The Jewish Heritage of Two Catholic Saints: Teresa of Avila and Edith Stein with Dr. Oliva Espin - Context Travel

The Jewish Heritage of Two Catholic Saints: Teresa of Avila and Edith Stein with Dr. Oliva Espin


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Teresa of Avila and Edith Stein, separated by four centuries, have a lot in common: both are canonized saints of the Catholic Church, both have a Jewish background that put their lives in mortal danger, and both advocated strong feminist principles. Discover details about the ancestry of these two women and their relationship to their historical circumstances.

This seminar provides a perspective on the political and moral questions with which these two remarkable women contended. We will compare them to some of their contemporaries and will reflect on the importance of women’s words for “the creation of feminist consciousness” through the centuries.

Led by a psychologist who is an expert on the lives of female saints, Dr. Oliva M. Espín, this interactive seminar will explore the Jewish heritage and feminist perspectives of two Catholic saints. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of their historical times and the life choices of Teresa of Avila and Edith Stein.

Oliva M. Espín is Professor Emerita in the Department of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University and the California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Espín was a pioneer in the practice and theory of feminist therapy with women from different cultural backgrounds. A native of Cuba, she received her BA in Psychology from the University of Costa Rica and her Ph.D. from the University of Florida. She did post-doctoral work at Harvard University with a fellowship from NIMH. Dr. Espín held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Gender Studies at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria. She has taught the psychology of women, the psychology of immigrants and refugees, issues of privilege and oppression, psychological perspectives on saints' histories, and other topics. She has presented at national and international conferences and published articles and books on women immigrants and refugees, language in therapy with fluent bilinguals, historical memory and memoir, and feminist psychological understandings of women saints. She recently published Gendered Journeys: Women, Migration, and Feminist Psychology (2015) and Women, Sainthood, and Power: A Feminist Psychology of Cultural Constructions (2020). Her most recent book is My Native Land is Memory: Stories of a Cuban Childhood (2020).

This conversation is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Thanks, Oliva

This was a really wonderful overview of two great women. I learned a lot about the background of the women. I was raised Catholic ("lapsed" now) and took Teresa of Avila as my Confirmation name. I liked her because she got so mad at God she shook her fist at God and told God that if all people were treated as she had been, it was no wonder God had few friends. But I never knew her Jewish background. Thanks so much for this great talk!!

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A super lecture, fascinating, deeply-researched, well-structured and engagingly presented, with great visual support, by the very knowledgeable Prof. Espin

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Thanks, Oliva

This was a really wonderful overview of two great women. I learned a lot about the background of the women. I was raised Catholic ("lapsed" now) and took Teresa of Avila as my Confirmation name. I liked her because she got so mad at God she shook her fist at God and told God that if all people were treated as she had been, it was no wonder God had few friends. But I never knew her Jewish background. Thanks so much for this great talk!!

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A super lecture, fascinating, deeply-researched, well-structured and engagingly presented, with great visual support, by the very knowledgeable Prof. Espin