Twilight Auditorium 101
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The Soul of the Stranger: Reading the Torah from a Trans Perspective

The 34th Annual Hannah A. Quint Lecture in Jewish Studies, to be delivered by Joy Ladin. Dr. Ladin has long worked at the tangled intersection of trans identity, Judaism and literature. She has published ten books of poetry, including her new collection, Shekhinah Speaks (Selva Oscura Press); National Jewish Book Award winner The Book of Anna; and Lambda Literary Award finalists Transmigration and Impersonation. A new book, Family, is forthcoming from Persea Press. She is also the author of a memoir of gender transition, National Jewish Book Award finalist Through the Door of Life; and another work of creative non-fiction, Lambda Literary and Triangle Award finalist, The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective. Her work has been recognized with a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, and a Hadassah Brandeis Institute Research Fellowship, among other honors. A nationally recognized speaker on transgender issues, she has been featured on a number of NPR programs, including “On Being” with Krista Tippett, an interview that has been rebroadcast several times. Episodes of her online conversation series, “Containing Multitudes,” are available at; her writing is available at

Sponsored by:
Jewish Studies

Contact Organizer

Wunnava, Vijaya L.