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Upcoming Events

Israel's Photoshop Law: The Idea, The Execution, and The Effect

Oct. 25, 2018, 12:30 p.m.

Skyline Commons

A panel discussion that will focus on the challenges of getting the bill on the Knesset agenda, balancing the different public and special interests, human interests and Adatto's motivation for the bill. 

A Latin American Pen, A Global Memory: Imagining Anne Frank Today

Nov. 1, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Riemer-Goldstein Theater, JCC Greater Boston 333 Nahanton St. Newton, MA 

The Fall 2018 launch event will feature a dramatic reading of Marjorie Agosín's illustrated book Anne: Imagining the Diary of Anne Frank, which will be accompanied by a multimedia presentation and a panel discussion about the ongoing relevance of Anne Frank in Latin America. 

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Lunchtime Seminars

The lectures meet from 12:30 to 2pm in the Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall at HBI. A kosher lunch will be provided. Click here for schedule.

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2018 Research Awards

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Sexual Harassment: The Law, The Politics, and The Movement


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HBI was proud to host Catharine A. MacKinnon, the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan and James Barr Ames Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School for our annual Diane Markowicz Lecture on Gender and Human Rights, October 14, 2018. Her lecture is titled,  “Sexual Harassment: The Law, The Politics, and The Movement.”

Long before the #MeToo movement, Professor MacKinnon pioneered the legal claim for sexual harassment and, with Andrea Dworkin, created ordinances recognizing pornography as a civil rights violation and proposed the Swedish model for abolishing prostitution. The Supreme Court of Canada has largely accepted her approaches to equality, pornography, and hate speech, which have been influential internationally as well.

Israel's Photoshop Law: The Idea, The Execution, and The Effect

Rachel Adatto

Thursday, October 25
Brandeis Skyline Commons
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HBI is proud to host Dr. Rachel Adatto, Former Member of Israeli Knesset. Adatto, an international expert on women's health, spearheaded the Photoshop law in Knesset. This law banned the use of Photoshop to “remake” the images of models in advertising without disclaimers in Israel. There will be a panel discussion about the effects of this law including Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, director of the HBI and Shayna Weiss, associate director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Free kosher lunch provided.

Co-sponsored by: Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis Hillel, Brandeis University Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Seminar on Contemporary Jewish Life, Israeli Consulate 

About Rachel Adatto

Rachel Adatto, Ph.D., is a former Member of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament), with an undergraduate degree in law, an M.B.A. and M.D. from Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is an expert in women's health and served as the Chair of the National Council for Women's Health; the senior advisor to the Minister of Health on women's issues and on four U.N. committees dealing with women's health. 

Notably, she was the lead sponsor of the 2012 "Photoshop Law" that banned ads featuring underweight models. About the law, Adatto said, “Extremely thin models have become the ideal in the advertising world, which surrounds us all day long and tells us what to buy and what to do. They can no longer serve as role models for innocent youth that adopt and copy the illusion of thinness.” (https://israeled.org/knesset-passes-photoshop-law/)

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