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News & Highlights

Announcing ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation 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 and how to apply for the ENACT faculty fellowship here.

Summer/Fall Newsletter now in print and onlineNewsletter SF 2015

The newest issue of "Ethics Central" is now available, featuring news, updates and opportunities from the Ethics Center. Read it here.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

The Minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST)

Seeking Lives of Purpose

The Center helped 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