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Baruch College Welcomes Author Joy Ladin

Author of The Definition of Joy: Poems and Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders

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Joy Ladin


NEW YORK, NY - February 19, 2014 - Baruch College’s Jewish Studies Center invites you to a talk and book signing with Joy Ladin on Monday, March 17 at 7 p.m.. A Q &A with the author will follow the presentation.

Joy Ladin's return to Yeshiva University as a woman after receiving tenure as a man made her the first openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution, and made page-3 news in the New York Post. Her memoir of gender transition, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, was a finalist for a 2012 National Jewish Book Award and the winner of a Forward Fives award. Ladin was named to the 2012 Forward 50 list of influential or courageous American Jews.

Ladin is also the author of six books of poetry, including Forward Fives award winner Coming to Life and Lambda Literary Award finalist Transmigration. Her work has been published in American Poetry Review, Southern Review, Parnassus: Poetry in Review, Writer's Digest, Lavender Review and Bloom. A recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, Ladin holds the David and Ruth Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University, and serves on the Board of Keshet, a national organization devoted to full inclusion of LGTBQ Jews in the Jewish world.

Psalm III: 12

By Joy Ladin

Come here, let me tell you
How beautiful you are, swathed
In stars and shadows,
How creation trembles
When you pass
Like wind through late summer grass
On a sun-baked prairie
You moisten like a tongue
Licking lips
Plumped by the collagen
Of all creation must forgive
To bring you
Close enough to kiss.

WHAT: Discussion with Author Joy Ladin

WHEN: Monday, March 17, 2014

Reception at 7:00 p.m.

Reading and book signing at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Baruch College Performing Arts Center Reception at 7:00 p.m.

55 Lexington Ave.

(Enter on 25th Street between 3rd and Lexington Avenues).




About The Jewish Studies Center:
The Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center (JSC) at Baruch College reflects the legacy and heritage of the college, its tradition of educating New York City’s immigrants, its diverse population, and its special relationship to and place within Manhattan. The JSC is dedicated to teaching the Baruch community and public about the history and experiences of Jews in America, specifically in New York City. Public programs, courses, events, and campus activities focus on Jewish immigration to New York, and address contemporary issues including Jewish philanthropy, business ethics, politics, identity, continuity, and the changing face of American Jewry.

About G.L.A.S.S.:
G.L.A.S.S. (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Society) exists to create an inclusive and supportive space on campus in the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Since 1977, G.L.A.S.S. has provided a safe haven for queer students and their allies to question, explore, and discover all aspects of their sexual orientation while building a sense of unity with one another. Collectively and individually, members of G.L.A.S.S. strive to breed tolerance and acceptance for misunderstood sexual minorities in a notoriously diverse campus community. G.L.A.S.S. functions as an educational, social, and political student organization.

About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to

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