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Black and white photographic portrait of an older woman, dressed in black, smoking a cigarette.

Photo Credit: Ellen Warner - Portrait of Odette Walling, Resistance Leader, Paris, France

Ellen Warner | The Second Half: Forty Women Reveal Life After Fifty

Artist Talk, Book Signing, and Opening Reception with Ellen Warner: Thursday, September 29, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 

On View September 30 - October 27, 2022 

The WSRC is proud to present The Second Half: Forty Women Reveal Life After Fifty, a solo exhibition in the Kniznick Gallery by American photojournalist, portrait photographer, and author Ellen Warner, co-sponsored by Brandeis University Press.

Over the course of 15 years, Ellen Warner interviewed and photographed women from different cultures about life after age 50 from an author and translator in Connecticut to a sacred healer in Indonesia, a doctor in Saudi Arabia, a retired cook in Antigua, and the first French woman TV anchor.

The Second Half presents Warner’s analog black and white photographs accompanied by excerpts of the women’s interviews. Intimate and frank, Warner’s portraits reflect the aesthetics, traditions, and landscapes of their subjects’ environments —gnarled apple trees, bookshelves, gilded mirrors, stucco city blocks — and the histories they hold. Spanning decades and cultures, Warner’s portraits and interviews celebrate the wisdom, resiliency, and joy of women in their second half of life.


Collaborating Events:

Ellen Warner Artist Talk, Opening Reception and Book Signing - September 29, 6:00pm at the WSRC  REGISTER for "Ellen Warner Artist Talk, Opening Reception"

On Women and Aging: A Panel Discussion with Margaret M. Gullette, WSRC Resident Scholar, Sarah Lamb, Brandeis Barbara Mandel Professor of Humanistic Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis, and sculptor Nancy Schön.  Moderated by Harleen Singh, Director of the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center and Senior Associate Provost for Faculty and Global Affairs.  October 12, 5:00pm at the WSRC

REGISTER for "On Women and Aging: A Panel Discussion"

In Conversation: Photojournalist and author Ellen Warner and Judy Norsigian, author and co-founder of Our Bodies, Ourselves. Moderated by Bernadette Brooten Myra and Robert Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Professor Christian Studies, Emerita, Brandeis University.  October 27, 7:00pm at the WSRC.

REGISTER for "In COnversation: Warner and NorSIGIAN, Brooten"

"Music Outside the Court: Corpus Christi and Black Villancicos"

Thursday, October 6, 2022, 12:30pm

Presented by WSRC Resident Scholar, Laury Gutierrez, The Corpus Christi has long offered multicultural and multiracial gatherings creating artistic expressions in literature and music.  Black Villancicos were polyphonic songs written using a language imitating how African and African descendants spoke.

REGISTER for "Music Outside the Court: Corpus Christi and Black Villancicos"

Steven Sater headshot

"Spring Awakening in a Post-Roe World, A Conversation with Writer and Lyricist Steven Sater"

Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 7:00pm

A live, interactive virtual discussion with Steven Sater, Tony Award, Grammy Award and Laurence Olivier Award-winning American playwright and lyricist best known for the book and lyrics to Spring Awakening, a rock musical criticism of oppressive moral societal attitudes. Moderated by Pascale Florestal, director of the Brandeis fall production of Spring Awakening. "...Spring Awakening has always been a cry from the heart for fundamental human rights. A young girl asks how babies are born, but is met with only lies and deceit — and later dies of a botched backstreet abortion...when we lie to our children, when we condemn as sinful the very words of their bodies, we only lead our communities to tragedy," says Sater. At a time when reproductive rights and women's health are under attack, Spring Awakening is now more relevant than ever.  This event will precede Brandeis Theater Arts' November 2022 student production of the show. 

Presented by the WSRC with co-sponsorship from Theater Arts and the Gender and Sexuality Center.

