Professor Saba Soomekh will present an ethnographic portrait of life for three generations of Iranian Jewish women who lived in Iran and now live in America, exploring the political and social changes that have affected these women in regards to their rituals, religious observances, sexuality and their self-concept as Iranian Jewish women in Iran and now in Los Angeles.

About the Speaker: SABA SOOMEKH is a visiting Theological Studies professor at Loyola Marymount University. She received her BA in Religious Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, her Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and her PhD in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She currently teaches courses on Judaism, World Religions, Women and Religion and the History of Modern Israel and Iran. Her book, Between Religion and Culture: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women from the Shahs to Los Angeles, will be published by SUNY Press.