Barbra Streisand to Fund Forward-Looking Institute at UCLA Focused on Solving Societal Challenges
“Building on her decades of work as an artist and activist, Barbra Streisand’s visionary act of generosity will enable UCLA scholars from many different fields to collaborate on research that will move society forward,” said said UCLA Chancellor Gene Block.
The Barbra Streisand Institute includes 4 research centers that respond to its concerns:
- the Center for Truth in the Public Sphere
- the Climate Change Impact Center
- the Center for the Dynamics of Intimacy and Power between Women and Men
- the Center for the Impact of Art on Culture
These centers will be housed in the Social Sciences Division of UCLA.
Widely recognized as an icon in many fields of entertainment, Streisand has achieved unprecedented success as a recording artist, actor, director, producer, screenwriter, songwriter and songwriter. She is the first woman to direct, produce, write, and star in a major film, the first female songwriter to receive an Oscar, the only recording artist who has produced No.1 albums in six consecutive decades, and the first woman to receive a Golden Globe Award for Best Director.
Along with these accomplishments, Streisand has long been a strong advocate for civil rights, gender equality and the maintenance of democracy. She has also been a leading environmental activist, funding some of the first research on climate change at the Environmental Defense Fund starting in 1989.
“It’s a great pleasure for me to be able to fund an institute at UCLA, one of the best universities in the world,” Streisand said. “It will be a place where future academics can discuss, engage and argue on the most important issues of the day; where innovators will speak the truth to power, help save our planet, and make glass ceilings for women an anachronism; and in the process give us a chance to have a brighter and more promising future.
Streisand has received two Oscars, five Emmys, 10 Grammys including the Legend Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award, a Tony Award, 11 Golden Globes including the Cecil B. DeMille Award and two Best Picture Awards for “Yentl” and “A Star Is Born , Three Peabody Awards and the Director’s Guild Award for her special concert – the only artist to have received honors in all of these areas. Streisand also received the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor bestowed on artists by the US government, as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.
A dedicated philanthropist, Streisand has supported cardiovascular research and education at Cedars-Sinai since 2007, and in 2012, the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai was renamed in her honor.
Streisand also established the Streisand Chair in Cardiology at UCLA in 1984. In 2014, the Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Health Program was established at the university, where the latest research examines stress and the connection between the heart and the heart. the mind.
“The future Barbra Streisand Institute will harness the full range of UCLA’s social science expertise on today’s most pressing societal issues, guiding policy and guiding solutions for the benefit of all,” said said Darnell Hunt, dean of social sciences at UCLA College. .
Prior to the formal establishment of the institute, which will take place when the full donation amount is received, the work will be hosted at the UCLA Center for Women’s Studies. The center is internationally recognized for its research in areas such as women’s empowerment, environmental sustainability, women’s health, public policy and politics, and the arts, culture and storytelling. Streisand’s donation expands the centre’s extensive research into critical issues affecting women and society in general.
“This incredible gift will impact our university for generations, and it’s a good time for us to mark the second century for UCLA,” said Dr. Eric Esrailian, UCLA faculty member, co-chair of the Second Century Council of UCLA. and longtime friend of Streisand who will collaborate on the programming of the Barbra Streisand Institute.
The first area of study and advocacy will focus on truth in the public sphere, a topic Streisand is particularly passionate about. Speakers and researchers will address the urgent and existential threats to democracy and examine how lies and the proliferation of disinformation can destroy the civic sense of decency, as well as entire countries.
Streisand says, “While it’s easy to think about the past, I can’t help but think about the future and what it holds for our children, our planet and our society. UCLA’s Barbra Streisand Institute will be an exploration of vital issues that concern us all… and the fact that my father, Emanuel Streisand, was an educator makes this institute even more meaningful to me.