Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
Department Chair:
Greggor Mattson

Administrative Assistant:
David Divins

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Phone: (440) 775-8923
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Leah Freed Memorial Prize - Fall 2002 Recipients

Leah Freed Memorial Prize - Fall 2002 Recipients

The Fall 2002 recipients are as follows:

  1. Sarah "Annie" Gebhardt

    Project Title: "Ideologies and Practices of Primary School Sex Education"

    Project Description: This research project is intended to explore two primary questions: (1) What are the politics, controversies, and constraints--on both the national and local levels--that determine the literal and ideological content of preadolescent sex education? (2) What are some of the implications of the knowledges and ideologies that are ultimately communicated to preadolescent youth--both for the policy-makers and the youth themselves? The research project will center around a qualitative content-analysis of educational materials (i.e., videos, books, hand-outs) used in teaching 9-12 year-olds about sex and sexuality in school. The project also includes face-to-face interviews with local educators and members of the school-board, as well as extensive secondary research. It is the intention of this project to explore preadolescent sex education as an early and institutionalized means through which common understandings, attitudes, and assumptions about sex and sexuality are both communicated and contested. The final aim is to consider the potential for transforming the sex and sexuality education and socialization of youth as a method of working towards future social change in relation to gender and sexual identities.
  2. Jane Lee

    Project Title: "Zainichi Korean Women in Japan: An Interpersonal Study"

    Project Description: "Zainichi Korean Women in Japan: An Interpersonal Study,"is a research project concerning the historical and social experiences of Korean women in Japan. Through previous research on the broader history of Koreans in Japan, the strong need for a more adequate representation of Korean women became very clear. Zainichi women have played a very unique and important role within both Japanese mainstream society as well as the marginalized Korean communities that they belong to. This research endeavor will involve traveling to Osaka, Japan with an interpreter during Winter Term to carry out individual interviews with young Zainichi women of high school age. Within the discussion of their personal life histories, I would like to focus on how each womanís educational experiences have affected their particular identity formation. My research in Japan will also include several visits to various schools in the Osaka school district where I will be observing the different systems of education that exist, which includes Japanese public schools, Korean ethnic schools, and International schools. While I hope that this project will help me to gain a better understanding of Korean women in Japan, my greater goal is to give voice to these women who have historically been and continue to be silenced.