Spring 2009

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

A Unique Perspective on Homosexuality
Recipients: Tzipora Hait and Leora Perkin
Rabbi Steve Greenberg is the only openly gay orthodox Rabbi. Over the course of his weekend at Brandeis, he will deliver a series of lectures, informal talks, and a movie screening of "Trembling Before God," a documentary film on Orthodox homosexuals in which he is featured.

B.O.M.S (Brandeis Open Mic Series)
Recipient: Jason Simon-Bierenbaum
Brandeis Poetry Slam Team
B.O.M.S is a weekly event that starts off with an open mic portion to showcase any original performance art, especially poetry, followed by a world recognized spoken word artist. It is then finished off with a poetry slam towards the creation of the Brandeis Poetry Slam Team.

Celebration of Holi
Recipients: Ishita Lambda and Shailee Vora
South Asia Student Association

ELL Book: Music from Around the World
Recipients: Miriam Cooper and Yonit Boussany

"I am the First"
Recipients: Philips Loh and Lindsay Bruce
A fun-filled event to celebrate programs that help first generation college students to succeed. Everyone who attends will have the privilege of hearing students and faculty discuss what it means to be a first-generation college student at Brandeis University and at the end reach a more thoughtful and enduring understanding of the issues faced.

Jewminicana: The Intersection between Religious and Racial Identity
Recipients: Rachel Lewis and Kaamila Mohamed
Aliza Hausman, a Dominican Jew strongly connected to both her Latina and Jewish heritage, will speak about her commitment to two identities that often do not cross over and the unique position this places her in within both communities.

Jews.and.Muslims Session: Homies in Harmony III
Recipients: Neda Eid and Jessica Kent
We've hosted Homies in Harmony 1 and 2 to foster positive relationships between the Muslim and Jewish community at Brandeis through Music, food, and friendship. This year, we'd like to expand the relationships through a respectful but challenging conversation. Please join us for a student panel, bring your own thoughts and questions, and dig into some free refreshments for JAM Session 2009. Torah and Quran passages will introduce the event and a musical performance will conclude it. This event is sure to be phenomenal, so come on by!

Korean Night
Recipient: Bohyun Lee
K-Nite is one of the largest annual cultural events held at Brandeis. It is composed of unique performances and presentations that strive to spread the art and knowledge of Korean tradition and culture, touching crucial aspects of Korea such as politics, history, arts and traditional clothes and food.

Lunar New Year
Recipients: Olen Shen and Qiong Lin
Brandeis Chinese Cultural Club
A performance exhibiting various aspects of Chinese culture and the Chinese New Year traditions followed by dinner and a night market.

Mitzvahs for Mumbia Carnival
Recipients: Rachel Lewis and Juhi Chada
A fun day of games, food and good deeds that aims to bring all different parts of our community together as we experience a shared sentiment of kindness and unity to combat the hatred that ravaged Mumbai a few months ago.

MLK Weekend of Service
Recipients: Chatara Ellis and Shannon Cabell
A weekend long celebration of the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. including Dinner for Facilities and Dining Hall Employees. A pasta dinner will be served to the Facilities and Dining Halls staff to show our appreciation for all of their hard work.

Monsters, Messiahs, or Something Else? Mixed-Race in Science Fiction Movies
Recipients: Christina Luo and Kaamila Mohamed
An interactive presentation given by multiraciality speaker Eric Hamako on the portrayal of mixed-race individuals in science fiction movies.

Nettle: Music for a Nu World
Recipients: Judith Eissenberg and Wayne Marshall
Music for a Nu World is a live ensemble of violin, Arabic string instrument, percussion, electronics, and real-time sampling. They rejoice in diverse histories and cultures through the universal narrative of music with north African folksong, free improvisation, and Arab classical traditions merged with digital experimentalism, gritty electronics, and hip hop breakbeats.

Playback Theatre Workshop
Recipient: Coretta Garlow
Come learn the foundations of Playback theatre with professional playback actor Sheila Donio. Nourishing food will be provided. Anyone in the Brandeis community with interest in theater, movement, music, or social justice should come!

Sexualities Discussion Group
Recipients: Alison Better and Thomas Arnott
Group meets to discuss issues in sexualities on a weekly basis. Topics are selected two weeks in advance, with meetings typically being led by students who have particular interest in the week's topic. Since everyone has sexuality, this group transcends the scope of current LGTB issues on campus, and we seek to approach matters in an academic manner.

Thesis Project
Recipient: Timothy Pracher-Dix

Untangling the Web; Different Perspectives to Achieve Health Parity
Recipient: Sandhya Nambudripad
FIMRC members will share their experiences volunteering in two impoverished Peruvian clinic as well as discuss the similarities and differences between the Costa Rican project sites members have assisted in previous years. During this time we will also facilitate a discussion between professors and scholars well-versed in areas that have an impact on global health. We will analyze the problem of disparities in international health through the perspectives of these various areas of expertise and discuss the importance all these schools of study have on global issues. We will also demonstrate how melding these perspectives these perspectives together to get a holistic view of global health can lead to new avenues that can be taken to facilitate changes.

"You can't be a lesbian - you're Jewish!"
Recipients: Debra Signer and Noam Sienna
Leslea Newman is coming to Brandeis to speak about being Jewish and a Lesbian. She will talk about issues of dual identity.