$4.5 million grants to boost hospital chaplain research literacy

April 29th, 2015

Original article from BrandeisNOW!

Two grants totaling $4.5 million over four years from the John Templeton Foundation will better equip hospital chaplains to use research to guide, evaluate and advocate for the spiritual care they provide. The “Training Research-Literate Chaplains as Ambassadors for Spirituality and Health” project seeks to close the gap between hospital chaplains’ current limited research literacy and the importance of evidence-based care for all members of the health care team.

“Health care chaplains have embraced the importance of evidence-based practice but lack the training to realize it,” said project co-leader George Fitchett, DMin, PhD, professor and director of research in the Department of Religion, Health and Human Values at Rush University Medical Center. “More interdisciplinary collaboration and a growing understanding of how religion and spirituality can positively impact patient health means hospital chaplains are increasingly important members of a patient’s care team.” More details about the project can be found at this Transforming Chaplaincy website.

Wendy Cadge
Wendy Cadge

Wendy Cadge, PhD, professor of sociology and chairperson of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Brandeis University, is the project’s co-leader. This project grew, in part, from her book “Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine,” which explored religion and spirituality in the work of doctors, nurses, chaplains and others in health care. “Educating chaplains in research is vital for the profession as it continues to develop and as chaplains are members of interdisciplinary care teams,” she explained.

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“Institutional Betrayal: The case of Campus Sexual Assault” Presented by Prof. Jennifer Freyd

September 4th, 2014

Special Lecture

Institutional Betrayal: The case of Campus Sexual Assault

Presented by Prof. Jennifer Freyd
University of Oregon
Department of Psychology

Friday, September 12, 2:00 PM
Sachar International Center, Wasserman Cinematheque

Co-sponsored by The Department of Psychology, The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and The Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences
Hosted by Prof. Ray Knight

AAAS and WGS search for Joint Assistant Professor!

January 24th, 2014


By: Phil Gallagher

See entire article at the Brandeis Justice

As part of a cluster hiring initiative around the theme of the African diaspora, the African and Afro-American Studies department and the Women’s and Gender Studies program are jointly conducting a search for a tenure-track faculty member to specialize in women’s and gender studies in relation to the African or Afro-American community.

The new professor will divide his or her time equally between the AAAS department and the WGS program, according to Prof. Wendy Cadge (SOC), chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies program.

Prof. Chad Williams (AAAS), the chair of the AAAS department and co-chair of the search committee, said in an interview with the Justice that the committee has narrowed down its original applicant pool of almost 250 applications to three finalists, who will be visiting campus and delivering lectures in the next couple of weeks as a part of the interview process. The lectures are open to the campus community.

Williams stated that each of the three finalists fills “a gap in our curriculum … particularly in sociology, performance and the creative arts, [and] queer studies. These are all areas that we feel very strongly about, that students need to be exposed to.”

Cadge also addressed the importance of having a joint appointment between AAAS and WGS. “[The] WGS and AAAS programs saw an opportunity to greater combine their research and teaching by sharing a faculty member with expertise in both areas. It also adds to the commitments in both programs/departments to address issues of intersectionality,” she wrote in an email to the Justice.

Cadge also wrote that the new faculty member is expected to “teach core courses in WGS in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and actively advise and mentor students” alongside new electives which will be “determined based on their expertise.”

Williams expressed a similar expectation for the professor’s involvement in the AAAS department. “We would like for the person who accepts the position to be able to teach our Introduction to African-American Studies course, which is one of our foundational courses. But we’re really leaving it open to the person that we hire to shape their own courses according to their expertise and their interests as well,” he said.

Williams said that he expects the new professor to begin teaching at the University in the coming fall. According to Cadge, the three finalists are as follows: Jasmine Johnson of Northwestern University, will give a lecture, entitled “Choreographing Return: West African Dance Tourism and the Politics of Diaspora,” on Jan. 15 at 12 p.m. in Mandel 328. Kai Green of the University of Southern California will give a lecture, entitled “In the Presence of a Future Past: Black Los Angeles’ Queer Recoveries,” on Jan. 22 at 12 p.m. in Pearlman Lounge.

Kiana Cox of the University of Illinois at Chicago will give a lecture entitled “Visible but Out of Place: Black Women and Gender in Assessments of African-American Inequality” on Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. in Mandel 328.


In the Shadow of Slavery: Rape and Mutiny at Fort Jackson, LA

October 29th, 2013

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Jennifer Finney Boylan offers the 10th annual Eleanor Roosevelt lecture in Women’s and Gender Studies

October 23rd, 2013


On October 15th, best selling author and celebrated LGBT activist Jennifer Finney Boylan offered the 10th annual Eleanor Roosevelt lecture in Women’s and Gender Studies entitled “She’s Not There,” which was based on her memoir of the same name, and details her experiences as a transgender woman.

Boylan began by reading an excerpt entitled “In the Early Morning Rain,” an emotional piece that lays out a moment where Boylan, haunted by and struggling with her identity as transgender, travels to the northern edge of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and leans over a precipice, the strong wind being the only thing keeping her from death.  At the point where she makes a decision, “let’s do it then,” a huge gale pushes her back, and she hears a voice saying, “[a]re you all right, Son? You’re going to be all right. You’re going to be all right.”

From this moving piece, Boylan segued into a brief “Trans 101” lecture, where she spoke about the various identities that fall under the trans* umbrella, noting the importance of using the labels/terms individuals have selected for themselves.  This led to a lively and engaging question and answer period, which culminated in an impromptu performance of “So Says the Whippoorwill” by the musically talented Boylan, followed by a final reading from her newest book, Stuck in the Middle With You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders.

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