Spring 2009

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

Andrea Gibson Performance and Workshop 
Recipients: Ashley Lynette and Alison Better 
Andrea Gibson is an internationally acclaimed poet: a four time Denver Grand Champion, the winner of the 2008 Women of The World Poetry Slam (Detroit), who has placed 3rd in the world for the last three years by the iWPS. She has headlined prestigious performance venues coast to coast with powerful readings on politics, global justice and gender issues- soon to include Brandeis University!  Do not miss this incredible performance!

ELL Book
 Shani Rosenbaum
English Language Learning Program
The central goal behind the English Language Learning (ELL) initiative is to enhance Brandeis employees' knowledge of English such that they may be more comfortable communicating with, and understanding, Brandeis constituents, employers, and other individuals outside of the Brandeis community. Each year, the ELL Initiative creates and distributes a unique book of stories written by our learners focusing on a specific theme. This book represents the hard work and effort that the learners and tutors put in to this program over the course of the semester, and shows the progress that our learners have made. The book bridges our aims of teaching both English language to Brandeis staff and an appreciation of the cultural diversity on campus to the general populace.

Musica Rox
Recipient: Marnina Cowan
B’yachad will join Mochila in an original cross-cultural coexistence show that will focus on the possibilities of Israeli and Palestinian peace through a cultural model featuring guest performances of Spoken Word poetry, Ibrahim Miari of the Acco Theater Company and Adagio Dance Ensemble. The show is sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel to New England, the Israel Campus Roundtable, the International Centerfor Ethics, Justice and Public Life, the Brandeis Pluralism Alliance, the Karpf and Hahn Peace Award, the Hiatt Career Centerand the Brandeis Office of Global Affairs. Tickets are free with a Brandeis ID and $3 otherwise. Student tickets should be picked up in lower Usdan between 12-2 on March 3rd, 4th and 5th. 

Playback Workshop with Jo Salas
Recipient: Michael Shafir
Interested in theatre, peace-building, community, music, or social justice? If so, then this workshop is perfect for you. Jo Salas is a co-founder of a form of improvisation theatre known as playback and has taught it in over 20 countries. It is a form of theatre in which audience or group members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot, an excellent tool for bringing diverse communities closer together. RSVP to brandeisplayback@gmail.com if you wish to attend; food will be provided.

Sex and Sexualities Research Conference
Recipients: Alison Better and Thomas Arnott
Sex and Sexualities Symposium
Organized by the Sex and Sexualities Symposium (SASS) branch of Triskelion, the Sexualities Research Conference allows students a platform to present and share research they have collected or conducted around sex and sexualities. The day will begin with a keynote lecture by Dr. Eve Shapiro entitled "Tonight I'm a Gay Male Cheerleading Lesbian in a Biker Gang: Exploring Drag Performance and the Construction of Gender and Sexuality" and will be followed up by panels of Brandeis undergraduates sharing their sexualities and gender research.

Take me to Haiti 
Recipients: Nadine Channaoui and Shaina Gilbert
Come get a taste of Haiti! Learn about the country and culture behind the catastrophic earthquakes. "Take Me to Haiti" will be a celebration of Haitian food, music, dance, stories, language, and culture.