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Dr. David Lisak Presents on Sexual Violence on College Campuses, 2014

David Lisak

Dr. David Lisak, a forensic psychologist and expert on non-stranger rape came to Brandeis on 10/21/14 to address a large audience of students, faculty, and staff.  Excerpted from an article in The Brandeis Hoot, by Emily Belowich: The first part of Lisak’s lecture informed the audience about common trends in sexual violence on college campuses […]

Women’s Rights Project Forms in 1970

Women Unite

The Women’s Rights Project was both a feminist-minded community organization and communal space for “those who have, at some time in their lives, awakened to the fact that being a woman in our society imposes a unique set of economic, political, social and intellectual problems which severely inhibits their growth as total human beings.” Said […]

Women’s Coalition of Brandeis Forms in 1971

Women's Council

Begun as an alliance of students, faculty, administrators and staff, the Women’s Coalition of Brandeis University formed in the Fall of 1971. The group described itself as “a political organization for all Brandeis women” and held its first official meeting on Nov. 10th in the West Lounge of The Student Center. One of the Coalition’s […]

The Chris Lerman Prize for Essays on Extraordinary Women is Established in 1995

Holly Jackson Wins the Lerman Award

This annual prize was established in 1995 by Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer ’69 to honor her mother Chris Lerman, a holocaust survivor, national leader on issues pertaining to Israel and the Holocaust, and devoted wife and mother. In the words of Jeanette, Chris is “an extraordinary woman who measured her achievement in terms of nurturing those she […]

Isak Kazes Prize Established in 1997

Shane Landrum wins the Kazes Prize in 2007

Created by Valya Shapiro ’61, in memory of her father and in honor of Jeanette Lerman ’69, this prize was started in 1997 to recognize a graduate student of outstanding achievement, integrity and passion for learning. The Women’s and Gender Studies Program annually selects the recipient of this prize. A full list of honorees is […]

Oliveri Prize, Gift of the Oliveri Family Established in 1994

Sarah Karpman wins the Oliveri Prize in 2006

Started in 1994, this award, created by Rosalie and Joseph Oliveri in honor of Rachel Oliveri ’95, commends a senior for extraordinary service and dedication to the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. The Women’s and Gender Studies Program annually selects the recipient of this prize. A full list of honorees is listed here.  

Richard Saber Grant Established in 1993

Victoria Wiet Wins the 2010-11 Saber Grant

In 1993 the Richard Saber Undergraduate Research Grant was established by Brian Saber ’84 in memory of his father, Richard Saber. The grant is awarded every fall to a Brandeis undergraduate to support a research project in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies. The grant is designed to fund original research using the library, […]

Giller-Sagan Prize Created in 1982

Kasey Wooten

The Giller-Sagan Prize was created by the Sagan family  in honor of Women’s Studies Alumna Susannah Sagan ‘81 and her grandmothers, Sadie Giller and Esther Sagan.  Sadie Giller and Esther Sagan left the shtetl in their teens and came to America in search of a full and complex life. Since 1982 the award has been […]

Women in Science Initiative Kicks off in 2008

Poster for Women in Science Initiative Talk "Dark Matter" with Gabriella Sciolla

In the fall of 2008, a new group started meeting under the auspices of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Known as Women in Science at Brandeis, the group brought together for purposes of discussion and networking faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and staff involved and/or interested in women and/or science and the Brandeis community. […]

Angela Davis ’65 Speaks on Racism and Injustice, 1976

Angela Davis

Angela Davis ’65 spoke about racism and the injustice of the American prison system in Levin Ballroom in the fall of 1976. To a standing room only crowd of 900 students she proclaimed, “I’m not trying to create a false sense of alarm….I am indeed frightened because I see all over this country signs of […]