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

Administrative Assistant:
David Divins

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8923
Fax: (440) 775-6698

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Leah Freed Memorial Prize - Fall 2005 Recipients

Leah Freed Memorial Prize - Fall 2005 Recipients

The Fall 2005 recipients are as follows:

  1. Caitlin Cardina
    Double Major in Creative Writing & Biology

    Project Title: Mind, Soul, and Strength: Celebrating Women Healers

    Project Description: I am interested in creating an artistic piece inspired by the healing tradition of women, in remembrance of and encouragement for women who mend the body, the mind, the natural world, and relationships between people and among nations.  The project will result in a series of silk paintings accompanied by poems and creative nonfiction pieces based on the theme of women as healers.  In my research, I have encountered narratives of women from a range of geographic regions, cultures, and spiritual orientations, who have in common a call to ease suffering.  The images and words from the experiences of these women will form the basis for my artwork.
  2. Eva Seligman
    Double Major in GAWS & Religion

    Project Title: Body, Mind, Gender, and Self in the New Buddhism

    Project Description: Within the past few decades, and perhaps for the first time in Buddhist history, large groups of women have been actively transforming the mainstream practice of Buddhism with a conscious focus on women’s roles, patriarchy, and gendered experience. My senior honors project in the Gender and Women’s Studies department will be an exploration of how issues of gender and sexuality have affected the movement of American Buddhist converts between different sects of Buddhism and how the effect of gender consciousness has been a leading factor in the creation of what some scholars have begun to call the “New Buddhism.” New Buddhism refers to the growing community of Western converts to Buddhism, primarily in North America and Western Europe. New Buddhism is often distinguished from traditional (also called classical or Asian) Buddhism by the following characteristics: lay practitioners’ interest in and access to elite teachings and practices, a move towards gender equality in Buddhist communities and leadership, and dialogue between different sects of Buddhism.

  3. Lesley Wynn
    Double Major in GAWS & East Asian Studies

    Project Title: Tatakau Onnatachi: Intergenerational Japanese Feminism

    Project Description: I will be traveling to Tokyo and Kyoto to research the ways in which changing perceptions of sexuality influence activism among Japanese feminists. Though Japanese feminism has a history of commitment to diverse issues including environmentalism, the position of the housewife, and labor politics, young feminists have recently become more involved in issues pertaining to sexuality and queer identity. I will be conducting interviews, visiting institutions and groups, and accompanying several women in their fieldwork, including workshops on AIDS education.