Bernadette J. Brooten

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March 23, 2012

"Raising awareness on sexual assault"
Jennifer Spencer, The Brandeis Hoot


March 19, 2012

"Hill and Brooten host sexual violence panels"
Alana Abramson, The Justice

Prof. Brooten speaking with Prof. Anita Hill
Prof. Brooten with Prof. Anita Hill
Photo: Jon Edelstein


March 13, 2012

"On injustice to sexually assaulted black women, Professors Hill and Brooten focus on religious, legal, cultural histories"
Charles A. Radin, BrandeisNOW

Prof. Brooten with Prof. Anita Hill
Prof. Brooten with Prof. Anita Hill


February 3, 2012

The Opening of Women's Studies: Constance Buchanan and Women’s Leadership

Professor Bernadette Brooten delivered "The Opening of Women's Studies: Constance Buchanan and Women's Leadership" at Harvard University, February 3, 2012.

Constance Buchanan was the Ford Foundation Program Officer under whose direction the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project first received funding from the Ford Foundation.

Hear Professor Brooten speak on the Harvard Divinity School website..

Prof. Brooten with Constance Buchanan.
Prof. Brooten, Ann Braude, and Constance Buchanan (seated).
Photo: Tony Rinaldo


November 2011

Teleconference with Bernadette Brooten on Beyond Slavery
Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER)

Notes from the teleconference.


September 21, 2011

"Prof. Brooten to research early enslaved women"
Susan Chaityn Lebovits, BrandeisNOW


August 4, 2011

"The Maid and the Millionaire"
Rep. Bobby Rush, The Huffington Post


October 29, 2010

"Exploring the links between slavery, sex and scripture"
Barbara Howard, BrandeisNOW



June 29, 2007

Dialogue. "Creating Sexual Ethics In Slavery's Shadow," by Carrie Simmons

FSEP Professor, Bernadette Brooten, explains the relevance of past toleration of slavery for discussions of sexual morality today.

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November 19, 2006

Boston Globe. "The modern face of slavery," by Bernadette Brooten.

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October 18, 2006

Diverse Education. "Scholars: Slavery's Legacy Present in Current Policies, Social Customs," by Kenneth J. Cooper.

A few hundred people spent a day and a half at Brandeis University this week discussing a subject that most people generally avoid: slavery.

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October 05, 2006

National Public Radio. "Slave Narratives, Then and Now"

Author David Reynolds talks about the manuscript written by former slave, Harriet Jacobs. Also, Mende Nazer tells her personal story of slavery. As a child, she was abducted from her village in Sudan.

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March 4, 2006

Conscience. "How our minds have changed," by Bernadette Brooten

Bernadette Brooten, Professor of the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project and Professor of Christian Studies, chronicles how Catholics, both lay people and church officials, have historically viewed same-sex intimacy.

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March 4, 2006

The Montreal Gazette. "We're all bound by slavery," by Donna Nebenzahl

Bernadette Brooten, the Robert and Myra Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies comments on the legacy of slavery.

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January 17, 2006

The Justice. "Intelligent Design ruling good for religious Americans," by Professors Bernadette Brooten and Marc Brettler.

Bernadette Brooten, the Robert and Myra Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies and Professor Brettler, the Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies, comment on the controversial notion that "intelligent design" is a science.

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November 30, 2005

International Herald Tribune. "A confused church," by Bernadette Brooten.

Bernadette Brooten, Professor of the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project and Professor of Christian Studies at Brandeis University, muses on the Vatican's scrutiny of gay men in the priesthood and its connection to the sexual abuse crisis.

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April 21, 2005

Daily News Tribune. "A theological debate for the ages," by Bernadette Brooten.

Bernadette Brooten, Professor of the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project and Professor of Christian Studies at Brandeis University, is interviewed about her encounter with the new pope and her opinions regarding his papacy.

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April 21, 2005

Boston Herald. "Another hard-liner in charge at Vatican," by Bernadette Brooten.

Bernadette Brooten, Professor of the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project and Professor of Christian Studies at Brandeis University, draws on her personal experience with former Cardinal Ratzinger to assess the possible implications of his reign as Pope Benedict XVI.

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April 21, 2005

Telegram & Gazette. "Pope Benedict XVI expected to expand papal infallibility," by Bernadette Brooten.

Bernadette Brooten, Professor of the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project and Professor of Christian Studies at Brandeis University, discusses the theological positions that the new pope has taken in the past.

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January 29, 2004

National Public Radio. Interview with Bernadette Brooten.

Bernadette Brooten, Professor of the Feminist Sexual Ethics Project and Professor of Christian Studies at Brandeis University, talks about women in the early Church.

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November/December 2003

Gay and Lesbian Review. "Lawrence Was Always About Religious Intolerance," by Bernadette Brooten.

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November 21-27, 2003

Boston Phoenix. "Embrace the Wedge," by Dan Kennedy.

Bernadette Brooten urges religious liberals to speak up for civil-marriage rights for same-sex couples in explicitly religious terms.

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August 21, 2003

Bay Windows. "The Catholic Hierarchy's Misguided Priorities," by Bernadette Brooten

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