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Sunday, February 22 • 9:00am - 9:45am
The Book of Esther as a "Coming Out" Narrative

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As any number of recent stories in the news can attest, there is enormous power in the “coming out” narrative-- the revelation by a celebrity or public figure of his/her identity as LGBTQ.  Such stories can have important political and cultural implications well beyond the personal self-definitions they perform. What happens when we read the story of Queen Esther as a “coming out” narrative?  How might our contemporary experiences with the rhetoric and reactions to modern “coming out” stories allow us to see the Purim story in a new or newly-revitalized light?  What might such a 'queering' of the Esther story do to our sense of Esther’s role in the book that bears her name?

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Jeffrey Shoulson

Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, University of Connecticut
Jeffrey Shoulson is the Konover Chair in Judaic Studies, Director of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Shoulson focuses on Jewish-Christian relations, especially the ways in which Jews and Judaism are represented within Christian writings. His first book, Milton and Rabbis: Hebraism, Hellenism, and Christianity, was awarded the Salo Baron Prize. His most recent book... Read More →

Sunday February 22, 2015 9:00am - 9:45am
Room 117