"Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders" with Dr. Joy Ladin

On March 28, 2013, the Jewish Studies program at Ithaca College and the LGBT Center are bringing Dr. Joy Ladin to Ithaca College. At 7:30 p.m., in Textor 101, she will be speaking on her experiences as a transgender Jew, transitioning from male to female and teaching at Yeshiva University, an Orthodox Jewish university in New York City.

 The title of her talk is "Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders." At noon she will read from her latest book of poetry, "The Definition of Joy," in the Handwerker Gallery, on the first floor of the Gannett Center.

Dr. Ladin holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Stern College of Yeshiva University, where, in 2007, she became the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution.

Both talks are free and open to the public.

Joy (formerly Jay) Ladin is the author of a memoir, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders (U. of Wisconsin Press), and six books of poetry, The Definition of Joy, Forward Fives award winner Coming to Life, Transmigration (a 2009 Lambda Literary Award finalist), The Book of Anna, and Alternatives to History, all from Sheep Meadow Press, and Psalms, a collection of original psalms from Wipf & Stock. Her poems and essays have been widely published. She has given many talks on writing, literature, Judaism, and gender identity. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Keshet.

For more information and questions, please contact Rebecca Lesses, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Jewish Studies, at 274-3556 or

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact Kim Wojtanik, H&S Dean’s Office, at 607-274-3409, or We ask that requests for accommodation be made as much as possible in advance.

Originally published in Intercom: "Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders" with Dr. Joy Ladin.

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