The Intersection of Women’s Empowerment and Religion
An introduction to a film series produced by Brianna Kreft (CSB '22)
Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Quad 264, Saint John’s University
As a participant in the Jay Phillips Center’s Student Interfaith Research and Leadership Program, Brianna Kreft created a film series in which she interviews Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist women about the sources of and challenges to women’s empowerment in their religious traditions. In tonight’s program, Brianna will introduce this series by showing clips from her interviews and explaining why she undertook this project and what she learned from it. All are welcome to join the conversation.
Brianna Kreft is a senior political science major with minors in environmental studies and psychology. She is also a member of the CSB/SJU honors program. Brianna is from Elbow Lake, Minnesota, and graduated from West Central Area Schools in 2018. She works for the McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement as a student coordinator. Brianna also serves as the student manager for the CSB softball team and as a peer mentor for first-year college success courses. She has served as an undergraduate research assistant for two years, focusing on how gender dynamics influenced the presidency of Dilma Rousseff, the first female president of Brazil. In May, Brianna will do a short-term study embedded trip to Salvador, Brazil. Concerning her project sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center, Brianna said “I am very interested in the role that gender plays in interfaith dialogue. In particular, I enjoy exploring how women’s empowerment is promoted across different religions.”
Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning
with support from the McCarthy Center