The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship

Gillian Weiss‌‌


Our 2015-2016 Fellow Associate Professor of History Gillian Weiss, PhD student Elise Hagesfeld, and undergraduate researchers Rye Carroll and Francesca Langer began their work on the role of Jewish students, faculty and administrators in campus activism.  They worked closely with the University Archives and KSL Special collection to collect and digitize material primarily related to the years 1967-1973.  These years saw the federation of Western Reserve University and Case Institute of Technology, the mobilization of the campus in response to wars in Vietnam and the Middle East, unrest in the Cleveland neighborhoods of Glenville and Hough, and the civil rights and women’s movements in the United States.  They sought to discover to what extent was “the American Jew…at the forefront of the youth movement today,” as a CWRU senior declared in 1968?  

The project continued into the 2016-2017 academic year with the goal of making these materials available in a website featuring archival documents, images, video and audio, and interactive finding aids with accompanying explanatory essays.  PhD student Michael Metsner and undergraduate researcher Noah Boksansky worked on the second phase of the project which included curating an exhibit, The Jewish View at CWRU, in KSL Special Collections in addition to completing an Omeka site with the digitized materials.

  • Freedman Fellows 2011 Announced
  • Freedman Fellows Program 2011
  • Freedman Center Fellow Program 2010
  • Freedman Fellows 2009 Announced

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