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WSRC's Spring 2021 Lecures, Events and Exhibitions are going virtual. Please click on the "Register Here for Virtual Event" links below to receive an invitation to our virtual events on Zoom. Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center's top priority is to keep our community healthy and safe amid coronavirus concerns. For information and updates on social distancing at Brandeis University please go to Covid-19 Response: What's Now, What's Next. For health updates, please go to the Brandeis University Health Center

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Spring 2021 Virtual Lectures, Events & Exhibitions

November 16, 2020-March 19, 2021: Online Exhibition Open 
November 16, 2020-May 28, 2021: Installation on View*

The Kniznick Gallery presents "Hellbent," a solo exhibition by Ariel Basson Freiberg. "Hellbent" explores the structure of spectatorship through paintings that fluctuate between the divide of spectacle and concealment. Drawing from narratives and representations of Salome, the young woman who lasciviously danced in exchange for the head of John the Baptist, Freiberg beckons us to consider the nature of the infamous performance in relation to desire, gender, sexuality, and power. Through the sensuous and energetic handling of her medium, Freiberg operates alongside her protagonist, and her painterly gestures multitask as form and narration.

*WSRC and the Kniznick Gallery will open to the Brandeis campus community on Nov. 16. We are closed to the general public, but those outside the Brandeis community are welcome to attend our virtual Spring 2021 programs.  

Ruth Nemzoff, WSRC Scholar and David Raphael, CEO and Co-Founder Jewish Grandparents Network: "Grandparenting in the Age of Covid"

February 2, 2021

12-1:30 p.m. EST

Since the lockdown in March 2020, grandparents are inventing new methods of connection with family and community. Nemzoff and Raphael share insights gleaned from discussions with 200 grandparents.

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February 9, 2021

5-6:30 p.m. EST

Boston-based artist Ariel Basson Freiberg will give a virtual lecture on her work, studio practice, and exhibition "Hellbent" at the Kniznick Gallery.

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Nancer Ballard, WSRC Scholar and Savannah Jackson '22, Brandeis SSP Student: "Inside the Election: Narratives and Citizen Engagement - 2020 and Beyond"

February 18, 2021

5-6:30 p.m. EST

Volunteer Lawyer Voter Protection Team member, activist coordinator, and narrative research scholar, Ballard, and SSP student Jackson, examine the role that narrative, engaged citizenry, and vertical and horizontal connectivity played in Biden/Harris campaign and support organizations in 2020.

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Pamela Swing, WSRC Scholar: "Betty: The Singing Suffragist: Truth through Fiction"

March 2, 2021

5-6:30 p.m. EST

Swing will read selected chapters from her creative non-fiction manuscript about her suffragist grandmother, Betty Gram Swing, and lead a discussion about issues involved in portraying her life through a fictionalized but historically accurate account.

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Rochelle Ruthchild, WSRC Scholar: "East to West: Russian Feminists and the International Women's Movement"

March 4, 2021

5-6:30 p.m. EST

The story of pre-revolutionary Russian feminist activism has been largely obscured in histories of Russia and the Soviet Union. Rutchild discusses Russia's pioneering role in achieving women's suffrage and in the early history of International Women's Day.

(Please note the new 5pm starting time, this lecture was previously scheduled for 12pm.) 

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WSRC Film Forum Discussion: "What the Constitution Means to Me"

March 11, 2021

6-7:30 p.m. EST

Heidi Shreck's timely play addresses themes such as women's rights, immigration, domestic abuse, and the history of the United States. Please view "What the Constitution Means to Me" before attending the WSRC Film Forum discussion. The discussion will be facilitated by WSRC Scholar Lora Brody, Judge Nancy Gertner and Brandeis Professor Daniel Breen.

(Please note the new 6pm starting time, this lecture was previously scheduled for 12pm.) 


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Susan Eisenberg, WSRC Scholar: "Solidarity: How Do Construction Unions Move from Exclusion to Inclusion?"

March 18, 2021

5-6:30 p.m. EST

Historically white, male, father/son building trade unions are making serious efforts to attract those previously excluded or marginalized due to their gender and/or race. What larger lessons can be drawn about solidarity for a country wrestling with the aspirations and shortcomings of its democracy?

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Holocaust Research Study Group: "2021 Holocaust Remembrance Panel: Echoes and Reckonings"

April 8, 2021

11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. EST

Echoes of the Holocaust exist in the politics and culture of today. Diverse perspectives on past
and present are offered by a filmmaker, fine art photographer, public memory artist, memoirist,
poet, sociologist, journalist and public health professor.

Co-sponsored by Hadassah Brandeis Institute. 

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Phoebe Schnitzer and Edith Chears, WSRC Scholars with Brandeis SSP student Haley Sousa '21: "Fostering Young Women's Leadership: Practicing Initiative, Facing Challenges"

April 20, 2021

12-1:30 p.m. EST

Speaking up, speaking out and taking action can present unique challenges for young women. Recent interviews with undergraduate organization leaders provided the foundation for structuring activities to promote these initiatives. The presenters examine the impact of group and individual interventions on strengthening initiative, a crucial component of young women's leadership capacity.

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Donna Dodson, WSRC Scholar and Walter D. Penrose Jr., Associate Professor San Diego University: "Amazons - Non-Western Perspectives and Contemporary Interpretations in Art"

April 27, 2021

5-6:30 p.m.

Penrose, Jr. discusses the ethnic variations which allowed women to be fighters from ancient Scythia
and China to modern Dahomey and India. Dodson discusses these influences on her new translation
of Albrecht Durer’s "The Four Horsemen" from the Apocalypse Series, into sculpted “Amazon” women warriors.

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Harleen Singh, WSRC Director: "Women on the Street: Rape, Protest, and Citizenship in Modern India"

April 29, 2021

12-1:30 p.m. EST

The 2012 Delhi Rape case, and the subsequent protests, were followed all over the world, thanks to
the mass proliferation of online news media. Singh charts a brief history of women's involvement in
the public sphere and discusses the complexity of protests and social movements in the context of
the world's largest middle class.

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Destiny Palmer, Virtual Artist Talk: "Reclamation and Back Talk"

May 1, 2021

2-3:30 p.m. EST

Boston-based artist Destiny Palmer will discuss her public art and studio-based practice that function as places to create dialogue and make space for investigation.

A Kniznick Gallery / Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts Event.

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