News and Upcoming Events
Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Strolling in the Ruins
Professor Faith Smith
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Alumni Lounge, Usdan
2015 Tillie K. Lubin Symposium
Criminal Justice? Race, Gender, and Incarceration
Dr. Elizabeth Hinton, Reverend Vivian Nixon, Dr. Bruce Western
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
International Lounge, Usdan
Women Take the Reel
The Grey Area: Feminism Behind Bars
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Congratulations to Bernadette Brooten on being awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of Bern in Switzerland!
Check out Sue Lanser's new book, The Sexuality of History: Modernity and the Sapphic, 1565-1830.
Congratulations to Professor Anita Hannig on winning the The Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research for her book manuscript, Surgery and Salvation!
In Memoriam: Eli Sagan
WGS is deeply saddened to announce the death on January 4, 2015, of Eli J. Sagan, a founding member of our National Board, husband of Frimi Giller Sagan, father of Board member Rachel Sagan, of WGS alumna Susannah Sagan '81, and of Miriam and Daniel Sagan. Eli was a brilliant thinker, writer, scholar, and activist, a passionate advocate for social justice, and the author of six books of cultural sociology who taught at Brandeis and at UC-Berkeley among many accomplishments. Through the Sagan Foundation, he provided the funding that launched and continues to support a wide range of WGS projects including our Graduate Student Grant and our Giller-Sagan Prize. A memorial service will take place on Wednesday, January 7, at 1:00 p.m. at Congregation Beth El, 105 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA.
The family has asked that memorial contributions be directed to WGS, which will set up a special fund in Eli Sagan's memory.
Black Lives Matter: Statement of Solidarity
We, the faculty of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Brandeis University, express our solidarity with the movements in cities across the country and on our own campus in defense of Black lives. Concerned by the systemic daily violence wrought on Black communities, we commit ourselves to addressing, in our Spring 2015 classrooms and beyond, the endemic issues that perpetuate structural inequalities and cause systemic suffering and needless death. Black Lives matter to everyone.
Welcome to the website of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (WGS) at Brandeis. We are a community of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff and Board members from a range of disciplines and backgrounds. Together we ask questions about intersectional aspects of women, gender and sexuality in classes, lectures and a range of public events.
We offer an undergraduate major and minor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and help to support the undergraduate minor in Sexuality and Queer Studies (SQS). We also offer a standalone MA in Women’s & Gender Studies and 10 joint MA programs in which graduate students focus on WGS and another discipline. We collaborate with a range of groups on campus and are generously supported by our National Board.