Schachter, Reisman in conversation at the Parthenon April 3

Allison Schachter
Allison Schachter

Author Allison Schachter, professor of Jewish studies, English and Russian and East European studies, will discuss her works in a conversation moderated by Nancy Reisman, professor of English, on Monday, April 3, at the Parthenon. The event, part of the 2022–23 Nashville Jewish Book Series, is sponsored by the Gordon Jewish Community Center, the Nashville Jewish Book Series and Vanderbilt’s Department of Jewish Studies and Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Schachter is chair of the Department of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt. She teaches and publishes widely on modern Jewish literature and culture. Her books include From the Jewish Provinces: Selected Stories of Fradl Shtok, which she co-translated, and Women Writing Jewish Modernity, 1919-1939 (Northwestern University Press, 2022), a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. The wide-ranging conversation will cover translating stories from Yiddish, women writers and artists, and the history of Jewish culture from the perspective of women.

“Too often modern Jewish history is narrated as a story of how Jews became men by adopting the norms of non-Jewish masculinity. We’ll talk about what modern Jewish culture meant for women,” Schachter said.

Prior to the discussion, attendees may enjoy non-alcoholic beverages from Killjoy, Nashville’s first specialty alcohol-free beverage shop. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the conversation beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at

The Nashville Jewish Book Series aims to bring people together for meaningful discussions about Jewish culture, identity and life through literature. For more information, contact community-wide programs director Sharon Benus at or 615-354-1697.