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Barbara Gurr

Assistant Professor In Residence

University of Connecticut

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Interim Director of Women's Studies

Southern Connecticut State University

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Let me introduce our local arrangements committee: Jane Hood (University of New Mexico), a long time member of SWS is joining the local arrangements committee along with Ophra Leyer-Whalen (University of Texas El Paso) and Barbara Gurr (University of Connecticut).

Barb will chair this committee.

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- Barbara Gurr, Assistant Director of Women's Studies, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT

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- Barbara Gurr, Assistant Director of Women's Studies, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT

Connecticut Post Online - WOMANWISE [cached]

When Barbara Gurr became a mom, she developed a new appreciation for not only her own mother, but also for Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Gurr, interim director of Women's Studies at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, answered immediately after being asked which woman in history she would like to meet and have dinner with.
Gurr said Jesus' mother has been on her mind recently because of Mel Gibson's movie, "The Passion of the Christ."
"Through the ages, Mary has been domesticated and prettified into a gentle, submissive figure," Gurr said.
For Gurr, that image is far from the truth.
Mary was a teenager when the angel Gabriel appeared and told her she would give birth to a boy named Jesus, who would be the Son of God.
"This woman must have been very strong," Gurr said.
Mary stayed by Jesus' side his whole life, during the crucifixion and beatings, and Gurr said that makes her see how strong Mary was.
"Her support and love for him was so strong that she never left his side," Gurr said, "even during times when a mother's heart must surely have been exploding with pain and fear for her child."
Gurr said she would like to know what Mary would have to say about being a mother and a human being today.She said Mary would probably say people should love and take care of each other.
"We see from her example that sometimes loving is a very hard thing to do," Gurr said."It requires letting go of our children while at the same time refusing to let go of them."
Gurr also said Mary would point out the difficulties in motherhood.
"So often in our culture today, motherhood is considered a given," Gurr said, "something that women just do naturally, and mothers are not afforded the respect or the support that they need."
In history, Gurr said that as the power of the Church grew, women were restricted to the point of a Madonna versus whore ideology emerging.
"Eve was an easy villain and so Mary became the 'good' woman
obedient, silent, docile," Gurr said."In a patriarchal world, that kind of woman easily becomes the role model held up for women's behavior."
Between Mary's embracing and understanding how challenging it would be to be the mother of Jesus, Gurr said using Mary as a role model to teach other women to be docile is foolish.
Personally, Gurr said the strength of women, especially Mary, was threatening to the patriarchal system they were living in.
"As a feminist, I'm awed by her strength and appreciative of her influence on Jesus," Gurr said.
She said feminist scholars see Jesus' teachings as feminist in nature due to an emphasis on good works and a de-emphasis on political and social hierarchy.
"I see the influence of a strong, positive mother there," Gurr said.

Connecticut Post Online - WOMANWISE [cached]

Barbara Gurr, interim director of the Women's Studies Program at SCSU, said the national celebration began on Jan. 30 to honor Mahatma Gandhi and concludes on Apr. 4, marking the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.

Gurr said many religious groups across the nation observe this time with introspective prayer vigils, candlelight ceremonies and meditations on peace.The Women's Studies Program is approaching it as an educational tool, she said.

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