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Ayelet Gundar Goshen teaches clinical psychology at Tel Aviv Univerrsity and has written three well-received novels: One Night Markovitch (Hebrew 2012 and English Translation 2015), Waking Lions (Hebrew 2014 and English Translation 2016), and The Liar (Hebrew 2018 and English Translation 2019).
Pamela Nadell is the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History and the Director of Jewish Studies at American University. Her most recent book is America’s Jewish Women: A History from Colonial Times to Today (W.W. Norton, 2019). Among her earlier publications are Women in American Judaism: Historical Perspective, with Jonathan Sarna in the Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture and Life (2001), Women who would be Rabbis: A History of Women’s Ordination 1889-1985 (1999), American Jewish Women’s History: A Reader (2003), and New Essays in American Jewish History, edited with Jonathan Sarna (2010).
Robert Alter is a Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley and is the author of more than 20 books on the Hebrew Bible and literature. In 2018, he published The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary (W.W. Norton) and among his many other publications are The Art of Biblical Narrative (1981), The Art of Biblical Poetry (1985), Necessary Angels: Tradition and Modernity in Kafka, Benjamin, and Scholem (1991), Imagined Cities: Urban Experience and the Novel (2005), Pen of Iron: American Prose and the King James Bible (2010), Strong As Death Is Love: Song of Songs Ruth, Ester, Jonah and Daniel: A Translation with Commentary (2015), and The Art of Bible Translation (2019).
Barry Wimpfheimer is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Law at Northwestern University and his author of The Talmud: A Biography (2018) and Narrating the Law: A Poetics of Talmudic Legal Stories (2011)
Rachel Barenbaum (3:00) She is a graduate of the MBA program at Harvard University and the undergraduate Literature and Philosophy program of Harvard College. Her first novel, A Bend in the Stars, has drawn extensive critical acclaim for is reconstruction of young Russian Jewish women and men struggling to preserve the future of scientific discovery during the First World War.
Julie Orringer (4:00) Her recent historical novel, The Flight Portfolio (2019), is based on the true story of Varian Frye’s extraordinary efforts to save the lives and works of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust in France. She has published a collection of short stories under the title How to Breathe Underwater (2003) and The Invisible Bridge (2010), another historical novel, that follows a Hungarian Jewish artist who travels to Paris on the eve of World War II.