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Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center

515 South Street, MS 079 Waltham, MA 02453-2728

Tel: 781-736-8100

Where Research, Art and Activism Converge

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About the WSRC

The Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center (WSRC) is an innovative, interdisciplinary research facility of scholars, students, and faculty who study gender issues and women’s lives. It hosts an innovative, dynamic intergenerational  community engaged in research and artistic activity.

Working in the arts, humanities, and social sciences and their intersections, researchers and artists focus on questions related to gender dynamics and inequalities. Advancing the social justice mission of Brandeis University, scholars contribute intellectually to the university as well as to the broader local, national and international communities.

Founded by Shulamit Reinharz, Ph.D. ’77, and directed by Karen V. Hansen, the WSRC is the home of:

The Scholars Program, a program comprised of 71 scholars studying gender issues in an interdisciplinary environment;

The Student-Scholar Partnership Program, which pairs undergraduate Brandeis University students with WSRC scholars for semester-long research assistantships;

The Arts Program, which oversees the Kniznick Gallery, a unique exhibition space devoted to the artwork by or about women, as well as the permanent art collection and scholarly art projects at the WSRC.

Throughout the year, members of the Scholars Program present their work in lectures, panels, performances and concerts that are open to the public and free of charge. 

In addition to this lecture series, other events are frequently held at the WSRC by the Scholars Program and the Kniznick Gallery including art exhibition openings, book launches, religious celebrations, scholarly lectures, film screenings and discussion panels. 

For anyone intrigued by the nexus of gender inequalities, gender dynamics and women's issues, research and art, we urge you to come to our center and take in the eye-opening discussions and thought-provoking art exhibitions.

The Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center celebrated its 10 Year Anniversary in 2012! Please view our fantastic video showcasing our Scholars and their work over this past decade, created by Scholar Ornit Barkai.

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