Sr. Barbara Reid said Tuesday reading the Scriptures from a feminist perspective can help illuminate realities of women in the modern world. The Center for Spirituality at Saint Mary’s College invited Reid, a Dominican Sister of Grand Rapids, Mich., and vice president and academic dean of the Catholic Theological Union, to lecture to the community Tuesday about reading the Scriptures from a feminist perspective. Reid began the lecture, “Reading the Scriptures with the Mind, Eyes and Heart of a Woman,” by describing how she became involved in reading the Scriptures from a feminist perspective. She said while she was teaching a course on the Gospel of Mark, one of her students had a very intriguing opinion on the middle of the text. “All of a sudden, one of my students told me to stop for a minute, claiming she hated the passage and would rip it out of the Bible if she could,” Reid said. “I was totally clueless on where her feelings were coming from, so she explained that she had worked in the shelter for abused women and how so many of these women would not come for help because they believed they must take up the cross just as Jesus had and suffer through their pain.” Reid said that when these women finally did seek help, they turned to their priests, who then just told them to return to their husbands. While on sabbatical in November of 2003, Reid had the opportunity to travel in parts of Latin America, where she asked her hosts to connect her with groups of women in the area so that they could converse about their approaches to reading the Scriptures as women. “Many of my experiences with women in Latin America took this interpretation literally as well, which made me think that there has to be a different way,” she said. Reid said she takes a seven-step approach to reading the Scriptures from a feminist perspective. Seeing and analyzing women’s realities is the first step. This includes the number of women living in poverty, the number that are illiterate, women’s wages and violence against women. “If we were to look at the realities of the women in our world, in general, these are realities that describe the way that it is for most women in the world,” she said. “These are just a few of the struggles and difficulties that many women in our world face on a daily basis.” Reid said the next steps include critical inquiry, critical evaluation, remembering and reconstruction, creative imagination and transformative action. The final step is seeing female images of God in the Scriptures. Reid said she believes there are many signs of hope and joy for women, and said she is very enthusiastic about reading the Scriptures through a feminist perspective. “The whole world is turning its eyes toward the reality of women,” she said.
The ensemble will consist of Mike Baerga, Chloe Sian Campbell, Jace Coronado, Desireé Davar, Sarah DeBiase, Taurean Everett, Sarah Marie Jenkins, Evan Kasprzak, Jenny Laroche, Kate Marilley, Michael McArthur, Sarah Meahl, Peter Nelson, Tally Sessions, Molly Tynes and Ryan Worsing. Berresse, who was nominated for a Tony Award for Kiss Me, Kate, returns to Paper Mill after appearing there in West Side Story. His Broadway credits include A Chorus Line, Light in the Piazza, Fascinating Rhythym and Carousel. Hildreth, who most recently appeared on Broadway in Cinderella, was part of the off-Broadway and Broadway casts of both Peter and the Starcatcher and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Kostroff made his Broadway debut with The Nance, having previously appeared in Paper Mill’s Les Miserables and Lend Me a Tenor. Price’s Broadway credits include Mary Poppins, All Shook Up and Wonderful Town. Robertson’s stage credits include Can-Can, The Little Mermaid and My Fair Lady; he is also Broadway.com’s resident artist—you may know him as “Squigs.” Sikora’s Broadway credits include The Nance, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Promises, Promises and Wicked. The complete cast is now set for Paper Mill Playhouse’s Broadway-bound production of Can-Can. Joining the previously announced Kate Baldwin and Jason Danieley will be Michael Berresse as Hilaire Jussac, Greg Hildreth as Boris Adzinidzinadze, Michael Kostroff as Jean-Louis, Mark Price as Hercule, Justin Robertson as Étienne and Megan Sikora as Claudine. The new production, directed by David Lee, will run from October 1 through October 26. Opening night is set for October 5. With a classic score by Cole Porter and a book by Abe Burrows, Can-Can tells the story of Pistache (Baldwin), a female Parisian café owner who decides to feature the ever-so-scandalous Can-Can dance. Will her defiance of the law end her business—and love life? The tuner features the numbers “I Love Paris,” “C’est Magnifique” and “It’s All Right With Me.” The show premiered on Broadway in 1953 and was adapted for film in 1960. This production will feature a re-crafted script by Joel Fields and the director. Can-Can will feature set design by Rob Bissinger, costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Michael Gilliam and sound design by Randy Hansen. View Comments
With games against Oregon and Oregon State, both strong in their own ways, the women’s basketball team will have to find a way to tackle both teams in order to protect their home court and advance their record.“Oregon is a very high-scoring team, and they have a lot of offensive weapons,” associate head coach Beth Burns said. “Oregon State is a little bit different. They are arguably one of the two best defensive teams in the league.”After winning at home last year, USC was defeated in its second meeting against Oregon. This year, the two currently hold the same record in conference play at 1-3. On the other hand, the Beavers come to Galen Center undefeated in conference play with a five-game win streak against USC. However, the Women of Troy are not focusing on keeping the opponents’ records from distracting them from their goal.“I think most importantly we’ve got to improve ourselves,” Burns said. “Sometimes you get so caught up in what Oregon does or what Oregon State does that we forget what USC does.”While both teams will challenge the Trojans, one of the biggest struggles that the team has to overcome is inconsistency. With five freshmen and only two returning seniors, the Women of Troy are battling to overcome their youth and continue to improve with each practice and every game.“I think about the only thing consistent with a young team is inconsistency,” Burns said. “From one game to the next that has been our biggest challenge. It’s a process.”Still early in conference play, the Trojans are looking to use their youth to their advantage. None of the freshmen have played against Oregon or Oregon State, meaning their opponents will not be completely certain of what they can expect, even with game footage and scouting. Youth can only go so far in this league, though.“When you play somebody twice with a young group, you have the opportunity to sneak up on someone the first games, but not the second game,” Burns said. “By the end of the year in league, the preparation of the group has evolved to where you learn plays in December, you run plays in January, and you’ve got to make plays in February and March.”The younger players have the ability to learn from veterans like senior guards Courtney Jaco and Alexis Lloyd. With their guidance and the examples they set — along with the coaching staff — the players are not only preparing for more than just this season, but also for the longevity of their careers at USC. “I really credit Courtney Jaco,” Burns said. “She is just a true Trojan because as an older player, sometimes she has to be really patient for 15 minutes of something that she can do in her sleep. We have to have a fine balance every day of fundamentals; how to pass, how to shoot, how to catch and how to prepare to be a Trojan, to be a champion.”The Women of Troy will take on Oregon on Friday at 8 p.m. and Oregon State on Sunday at 3 p.m.