Portraits of Adult Jewish Learning: Making Meaning at Many Tables:
A Conversation with Diane Tickton Schuster
Thursday, Sept. 21, 1 – 2:15 ET
Portraits of Adult Jewish Learning: Making Meaning at Many Tables brings together the work of a dozen Jewish education scholars and practitioners who present colorful narratives about a highly diverse range of adult Jewish learners, and is the culmination of the Mandel Center Portraits of Adult Jewish Learning project.
Editor and project leader Diane Tickton Schuster and moderator Miriam Heller Stern (Hebrew Union College) will discuss the book with a panel of esteemed experts – Shira D. Epstein (Jewish Theological Seminary), Rabbi Josh Feigelson (Institute for Jewish Spirituality), and Miriam Raider Roth (Mandel Teacher Educator Institute) – who are interested in how adult learners learn and the evolving conceptions of Jewish literacy in the 21st century. The panelists will share what they learned from the book, how this work influences the development of Jewish education as a field, and what the larger community of researchers and practitioners – and learners themselves – can glean from dynamic accounts of adult Jewish learning in an era of change.
Diane Tickton Schuster is an independent scholar in Jewish education who has served as an affiliated scholar at the Mandel Center since 2016. Under her direction, the Center’s Portraits of Jewish Learning project culminated in the book, “Portraits of Jewish Learning: Viewing Contemporary Jewish Education Close-In.” Her current work with the Portraits of Adult Jewish Learning project builds on her extensive scholarship about Jewish adult education. Diane’s 2003 book, “Jewish Lives, Jewish Learning: Adult Jewish Learning in Theory and Practice,” is required reading at rabbinical seminaries and adult education programs across the Jewish community. She has written extensively about the changing world of Jewish adult education for the past 25 years.