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"Brandeis has always taken pride in its belief in social justice, and ‘DEIS impact takes that belief to a whole new level. It is that week when the Brandeis community collectively comes together to celebrateour community's strength to make a positive change in our world.” - Shikha Chandarana, '17, 'DEIS Impacter

"I was in a 'DEIS Impact event my first year on campus, and was overwhelmed with how many issues were brought to the forefront of the university as a result. 'DEIS Impact is such a uniquely Brandeis experience.”-Jessica Plante, '16

"Last year's festival was my absolute favorite week I've experienced at Brandeis. Every single event I went to or participated in left my mind and soul empowered and enriched, and I still feel the power of these events months later. I finally felt like I was a part of a larger, impassioned Brandeis community. -Regina Roberg, '17

Jan. 28 - Feb. 7, 2016

A Weeklong "Festival of Social Justice"

The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the Student Union presents Brandeis University’s fifth annual weeklong "festival of social justice." Students, professors, clubs, and academic departments will host dozens of events, featuring talks, artmaking workshops, performances, exhibits and discussions.

Read summaries and see photos from 'DEIS Impact 2015 here.

Read a welcome message from our organizers.

'DEIS Impact Kickoff Party! 

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

Help us kick off the 2016 ‘Deis Impact festival with this fun and informative event! The theme of the kickoff is “Moving to Social Justice,” and will involve social-justice themed performances from student groups on campus, as well as a showcase of the upcoming events throughout the week.


Special Featured Event: 
Louis D. Brandeis, The Supreme Court and American Democracy

Featuring remarks by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court of the United States

Thursday, Jan. 28, 5:00 p.m.
Shapiro Gymnasium, Gosman Sports and Convocation Center

Introduction by Lisa Lynch, Interim President, Brandeis University
Remarks by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Moderated by Frederick M. Lawrence, Brandeis University
Panelists include Ralph D. Gants, chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court; Philippa Strum ’59, senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Jeffrey Toobin, a staff writer for the New Yorker; and Mark Wolf, senior judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Admission: Free tickets required, distributed by lottery. Visit

Part of "Louis D. Brandeis 100: Then and Now:" a semester-long celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of Justice Brandeis’ nomination and appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

2016 'DEIS Impact Keynote Address and Performance with Germaine Ingram

Germaine Ingram
Photo by J.J. Tizio

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2:00-3:20 p.m. (performance), 3:30-4:30 p.m. (talkback) in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater: Performance of "Freedom Underfoot", with Germaine Ingram (bio here) about the final horrific year of the Civil War in Atlanta, consisting of original songs and dances, combined with text from slave narratives, diaries, women's autobiographies, and letters that excavate the ambitions, fears, and internal conflicts of southern women----slave, free, white and black. Musicians Dr. Jacqueline Pickett and Diane Monroe will lend their musical talents to this performance (bios here and here). 

Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Shapiro Campus Center Theater: Keynote Address- "The Law and the Stage: Platforms for Pursuing Social Justice"

Civil rights lawyer and jazz tap dancer Germaine Ingram illuminates her lives in the law, arts & culture, and the broad civic arena as avenues for advancing fairness, respect, and inclusion. This keynote includes excerpts from her performance, "Freedom Underfoot," presented Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. in Shapiro Campus Center Theater. Violinist Diane Monroe will lend her musical talents to this address (bio here).

See an excerpt of Ingram's work from a suite of original music and dance inspired by "Click! Song," a novel by John A. Williams about the personal and professional journey of an African American journalist in the period from World War I to the Civil Rights Movement. Music is by bassist Tyrone W. Brown.

This event is free and open to the public. 

These keynote events are part of the Student Support Services Program (SSSP) 25th Anniversary Celebration, and co-sponsored by Brandeis Posse and the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST).

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