About the Award

The Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize was created by the late Professor Joseph B. Gittler to recognize outstanding and lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic and/or religious relations.

The Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Endowed Fund at Brandeis University supports this annual award.

The award includes a cash prize of $25,000 and a medal. The prize and medal are presented at a ceremony that includes a reception and a public lecture by the recipient on the Brandeis campus.

2017 Award Presentation and Lecture


Kimberlé Crenshaw

"Race, Reform, Retrenchment Redux: Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality Beyond Post Racialism"

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | 4 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

Intersectionality has become a ubiquitous rallying cry both for those who denounce “identity politics” and for those who seek to rally diverse constituencies into a formidable coalition to oppose Trumpism. This Left-Right frame obscures the contentious debates within race and gender justice discourses that gave rise the inception of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality.

Professor Crenshaw revisited the emergence of critical thinking about race during the institutional struggles of the post-civil rights era, and resituated intersectionality as a prism to understand the risks of post-racialism in the age of Trump.

The event was free and open to the public, with no tickets required.

Kimberlé Crenshaw was in residence on the Brandeis University campus from Monday, October 23 – Wednesday, October 25, 2017.