ThinkOlio Presents Transparent Isn't So Transparent: What the Hit Show Reveals About Rigid Social Structures

Friday February 24: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Harold Garfinkel argued that sociocultural structures were evident in the satisfaction of them – and in the breach. His theory, ethnomethodology, in part reveals how participants' reactions to this breach show us the limits of a given structure, its categories, its characteristics. In this Olio, I suggest that the Amazon hit show Transparent is an ideal example of Garfinkel’s theory. Some have critiqued the show for focusing too little on Maura, the title character, and her transition journey. We will explore the extent to which Maura’s transition is intended as a moment that creates a temporary breach in her family structure, making transparent the structure of this Jewish family in L.A. as they respond.

Maureen T. Matarese is a professor at BMCC. She has a doctorate from Columbia University and is a linguist with a specialization in discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, and applied linguistics. She is the U.S. expert on social work interaction (particularly in homeless settings) and the discourse of street-level bureaucrats.

The presenting beer sponsor is Sixpoint Brewery. Wine is generously provided by Maison Cubi

Buy a ticket HERE or at the door to attend. This event will take place in the Rare Book Room on the Strand's 3rd floor, accessible via the store elevator or at 826 Broadway.