The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute develops fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender worldwide by producing and promoting scholarly research and artistic projects.
The world's only academic center of its kind, the HBI provides research resources and programs for scholars, students and the public. The Institute publishes books and a journal, convenes international conferences and local programming, and offers competitive grant and internship programs.
The Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law (GCRL) was launched in February 2007 as part of the celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. The project is generously funded by a gift from the Dan Fischel and Sylvia Neil Philanthropic Fund.
The mission of the Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law is to support research and activism, which explores conflicts between women's claims to gender equality and legal norms justified in terms of religious and cultural traditions. Its location in the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, a leading research center on Jewish women's studies, shapes its unique approach to exploring these issues. The project supports research on the rights of women in Jewish law, both in Israel and the Diaspora. It also supports comparative work that examines the issues of women's rights under religious laws in inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspective.
Launched in February 2009, the mission of the HBI Project on Families, Children and the Holocaust is to introduce a new dimension to Holocaust studies – interdisciplinary research on the histories and representations of East European Jewish families and children from 1933 to the present. In particular, the project aims to explore the experience of childhood, motherhood and fatherhood in specific geographical locations and in a transnational context. The project also encourages methodological research and artistic expressions pertaining to adult and child survivors' accounts of their prewar, wartime and postwar lives.
The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI) publishes and promotes a diverse range of works, from academic books and scholarly papers to popular prose and fiction and multimedia projects featuring some of today’s most prominent authors in the field of Jewish and gender studies. Topics covered in the HBI’s publications span the spectrum of Jewish women’s history and culture – from an in-depth exploration of women’s life in the Yishuv to contemporary trends of intermarriage in Jewish-American familial life, delving into the history of Jewish women in sports, to readings on Jewish women’s lives in Muslim societies, circulating the globe to examine pertinent issues and survey the oft-unexplored in Jewish women’s life.
Similar in structure to the undergraduate program, the graduate student interns also facilitate the research of HBI affiliated scholars while carrying out their own research projects. Graduate student interns interact closely with their supervisors, who act as their academic advisers. While not a requirement, the ideal candidates are working towards a degree in an area of study related to the supervisors’ expertise. All field trips and extracurricular activities are optional for the graduate student interns.
After decades of marches, boycotts, lobbying and rallies, did the protests of the past 40 years really make a difference? Do protests still work? Can women still advocate change through social activism?
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Women’s choices appear to emphasize child welfare more than those of men. This paper presents new evidence on how suffrage rights for American women helped children to benefit from the scientific breakthroughs of the bacteriological revolution.
Gloria Jacobs is Executive Director of the Feminist Press, a non-profit publisher affiliated with the City University of New York. The Press has been publishing books by and for women around the globe for 36 years, and also publishes WSQ, the Women’s Studies Quarterly. A journalist, author and feminist activist, Ms. Jacobs was for many years the Executive Editor of Ms. magazine. She is the co-author, with Barbara Ehrenreich and Elizabeth Hess, of Re-making Love: The Feminization of Sex, which analyzed the convergence of the women’s movement and the sexual revolution. Her articles have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The Guardian (UK), Mother Jones, Working Mother, and New York Woman. Working as a consultant for the United Nations, she edited and wrote several major reports on the status of women around the world.
Carole Stabile, Director, Center for the Study of Women in Society; Professor, English and School of Journalism and Communication, will talk about the blacklisting of women television writers during the anti-communist crusade at this CSWS “Road Scholars” presentation.