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The 2018 Brandeis ENACT Anthology is now available online


The 2018 edition of Brandeis ENACT Anthology "Advocacy for Policy Change: Brandeis students work to reform Massachusetts Law" is now available online. Read or download it [PDF] here

Melissa Stimell Appointed Interim Director for the Ethics Center


Melissa Stimell, Professor of the Practice in the Legal Studies Program and Academic Program Director of ENACT, has been appointed Interim Director of the Ethics Center. Read more

The Summer/Fall 2018 Newsletter is now available online


The Summer/Fall 2018 Issue of "Ethics Central" is now available in print or online. Read or download the latest issue [PDF] here

The Center's Marci McPhee retires after nearly 30 years at Brandeis


In July 2018, Director of Campus Programs Marci McPhee retired after 20 years with the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life. Watch a short video celebrating McPhee's dedication and service.

12th Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ) held in OsloBIIJ 2018

From May 30 to June 2, 2018 the 12th Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ) took place in Oslo, Norway. Read a summary of the session now, and stay tuned for a downloadable pdf report.

Second ENACT Institute brings new cohort of Faculty Fellows to BrandeisENACT Institute 2018

From May 20 to 24, 16 new Faculty Fellows visited Brandeis to attend the second ENACT Institute. Read about the Institute here, and learn more about the newest cohort of ENACT Faculty Fellows here.

The Ethics Center Celebrates its 20th Anniversary!Ethics Center logo

In 2018, the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life celebrates its 20th year! The anniversary celebration took place on Monday, March 12. There was a symposium, a reception, and a performance. Full details here. Read a BrandeisNOW story here.

Ethics Center Founding Director Daniel Terris Appointed Dean of the Al-Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences
Dan Terris

In June 2018, Ethics Center Founding Director Daniel Terris stepped down from the Ethics Center to accept the position of Dean of the Al-Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences at Al-Quds University, a Palestinian institution. Terris is now Director Emeritus of the Ethics Center. Read more here

ENACT Forum on Women's Political Engagementlogo

Massachusetts State Senator Cindy Friedman and former New Hampshire Speaker of the House Terie Norelli discussed their careers in politics and political advocacy. The event took place on Monday, April 9. More information. More about ENACT here. View a full video of the event here.

The 2017 Sorensen Fellowship Anthology is now available onlinesorensencover2017

Read about the experiences of 2017 Sorensen Fellows in Progress in Process: Stories of Growth Towards Justice. View all Sorensen Anthologies here. Learn more about the Sorensen Fellowship here.

ENACT - Advocacy for Policy Change: Present and Defend present

On Wednesday, April 18, The students of Advocacy for Policy Change (LGLS 161b) attempted to persuade people to vote for their bills, which are currently being considered by the Massachusetts State Legislature. The event encouraged people to exercise their right to influence public policy! Find out more about the event here. Learn more about ENACT here.

2018 Richman Fellow Vanita Gupta visited Brandeisgupta

Vanita Gupta, the former top civil rights prosecutor in the U.S. and current president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, was awarded the 2018 Richman Fellowship. She was in residence at Brandeis on March 6-7. She gave a lecture on the importance of cultivating hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges. Read more about her visit here. View videos of her lectures here. Read a BrandeisNOW article about her visit here

'DEIS Impact 2018: A Weeklong "Festival of Social Justice"logo

Brandeis University’s seventh annual weeklong "festival of social justice" was a great success! Students, professors, clubs, and academic departments hosted dozens of events, including talks, workshops, performances, exhibits, and discussions. Learn more about 'DEIS Impact here!

Complete Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Collection now availableoralhistory

All of the interviews conducted as part of the Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Project are now available to the public. The Oral History Project aims to preserve the voices of those individuals who worked to bring justice to areas of conflict. More information about the completion of the project is available here. The full collection can be accessed here.

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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


The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation
  • A new national program to engage young people in state-level legislative change. Details.
  • 29 Faculty Fellows from colleges and universities across the country have joined Brandeis in the ENACT network.
  • Four alumni of ENACT courses from across the country have been selected as the first cohort of ENACT Student Delegates

Brandeis Campus Programs

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