REGISTER for "Spring Awakening in a Post-Roe World: A Conversation with Playwright and Lyricist Steven Sater"

Roe and the 2022 Vote

Thursday, October 13, 2022 -Virtual Event, 7:00pm

yasYasmin Radjy, Executive Director of Swing Left, and heidiHeidi Sieck, co-founder and CEO of #VOTEPROCHOICE

A discussion between Yasmin Radjy, Executive Director of Swing Left, and Heidi Sieck, Co-Founder and CEO of #VOTEPROCHOICE. Moderated by Professor Jill Greenlee, Brandeis Associate Professor in Politics and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. The panelists will discuss particular races where the issue of reproductive freedom has great potential to mobilize voters, and other races where it does not. These leaders will also discuss the types of races that their organizations invest in (and what resources they provide) as a way of understanding which offices they see as having an impact on abortion rights moving forward.
*With co-sponsorship by the Vic '63 and Bobbi Samuels '63 Center for Community Partnerships and Civic Transformation (COMPACT).


book cover of "Human Blues" novel

Photo Credit: simon and schuster site

"Human Blues: A Novel" Book Reading with author Elisa Albert, Brandeis Alumni

Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 7:00pm

Author and Brandeis alum Elisa Albert will read from her newest novel, Human Blues, "a provocative and entertaining novel about a woman who desperately wants a child but struggles to accept the use of assisted reproductive technology—a hilarious and ferocious send-up of feminism, fameart, commerceand autonomy." Elisa will be interviewed by author Stephen McCauley, her former Brandeis professor and current Co-Director of the Creative Writing Program.

*With co-sponsorship by the Brandeis Alumni Association and the Brandeis Creative Writing Department

REGISTER for "Human Blues" Book Reading by author Elisa Albert

Carol Anderson with film title

"I, Too" Documentary Screening

Monday, October 24, 2022, 6:00pm at the WSRC

Join Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center Resident Scholar K. Melchor Quick Hall who will moderate a screening and discussion of "I, Too," a one-hour documentary film about the life and work of Gittler Prize winner Carol Anderson in a racially divided United States. Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson, Director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy at University of Massachusetts, Boston will be in conversation with Professor Anderson during this special event taking place during Anderson's three-day Gittler residency at Brandeis. 

REGISTER for the "I,Too" Carol Anderson documentary screening

Lakshmibai sculpture in wood created by Donna Dodson

Photo Credit: artist Donna Dodson

Amazons, Goddesses and Wonder Women: A Fulbright Journey

On Exhibit November 1 - 23, 2022, Kniznick Gallery

The Kniznick Gallery is pleased to host this unique exhibition featuring wood sculptures by WSRC Resident Scholar Donna Dodson, Poems by WSRC Resident Scholar K. Melchor Hall, collaborative animations with Trina Baker, Lesley University Chair of Animation, and concept art and 3D models by Lesley University interns Lexy Saunders, Paola Colon, and Sarah Clifford with posterboards by Brandeis University Student-Scholar Partners Pilar Duvivier and Cyrenity Augustin.  Alongside this artwork, the exhibition will feature feminist animations from Dodson's international colleagues who she met during her Fulbright US Scholar Artist Residency at Q21/MQ in Vienna, Austria with her host, Tricky Women/Tricky Realities, the world's first and only animation festival for women artists.


Corresponding Events:

Opening Reception with a Fulbright Award Panel:  November 1, 5:00-6:30pm at the WSRC Fulbright Award-winning scholars share their experiences and insight into the application process.  REGISTER for "Fulbright Award Panel presentation"

 Feminist Animation Panel: A panel of feminist animators, moderated by Trina Baker, Chair of Animation at Lesley University, November 8, 2022, 12:00 -1:30pm. Online.  REGISTER "Feminist ANimation Panel"

 Collaboration Event: Exhibiting artists speak about the process of working in large teams on collaborative projects.  November 15, 4:00-5:30pm at the WSRC. 

 REGISTER for "Collaboration Panel"

sign that displays "Post-Bac Pop Up Show" title

Brandeis Post-Bac Pop-Up Show

November 30, 2022- January 20,2022

Works created by students currently enrolled in the Brandeis Post-Baccalaureate Program in Studio Art, a one- or two-year residency program that focuses on the disciplines of painting or sculpture.

The Kniznick Gallery is open Monday through Thursdays, 10am - 3pm. 

Parking is free and easily accessible in front of and behind the WSRC.