PSCO Presentation: 1 March, 2018

“Embryology between the Jewish and the Galenic traditions”

Gwynn Kessler (Swarthmore) and Ralph Rosen (UPenn)


Gwynn Kessler (Associate Professor of Religion, Swarthmore College) focuses on rabbinic interpretation of scripture (“midrash”), situating close readings of rabbinic biblical interpretation in a matrix of method drawn from poststructuralist, queer, and feminist theory. Her book, Conceiving Israel: The Fetus in Rabbinic Narratives (Penn, 2009) explores rabbinic traditions about the fetus as a a foil for examining rabbinic construction of gender, ethnicity, and identity.

Ralph Rosen (Vartan Gregorian Professor of the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania) has research interests including Greek and Latin poetry, especially comedy and satire, ancient philosophy, aesthetics, and medicine. His most recent work focuses on competition, paradox, and the limits of medical knowledge, as in his “Anatomy and Aporia in Galen’s On the Construction of Embryos” (Cambridge, 2017).

Audio Recording

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Meeting and Dining

All are welcome! As usual, those interested are also welcome to join us for an informal dinner prior to the session. Those wishing to dine together before the seminar will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall and then walk next door to the food court in Houston Hall. Or, just meet us in the Houston Hall downstairs food-court between 6:00-6:45 p.m.

As usual, the PSCO seminar will begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. We meet in the Second-Floor Lounge of Cohen Hall.