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The Ethics Center notes with sorrow the passing of passionate, principled human rights attorney Michael Ratner ’66, a former member of our International Advisory Board. Read our remembrance.
Brandeis University is presenting an exciting series of events through the spring of 2016 to commemorate the 100th anniversary LDB's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The series began on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, on the 100th anniversary to the day of President Woodrow Wilson’s nomination of Brandeis to the Supreme Court.
Acclaimed artist and social activist Theaster Gates was named the 2015-16 Brandeis University Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life. The fellowship brought Gates to the Brandeis campus from March 21 through March 24, including a public talk on Wednesday, March 23. Read more here.
The newest issue of "Ethics Central" is now available, featuring news, updates and opportunities from the Ethics Center. Read it here.
"The Responsibility to Protect at 10" papers now online
Papers based on the presentations made by a number of conference participants are now available in PDF format. These papers represent an array of perspectives on R2P and contribute to a historical, theoretical and analytical understanding of the doctrine, its potential and its limitations. Read more.
5th annual 'DEIS Impact a success
Ingram’s keynote address, “The Law and the Stage: Platforms for Pursuing Social Justice," was held on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater. Read more about Ingram's visit and other ’DEIS Impact events here. See the Facebook event here.
Martha Minow, winner of 2015-16 Gittler Prize, formally honored
Brandeis University has selected Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School, as the winner of the 2015-16 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize. Minow was formally honored at a ceremony and reception at Brandeis on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, at which she gave a public lecture. In addition, she met with students, faculty and staff in smaller group settings. Read the full article here.
ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation Faculty Fellowships
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 of ENACT and the ENACT faculty fellowship here.
The 10th Brandeis Institute for International Judges: "International Courts, Local Actors" – Report now available
The 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 2015, organized by the Center in collaboration with the University of Malta. Read more and download the full report [PDF].
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 Minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST)
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 Arts, Programs in International Justice and Society, and a range of Brandeis campus programs:
Promoting Just Societies and a Global Rule of Law
- "The Responsibility to Protect at 10: The Challenge of Protecting the World's Most Vulnerable Populations" conference brought leading scholars and practitioners together at Brandeis. Read papers based on conference sessions.
- Brandeis Institute for International Judges: Complete report of the tenth session now available [PDF].
- His Royal Highness Prince Zeid of Jordan spoke at Brandeis on "Nuremberg: the Future of International Criminal Justice." Details, video and PDF.
Transforming Violence Through Creativity
- New interdisciplinary minor focused on the intersection of peacebuilding, justice and culture: Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST). Details.
- Acting Together on the World Stage: Anthology, documentary and toolkit now available.
Knowledge, Action & Reflection for the Next Generation of Social Justice Leaders
- Sorensen Fellowship: the 2015 anthology of narratives is now in print: Rediscoveries: Reconciling Personal Narratives in Community Building [PDF].
- "Advocacy for Policy Change" (LGLS 161b) students work with Massachusetts legislators and advocacy groups to reform and propose laws. Read more.
- 'DEIS Impact: Looking back at the fifth annual Brandeis "festival of social justice" – with photos, videos, summaries of events, and more...
- The Center hosts two University-wide awards on behalf of the Office of the President: the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize and the Richman Distinguished Fellowship in Public Life.