Transparent: A Multidisciplinary Symposium

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Dubbed by The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum a “stealth masterpiece,” Transparent (Amazon, 2014-2016) captures psychological, social, and historical dynamics of being transgender at precisely the moment that transgender individuals and stories have taken a central place in American mass culture. Simultaneously, Transparent presents the most substantively and recognizably Jewish family in the history of American television. Through flashbacks over the three seasons, the show offers intersecting genealogies of gender and Jewishness, from 1930s Berlin to midcentury American suburban acculturation to contemporary religious experimentation.

This two-day multi-disciplinary symposium brings together scholars, writers, and critics to discuss all things Transparent and engage in dialogues at the nexus of Jewish Studies, Media Studies, Religious Studies and Sexuality & Gender Studies.

The symposium will kick off on with a reading by iconic poet, novelist, performer and art journalist Eileen Myles, and will include discussions with Zackary Drucker (Producer, Transparent), Alexandra Grey (Actor, Transparent), and Rabbi Susan Goldberg (Consultant, Transparent). *ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC*

See the full Transparent Symposium program here


The Transparent Symposium is hosted by the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. There is no fee to attend the symposium. Here are some hotel suggestions for visitors. Please be in touch with SBAI with questions. 

The Transparent Symposium is cosponsored by:
Jewish Studies
The Humanities Project
American Studies
Film and Media Studies
The Department of Art and Art History
The Department of English
The Department of Religion
The Susan B. Anthony Center

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