Past Events & Programs

September 16, 2010

Paul Loeb spoke to over a 100 students, staff and faculty on civic engagement and citizenship responsibility. Watch a video!

April 20, 2010

Community Partnership Luncheon held in the new Shapiro Admissions Building 12-1:30pm

March 16-18, 2010

2010 (EL)2: Experiential Learning, Engaged Learners was held March 16-18, 2010 on the Brandeis University campus in Waltham, Massachusetts. A language learning workshop was held on the 16th highlighting Brandeis faculty in introductions to Arabic and Chinese. On March 17th Israeli Theater students wowed us with song and drama and theater students shared what they learned about Commedia del Arte! For the full schedule of events on March 18, 2010 and descriptions of the students presentations click here to view the 2010 program. The 2010 events were a success touching almost 500 Brandeis community members from the application process to the final reception. Students presented on work in the lab, around the world, and at their community internships!

March 26, 2009

EL2: Experiential Learning, Engaged Learners
A Brandeis Symposium Spotlighting Undergraduate Students’ Exploration, Discovery and Innovation

On March 26, 2009, Brandeis hosted an interdisciplinary symposium around the topic of experiential learning. Our goal was to bring together students from all majors and disciplines to share their work with the entire Brandeis community in order to highlight students who had created particularly engaged coursework. Our expectations were met and exceeded by students, faculty staff and all who participated. With over 150 people in attendence at 5 seperate events, students presented outstanding posters and panel topics and were met by reflective and thoughtful audiences. We were proud of the work put in by all who presented and attended and are eager to begin thinking about what our next symposium will look and sound like.

The complete program for the symposium can be found here.

November 11, 2008


Thursday, August 28, 2008

CER, CEF and CEL Faculty Orientation 6 to 8 p.m.  in Levine-Ross, Hassenfeld

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008

Training for returning Prospect Hill Terrace Community Learning Center tutors. 

Monday, Sept. 8, 2008

Fall 2008 Brandeis programs begin at the Prospect Hill Terrace Community Learning Center.  

Prospect Hill Tenants Association meeting, 6 p.m.

September 22-26, 2008

GenEdNow Civic Engagement Week

Monday, Sept 22, 2008

Waltham Kids Club fall programming begins.  

Monday, Oct. 13, 2008

Prospect Hill Tenants Association meeting at 6 p.m.

May 4, 2008

Community Celebration of the Spanish 105 project.

Sunday, April 27, 2008 12 to 4 p.m.

Community Garden Day at Prospect Hill Terrace. Students, tenants and many friends will have a Community Garden Day event at Prospect Hill Terrace. Students will work with Prospect Hill residents to help prepare flower and vegetable beds in front of residents' apartments and around the area. We are planning for the event to include great food, gardening advice and supplies for community members, and even garden-related activities and basketball games for children. Stay tuned for more information! We are looking for volunteers for this event as well, so if interested, please contact Larissa Liebmann at

April 30, 2008

Final day of after school programs at Prospect Hill. A celebration is being planned.

Postponed: Date & Times TBA

Celebrating Youth Leadership in Waltham. Join us for a Mural Unveiling from 3 to 3:30 p.m. at Thompson Park, Grant & Charles Street, Waltham MA and reception from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. at the Taqueria Mexico on 24 Charles Street, Waltham, MA. See the flier for more details. For more information, contact Professor Mark Auslander.

April 1, 2 and 3, 2008 at 6 p.m

America's Ambivalent Open Arms: A series of films and discussions about current U.S. immigrations realities. . each evening, Zinner Forum, Heller School

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 from 4 to 6 p.m

Justice Continues at Home: Building Brandeis-Waltham Community Partnerships.  Discussions of current and future partnerships around issues such as inmigration, education, family literacy and shaping the coverage of Waltham in the media.
Summer Social Justice Internships are available now. Click here for details.

February 27, 2008 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

CEL Student Leader and Mentor Meeting. The venue is on the 3rd Floor, Rabb (There will be signs posted to the right classroom).

Monday, February 11, 2008 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Training for students leaders and mentors in Brown 224.

Monday, January 28, 2008 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Planning session for Community-Engaged Learning. Venue TBA.

Sunday, January 27, 2008  from 1-3 pm.

