Keynote Address

Kweku Mandela-Amuah and Ndaba Mandela

Feb. 5, 2014

Honoring their grandfather Nelson Mandela’s legacy, Kweku Mandela-Amuah and Ndaba Mandela will speak about creating the Africa Rising Foundation, to publicize the positive image of Africa and instill a sense of pride and purpose in young Africans across the globe. The keynote talk is in collaboration with the Ruth First Lecture Series sponsored by the African and Afro-American Studies Department.

Featured Events

'DEIS Impact boasts more than 50 events over 10 days. Featured events include:

'DEIS Impact 2014 Kickoff!!!

Friday, January 31, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

Come see what ‘DEIS Impact is all about! Explore social justice in the ball pit organized by The Ripple Effect, meet the event proposers, find out which events best suit your interests, and more! See how far the world has come in the quest for social justice, and see how much more there is to achieve! Free cotton candy and popcorn!

Sponsored by 'DEIS Impacters
For more information: Heather Spector

Seeking Lives of Purpose: Images, Songs and Stories that Challenge and Inspire

Events featuring cultural worker Jane Wilburn Sapp and photojournalist Don West
February 1–10

Portraits of Purpose: Focusing on Social Justice Leaders in Boston and the World
February 1 - 10, 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Slosberg Music Center Library

Imposing Our Lives Together: Song-Writing Workshop with Jane Wilburn Sapp
Sunday, February 2, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Slosberg Recital Hall
Application deadline: January 27
Download the application and instructions

Ain't You Got a Right to the Tree of Life:
Spirituality and the Quest for Justice in the African-American Musical Tradition
Wednesday, February 5, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Slosberg Recital Hall

Meet and Greet Artists Don West and Jane Sapp: Reception
Wednesday, February 5, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Slosberg Music Center Lobby

Read more details about these events here, and read more about the "A Way Out of No Way," multimedia project here.


Dead Men Still Walking: A First-Hand Account of Death Row by Death Penalty Activist Sister Helen Prejean

February 6, 2014, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. 
Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center

Sister Helen is the author of the best selling book "Dead Man Walking," which inspired a movie, a play, an opera, and in her own words, "a national debate." She has been in the prison ministry as an anti-death penalty activist for more than thirty years.This will be Sister Helen's second visit to Brandeis. In 2006, the Schuster Institute hosted her for the Brandeis Day of Innocence in a widely attended talk titled "What If We're Killing the Wrong Man?" More about this event on the Schuster Institute website.

More information: Liz Eckley


3rd Annual Brandeis SoJust Leadership Forum

6:30 - 8:30 pm
Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center

Featuring Brandeis alumni in diverse fields including education, law and activism, this networking event will inspire current Brandeis students to see how their passions and experiences – through academics, volunteerism, internships and campus leadership – can translate into a career in public service and social justice. View the Hiatt Career Center website for more information and a full schedule.

More information: Caroline O’ Shea