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Reading the Resisting Woman as “Other”

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Dr. Shira Epstein is dean of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education and an assistant professor of Jewish education. She joined the JTS faculty in 2004 and during her time here has taught courses to master's and executive doctoral students and served as coordinator of the Pedagogy and Teaching Concentration. She has received multiple fellowships, grants, and awards in the field, and has published numerous articles and lectured widely about issues in Jewish education and gender equity.

Dr. Epstein's research explores ways to support educators in reflecting upon their practice through a gender lens. She was founding project director for Addressing Evaded Issues in Jewish Education and she codevelopedEvaded Issues in Jewish Education: A Resource Guide for Jewish Educators,and the Educational Jewish Moments methodology. She authored two curricula for Jewish Women International: "Strong Girls, Healthy Relationships: A Conversation on Dating, Friendship, and Self-Esteem" and "Strong Girls! Friendships, Relationships, and Self-Esteem."


Who has the right to anger? When is defiance cast as positive in our texts, and when is it silenced? We will explore the Vashti narrative through the lens of power dynamics, status shifts, performing of gendered emotions, and as an example of reading the resisting woman as “Other”.