the Holiday Party will honor 
Laura Mangan
, who retired from UB in September after 28 years of service. She served twenty years with the Law School, followed by seven years with the Civic Engagement and Public Policy Strategic Strength, and concluded with one year in the Office of the Associate VP for Research Advancement.  She has been an active, supportive and hard-working member of the Gender Institute for many years. 
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.



The third of the series:

January 10, 2018, 12:00-1:30 pm
Learning Spaces



We will have a physical location as well for a Watch Party: 208 Davis Hall, UB North Campus. 

For more information, please go to: http://www.eng.buffalo.edu/womeninstem/stem-online-series.html

Please Register for the webinar to receive the link.
The UB Women in STEM Cooperative is proud to host the The Next 10 Years: Helping STEM Students Thrive series, an original online collaboration between Cornell University and the University at Buffalo featuring the perspectives of national thought leaders and institutional representatives about expanding the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in undergraduate STEM education at different scales as informed through the lens of higher education trends, institutional practices, learning spaces and introductory undergraduate courses in STEM.
The format is a webinar, which can be viewed online from any device.