Fall 2009

These grants have been awarded to student- and/or faculty/staff-initiated projects that address issues of identity, pluralism and unity.

Autism Awareness Week
Asya Bashina and Emily Griffin
Three days of events aimed at raising funds and improving awareness about autism spectrum disorders. Events include film screenings, expert panel discussions, an exhibit of autistic children's art, and education/fundraising stations in the SCC atrium.

A Coming Together: Musika Rox
 Marnina Cowan
B'yachad and Mochila
A high energy, cross-cultural, coexistence show hosted by B'yachad and Mochila that will expose the Brandeis community to the language of tolerance through as appreciation of both Israeli and Palestinian identities.

Bare: A Pop Opera
Recipient: Austin Auh
Bare is the coming-of-age story of students at St. Cecilia's, a Catholic boarding school. The show centers on the secret relationship between Peter and Jason and how it affects the people around them. This is a compelling story of love, religion, and self-discovery. Admission is FREE and donations will be collected for Waltham House, one of the few safe houses for LGBTQ youth in the United States.

Cohesion: Where Culture Meets Activism
Recipients: Alie Tawah and Desiree Murphy
Cohesion, is an event to engage students, faculty and staff in a dialogue about the boundaries that we draw between ourselves as voices of multiculturalism, political activism and intellectualism and, in turn, how these lines that define each of us have influenced the culture of student involvement on our campus. If you are interested in attending, we ask that you RSVP to atawah@brandeis.edu by November 15th, as we will be serving a special home-cooked Thanksgiving meal. Join us for what promises to be a genuine and refreshing conversation about the culture of student involvement and diversity at Brandeis University.

Guest Speaker Kate Bornstein
Recipients: Thomas Arnott and Alison Better

Mela 2009: Milan, Together We Are
Recipient: Akash Vadlia
South Asian Student Association
A South Asian cultural show that entails dancing, music, acts, singing, and more. This year we will show the clash of cultures that has formed between America and South Asia through lively music and cultural dances with a mix of 21st century pop-culture.

Obbini Tumbao Residency
Judith Eissenberg and Yeiri Robert
A celebration of the music and culture of Cuba and the Afro-Caribbean diaspora.  Beginning on Wednesday, October 21 with the open salsa class, there will be many events, some in English, some in Spanish, all in music! The residency culminates in the World Music Concert, on Saturday, October 24.  More information is available at the Music Unites Us website.

Playing with Fire
Recipient: Michael Shafir
Brandeis Playback Theatre Society
Join Brandeis Playback Theatre Society for a workshop on using theater to explore stories of trauma and shame. Led by Etta King, this workshop will help you begin to explore another "tool" in the toolbox when approaching your area of interest whether it be peace building, theater, psychology or beyond.

Screening of Sari Soldiers
Recipient: Neladri Bose
The Sari Soldiers is an extraordinary story of six women’s courageous efforts to shape Nepal’s future in the midst of an escalating civil war against Maoist insurgents, and the King’s crackdown on civil liberties.  The film screening will be followed with a speech by the film's director and a panel discussion on democracy, feminism, and non-violence in Nepal.