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Announcing the National Expansion of Advocacy for Policy Change Advocacy Expansion gift signing

The Ethics Center is pleased to announce that a generous gift from  Center Board member Norbert Weissberg and his wife, former Board member Judith Schneider, will enable the national expansion of the Advocacy For Policy Change Initiative – a model program for civic engagement. Details.

Sorensen Fellows journey to their home countries and to new places
2015 Sorensen Fellows in the field

The 18th cohort of Sorensen Fellows journeyed back to their home countries or to new places for their summer internships. Their experiences so far have been both intense and thought provoking. Details.

“One Rock Three Religions” film screening with guests: 9/3 OneRockThreeReligionsPoster

“One Rock, Three Religions” explores humanity’s connection to one of the world’s most revered and disputed places, Jerusalem’s Haram Al Sharif or The Temple Mount. A screening of the film will be followed by a discussion with the director, the producer, and other special guests. Details on Facebook.

New Ethical Inquiry: "The Ethics of Prenatal Testing for Down Syndrome: Is Knowing Always Better?"DNA

Prenatal testing for Down syndrome creates a series of ethical questions related to choice, autonomy and quality of life.  Explore the issues in our newest Ethical Inquiry, researched and written by Leah Igdalsky '14. Read it. 

The  2015 Sorensen Fellows In the Field

'DEIS Impacters at the 2015 Kickoff eventThe eight Sorensen Fellows are in the field at internships in Argentina, China, Ethiopia, Norway and around the United States. Read about their internships.

Richman Fellow Lecture and Award Presentation: Civil Rights "Living Legend" Julian Bond

julian bond2014-15 Richman Fellow Julian Bond spoke at Brandeis about how he became a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, and where his activism has taken him over the ensuing decades. He highlighted important people and events of the 1960s, and discussed other movements that have grown out of the Civil Rights Movement, up to and including the fight for marriage equality and the opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline. See the list of public events featuring Julian Bond. 

Ethics Center LIVE! Photo Manipulation in Pursuit of "Beauty"

Brandeis students explored the ethical implications of digital photo manipulation, particularly implications concerning women, racial and ethnic conceptions of beauty, and effects on body image and expectation for young people at this event. Read the Ethical Inquiry to be discussed: "The Ethics of Digital Photo Manipulation: Alterations in Pursuit of 'Beauty". Event details on Facebook.

The Responsibility to Protect at 10: the Challenge of Protecting the World's Most Vulnerable Populations R2P conference logo

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle recognizes that the international community has a role to play when sovereign states fail to protect their own populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity. This conference brought together leading scholars and global actors to share ideas and experiences about philosophical and practical aspects of R2P. Details.

Thoughts from the Brandeis Institute for International Judges undergraduate interns

internsTwo undergraduate interns from Brandeis provided support throughout the 2015 Brandeis Institute for International Judges: Michael Abrams '15 and Amelia Katan '15. Read their reflections on the experience.

The 10th Brandeis Institute for International Judges: "International Courts, Local Actors"

The 10th BIIJThe Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ) provides members of the international judiciary with the opportunity to meet and discuss critical issues concerning the theory and practice of international justice. The 10th BIIJ took place in Malta in January, organized by the Center in collaboration with the University of Malta. Read more.

Announcing the Minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation 
Seeking Lives of Purpose

This semester the Center is helping to launch a new minor at Brandeis focused on the intersection of peacebuilding, justice and culture. Read more about the CAST minor.

Podcast: "Arts, Well-being and Resilience: Ideas and Music"Cynthia Cohen and Jane Wilburn Sapp

Listen to a presentation and performance by Director of Peacebuilding and the Arts Cynthia Cohen and musician, educator, activist and cultural worker Jane Wilburn Sapp: "Arts, Well-being and Resilience: Ideas and Music" was presented at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) on May 6. Note: the presentation begins at 15 minutes and 30 seconds, with an intro by UBC Professor of Law Michelle LeBaron.


The International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life encompasses the Program in Peacebuilding and the ArtsPrograms in International Justice and Society, and a range of Brandeis campus programs:

Programs in International Justice and Society

Promoting Just Societies and a Global Rule of Law

Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts

Transforming Violence Through Creativity

Brandeis Campus Programs

Knowledge, Action & Reflection for the Next Generation of Social Justice Leaders