Required training for all Prospect Hill tutors in Shiffman 125.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008 from 8 to 9 p.m.

Waltham Group Volunteer Recruitment Session (Includes recruiting Prospect Hill tutors.) in the Shapiro Campus Center multipurpose room.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Required training for all CERs and CEFs in Golding 101.

Sunday, January 20, 2008 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Volunteer workday at the Prospect Hill Community Learning Center

Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 8 p.m.

VOCAL Benefit concert for Prospect Hill Community Learning Center

Wednesday, December 5, 2007 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at Levine-Ross in Hassenfeld

Discussion of Community Engaged Learning causes and projects, featuring presentation as:
Larry Bailis and Tom Shields, Heller/Sociology (multi-year project with Waltham High School to assess opportunities for youth in Waltham);
Laura Goldin, American Studies/Environmental Studies (multiple projects over the years which focused mainly on environmental sustainability and needs of low-income families for safe, affordable housing);
Jane Hale, French and Francophone Studies,(several projects involving students partnering with organizations serving at-risk youth and immigrant families);
Ellen Schattschneider, Anthropology (Anthropology of Gender course formed close partnership with Prospect Hill housing development).

Monday, November 26, 2007 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Public forum on Civic Engagement and Affordable Housing: Building University-Community Partnerships at the Heller School's Schneider Building, Zinner forum. For details see the Waltham Archives Wiki.

Sunday, November 4, 2007 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Student-community workday at the Prospect Hill Terrace public housing development. For details, check out the Waltham Archives Wiki.

Friday, October 16, 2007 from 8 to 9 a.m.

Community Language Exchange Walk on Outdoor Track. See the Waltham Archives Wiki for more information.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Community Service Fair in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium. See attached flyer for more information.

Sunday, September 30, 2007 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Prospect Hill Terrace Community Workday and Get Together at Prospect Hill Terrace. For more information as well as directions, see the flyer. Also, please share your thoughts on the workday at the Waltham Archives wiki.

Thursday, August 30, 2007, 6 p.m.

Training workshop for Community-Engaged Fellows and Community-Engaged Representatives in Shapiro Campus Center 313.

Friday, August 31, 2007, 8 to 9 a.m.

University-Community Weekly Walk. Outdoor track, Gosman Sports and Recreation Center. (In partnership with the Joseph M. Smith Community Health Center). Each Friday at 8 a.m, subject to weather conditions. ( We will not meet on Friday, September 14, due to Rosh Hashanah.)

Saturday, September 1, 2007, 2 p.m.

Community Dialogue on the Waltham Community Archives, Backpages Books, Moody Street, Waltham (open to community members.)

Sunday, September 2, 2007, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Fall harvest, Waltham Community Farms. (optional program of incoming undergraduates; please register in advance for transportation from campus.)

Tuesday May 29, 2007, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Family Literacy Night: "Connections between Literacy and Health" Waltham Public Library Lecture Hall 735 Main Street, Waltham. Keynote: "Family Literacy from Waltham to Maseru and Back" (Jane Hale) . Jane Hale, Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Brandeis, shared how her experience with the Waltham Family Literacy Coalition has shaped her work in the Southern African country of Lesotho. Professor Hale shared photos, stories, and lessons learned from her work in Lesotho and facilitated a discussion on how the citizens of Waltham might benefit from a collaboration with this young and energetic organization.

March 28, 2007

"Justice Begins at Home: Building Brandeis-Waltham Community Partnerships. Participants included keynote speaker Marci Diamond (WATCH), Mark Rudnik, Anne Marie Carr Reardon, Karla Zevallos (Breaking Barriers)

October 31, 2006

Community-Engaged Learning faculty roundtable. Presenters included Harleen Singh (GRALL) on her students' research on the South Asian Diaspora in the northeast; Lidwien Kaptjeins (History, Wellesley) on her students' service learning work with the local Somali community as well as reflections on her experiences as faculty director of service learning at Wellesley; Caitrin Lynch (Anthropology, Olin) and Benjamin Linder (Mechanical Engineering, Olin) on their innovative efforts to synthesize ethnography, design and product development in the classroom; and Rogaia Abusharaf (Brown) on her recent class at Tufts on Southern Sudanese immigrants. The roundtable was co-sponsored by the Greater Boston Anthropology Consortium and the Committee on the Support of Teaching.