Sunday, May 23, 2021

WGS Newsletter 2021 Now Published!

We are excited to announce the publication of the 2020-2021 WGS Newsletter! 

See WGS Newsletter here:

Please note the sections celebrating the WGS co-sponsored Unbound Visual Arts exhibition and Artists Panel discussion, Stronger Sisterhood: Representing Intersectional Identity and a related program, Stories of Resilience: Our Stories Matter (page 7) and the annual UNESCO/UNITWIN Network feature update (page 14). The Gender and International Development Initiatives (GaIDI) of Brandeis University was a promotional supporter. 


Friday, May 7, 2021

Unbound Visual Arts Presents: Self-Preservation: A Complex Human Instinct

Join us for a late afternoon of fun to celebrate our virtual exhibition, Self-Preservation: A Complex Human Instinct. Enjoy a live musical performance from Mae Siu Wai Stroshane, an exhibition tour, a Q&A with the artists, and a raffle for exciting prizes!

The 11 artists represented are Nancer Ballard, Donna Caselden, Linda Clave, Catherine Lawrie, Sally Lee, Elisandra Lopes, Kat Masella, Maia Monteagudo, Michaela Morse, Jennifer Jean Okumura, and Diane Sheridan.

Self-Preservation: A Complex Human Instinct is curated by Cecilia Christman and designed by Kyung Eun Lee. Cecilia has a degree in art history from Boston College and assisted in an exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Kyung has a master's degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. The exhibit explores forms of self-preservation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Self-Preservation: A Complex Human Instinct is available in the Unbound Visual Arts Virtual Exhibition Gallery for 24 hours a day through June 30, 2021. The exhibit features 22 works of art, which include paintings, photographs, mixed media, and sculptures that reflect on themes of healing and division during the pandemic.

Enjoy the virtual gallery at

View the one-minute video tour available on YouTube at

Curator Cecilia Christman observes that “as a result of the pandemic and the country’s reckoning with racial injustice, the practices of individualism and self-preservation have burgeoned into many new forms.” As curator, she aimed to illuminate different forms of self-preservation, inviting artists and audiences to “explore the ways in which self-preservation can hurt, heal, divide, and unify.”

Gender and International Development Initiatives (GaIDI) and the BU/WGS-based UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Gender, Culture and People-Centered Development are promotional supporters. 

Visit the Self-Preservation Exhibit Gallery