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Bee Goddess of Rhodes

Bee Goddess of Rhodes

Miriam Robbins Dexter, author of Whence the Goddesses: A Source Book, holds a B.A. in Classics and a Ph.D. in Indo-European Studies (comparative linguistics, ancient Indo-European languages, archaeology, and comparative mythology), both from UCLA; she is the author of over twenty scholarly articles and nine encyclopedia articles on ancient female figures.

Normandi Ellis’s books on Egyptian myth, ritual and magic include Imagining the World into Existence, Invoking the Scribes, Feasts of Light, and Dreams of Isis. Her book Awakening Osiris is considered a spiritual classic. She received fellowships from Kentucky Foundation for Women, YMCA Writers’ Voice, and Kentucky Arts Council, among others. She facilitates an Egyptian mystery school and leads trips to Egypt.

Artist, author, teacher, Mary B. Kelly has done goddess research personally in many parts of the world and has illustrated and published her finds for more than 25 years.  She has explored the history and symbolism of embroidery and European textile art.  Her most recent book is Goddess Embroideries of the Northlands. WWW.MARYKELLYSTUDIO.HOMESTEAD.COM

Arieahn Matamonasa-Bennett, Ph.D. is a Native American scholar and licensed clinical psychologist on the faculty of DePaul University School for New Learning. Mythology, ritual, indigenous worldview, and philosophy inform her work. As a member of the Society for the Study of Women’s Psychology and Chair of the Native American Women’s’ Committee, she is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and exposure to feminine traditions within her field and ways in which these traditions can provide healing for people and for the planet.

Arisika Razak, RN, MPH is the Chair of the Women’s Spirituality Program at CIIS. For five years she co-chaired the Womanist-Pan African Section of the American Academy of Religion-Western Region, and she is a regular contributor books and journals. Her film credits include Fire Eyes, the first full length feature film by an African woman on female genital cutting; and the forthcoming Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth where she is interviewed on Alice Walker womanism.

Donna Read has been making films for almost forty years.  The first half of her film career was spent at the National Film Board of Canada which produced the Women and Spirituality Series and the second half of her career has been directing and producing videos with Starhawk for their company, Belili Productions. Their latest film, Permaculture: The Growing Edge has been distributed world-wide and presented at numerous film festivals.
Read lives in Montreal, is semi-retired and loves to spend time with her five grandchildren.

Lydia Ruyle is an artist scholar emeritus of the Visual Arts faculty, University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado, where The Lydia Ruyle Room for Women Artists was dedicated in 2010. Her research into sacred images of women has taken her around the globe. For seven years, Lydia led women’s pilgrimage journeys to sacred places. She creates and exhibits her art and gives workshops throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her book, Goddess Icons Spirit Banners of the Divine Feminine, was published in 2002.

Miranda Shaw, Ph.D., is the author of  Buddhist Goddesses of India and Passionate Enlightenment:  Women in Tantric Buddhism.   Her work focuses on redefining the role of women in the development of both western and eastern religious philosophy.  Professor Shaw teaches in the Department of Religion at the University of Richmond.

Charlene Spretnak is the author of Lost Goddesses in Ancient Greece, States of Grace, Missing Mary, The Resurgence of the Real, and Relational Reality.  Ms. Spretnak’s work is internationally recognized in the areas of spirituality, cultural history, feminist and other social criticism, and ecological thought (Green politics, ecofeminism, ecophilosophy). She is professor emerita in the Women’s Spirituality program of the Philosophy and Religion department at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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