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Leah Lax: “Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic Life and Finally Came Home” (9/14/17)

Posted by on Monday, September 11, 2017 in Project Dialogue, UPCOMING EVENT.

  • Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017, 5:00 PM
  • Location: Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center • Black Cultural Center Building • Nashville, TN 37235
  • Contact: Rory Dicker
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  • Phone: 615-322-4843
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  • Audience: Free and Open to the Public

Leah Lax’s Uncovered is the first memoir to tell of a gay woman leaving the Hasidic fold. In understated, crystalline prose, Lax begins her story as a young teen leaving her liberal, secular home to become a Hasidic Jew. She plumbs nuances of arranged marriage, fundamentalist faith, and Hasidic motherhood. Throughout the narrative, her creative, sexual, and spiritual longings shimmer just beneath the surface.

Project Dialogue is a University-wide program that seeks to involve the entire Vanderbilt community in public discourse and reflection connecting classroom learning with larger societal issues. Project Dialogue dinner series give students and faculty an opportunity to engage in conversation on a number of topics around the dinner table over a delicious meal.

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, Project Dialogue, and the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Co-sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, the Program in Jewish Studies, the Office of LGBTQI Life, and the Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality.