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Samantha Pickette

Samantha Pickette is an Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and the Assistant Director of the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in American Jewish literature, film, and popular culture and is most interested in the intersection of gender and Jewish identity in representations of American Jewish life. Her work has been published in the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, Shofar, and Studies in American Jewish Literature.

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Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin’s Oscar-winning film debut in 1986’s Children of a Lesser God made history on multiple fronts. At 21, not only was Matlin the youngest-ever Best Actress winner, she was also the first Deaf actress to be recognized by the Academy. Her subsequent career in film and television, as an author, and as an activist for the Deaf community, has paved the way for inclusive, nuanced storytelling that showcases Deaf culture to hearing audiences.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Samantha Pickette." (Viewed on December 3, 2023) <>.


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