College of Humanities

11th Annual Maurice Amado Foundation Lecture in Jewish Ethics

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 - 12:30pm to 1:45pm

Ferman Presentation Room, University Library or Via Zoom

Androgynes and Eunuchs: What the Ancient Jewish Past Teaches About Contemporary Trans Politics, Professor Max Strassfeld

Max StrassfeldThe ancient world offers surprising insights into contemporary gender politics. Ancient Jewish texts describe a variety of sex and gender categories, which profoundly shaped Jewish ideas about law and gender beyond a simple binary. The flexible thinking in these texts shows us how to reassess our received narratives about the relationship between religion, gender, and law today.

Trans Talmod, Androgynes and Eunuchs in Rabbinic Literature by Max K. StrassfeldProf. Max Strassfeld, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Arizona, specializes in Rabbinic Literature, Transgender Studies, and Jewish Studies. His book, Trans Talmud: Androgynes and Eunuchs in Rabbinic Literature, won the 2023 American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion - Textual Studies.

Wednesday, March 13 - 12:30-1:45 p.m. PDT
In person: Ferman Presentation Room, University Library
Zoom registration

Androgynes and Eunuchs event flyer (PDF)

Co-sponsored by the Center for Civil Discourse and Social Change; the Pride Center; the University Library; the College of Humanities; the Departments of English, History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies; and the Queer Studies Program