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All events are free and open to the public. Tickets are required only for the keynote

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We Are Brandeis: Staff Stories

Display: Friday, Jan. 27-Sunday, Feb. 5, All day
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium
Event: Monday, Jan. 30, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

Brandeis staff stories collected by the class "Mapping Latino Boston" will be presented. There will also be a discussion of the images and staff stories on display in the Shapiro Center Atrium, as well as a celebration of the diversity and contributions of the lesser known members of the Brandeis community.

Sponsored by: Latin American and Latino Studies Department
For more information: Laura Brown,

Invisible Walls: Language and the Immigrant Experience

Display: Friday, Jan. 27-Sunday, Feb. 5, All day
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

Imagine living in a society in which you are expected to read, write and communicate in a language that you do not understand. Now imagine trying to be a successful advocate for yourself or your loved ones in that same society. Have you ever thought about how much you take for granted your ability to communicate openly or understand complex programs like the U.S. educational system? Simply put: what does English really mean to you? Stop by our interactive display to reflect on your own experiences and learn about what English means to immigrant families in our community.

Sponsored by: Waltham Family School
For more information: Ilana Cedarbaum,

Homelessness's Home: A Photography Display

Display: Friday, Jan. 27-Sunday, Feb. 5, All Day
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

Homeless Home, a photography project created by a group of people in Waltham Community Day Center who are mostly homeless, vulnerable and experiencing mental and physical abuses, shows things that they are happy about and grateful for in their lives. While homelessness is a difficult and dark issue, this presents a view of homelessness that is not often seen or contemplated. Come see what makes home and family for homeless people, and learn more about homeless issues and mental diseases in professional contexts.

Sponsored by: Waltham Community Day Center
For more information: Yiyi Wu,

Thursday, January 26

'DEIS Impact Kickoff Party

Thursday, Jan. 26, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

Passionate about a cause? Excited to learn from other student activists and leaders on campus? Join the 2017 'DEIS Impacter team and event coordinators as we kick off the 6th annual 'DEIS Impact social justice festival! Featuring live performances from top campus groups, the kickoff will be a great chance to get pumped for a week full of social justice and get ready to take action!

Sponsored by: 'DEIS Impacters
For more information: Amna Ahmed,

From North Carolina to Orlando: Queer Policy Across America in 2016

Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Gender and Sexuality Center, Usdan

2016 was quite a year. In June, Jamie Shupe became the first legally non-binary person in American history. Yet just four days prior, a horrific shooting transpired at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on Latin Night. In March, the “bathroom bill” HB2 first passed in North Carolina, while in October a Nashville attorney worked to expunge the so-called felony of “homosexual acts” from people’s records. Join Queer Policy Alliance for a talk about policies like these which still affect LGBTQ+ Americans today. How do they relate to America’s long history of discrimination against LGBTQ+ people? How can we work together to change them for the better? Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: Queer Policy Alliance
For more information: Laura Trietakova,

What do Judaism and Islam say about Social Justice?

Thursday, Jan. 26, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
International Lounge, Usdan

Judaism and Islam are both rich living traditions of law, theology and philosophy that have much in common. What do these two traditions have to say about social justice and the roles of citizens, law enforcement and courts in the preservation of the rule of law in society? How can we use that to understand Black Lives Matter, police conduct and the American judicial system? Can religious perspectives help us better understand and address these concerns in the American context? Join us for hors d'oeuvres, conversation and expert analysis from both Jewish and Muslim perspectives as we try to better understand some of the most pressing issues in contemporary American life. Featuring Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Pill, Director and Senior Scholar at the Institute for Jewish-Muslim Action in Atlanta, and Brandeis professor Suheil Laher (NEJS).

Sponsored by: Common Ground, Brandeis Interfaith Group and Brandeis Muslim Student Association
For more information: Habiba Farh,

Mass Incarceration Series Part I (see Part II and Part III)

Mass Incarceration: A Panel on Causes and Pathways to Change

Thursday, Jan. 26, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Alumni Lounge, Usdan

The United States has only 5% of the world’s population, but 22% of the world’s prisoners. Embedded in this problem is the over-representation of people of color within the criminal justice system, and the criminalization of poverty, mental illness and drug use. This panel will lay the foundation for participants to understand the basics of mass incarceration from panelists with lived experience inside the criminal justice system or experience on the front lines. All are welcome to come and ask questions of the panelists, facilitated by a moderator.

Sponsored by: Heller School for Social Policy and Management
For more information: Brandy Henry,

Kosher/Soul? Black Jewish Identity Cooking

Thursday, Jan. 26, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Sherman Function Hall

How does food relate to identity? How do African-American and Jewish identities relate to food and to one another? Join food historian Michael Twitty for a cooking demonstration and discussion addressing the intersection of African-American and Jewish identities and exploring how food can be used to "mediate otherness and oppression." Bring your questions and your appetite! Presented by Hillel at Brandeis as an installment of the Hillel Race Talks series.

Sponsored by: Hillel at Brandeis, Brandeis Black Student Organization (BBSO) and Brandeis Bridges
For more information: Annie Lieber, alieber@brandeis

Friday, January 27

Activist Lab: Arts and the Refugee Situation

Friday, Jan. 27, 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Alumni Lounge, Usdan

Are you a social activist? Are you an artist? None of these? Great, then join us! This activist lab will use interactive approaches to help social activists explore how art can be used for social justice work. The lab will specifically focus on how we can fight polarization in European and American society in regards to refugees. The concrete plans coming out of this workshop will inspire a new project called the Aleppo project, which will work with refugees in Berlin. While the lab will be held at Brandeis University, you will have the opportunity to work with experts from Germany and The Netherlands as well as Syrian refugees.

Sponsored by: The Center for German and European Studies and the Rose Art Museum
For more information: Hauke Ziessler,

Mass Incarceration Series Part II (see Part I and Part III)

Ending Mass Incarceration: What is Being Done and What You Can Do

Friday, Jan. 27, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Mandel Center for the Humanities Reading Room 303

We should all be ashamed of the state of incarceration in America, but since shame doesn’t really help the millions of men, women and children impacted by this embarrassment, what does? Or what might? This discussion features educators, activists and artists who are trying to address the gross injustice of a so-called justice system that disproportionately incarcerates and monitors along class and racial lines – and then is slow to “forgive” anyone with a criminal record. Panelists will explain how they got involved, then give advice for approaching this work and an overview of the range of work that needs to be done.

For more information: Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, or David Poplar

Coffee, Cupcakes, and Condoms

Friday, Jan. 27, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

Coffee, Cupcakes, and Condoms is a discussion centered on reproductive justice and its intersections. We ask, when does legality not equal access? Why is reproductive health a class and race issue? Where is the dichotomy in the pro-choice movement? This discussion aims to complicate the idea of being pro-choice; it is so much more than just the freedom to choose. Bring your thoughts, beliefs, testimonies, facts, lies, and especially preconceptions and misconceptions. Speakers will be dispersed within the discussion to offer unique perspectives to the already controversial idea that all people, regardless of race, location, previous conditions and socioeconomic status deserve the best health care.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Students for Reproductive Justice
For more information: Gaby Sandor,

'DEIS Impact Shabbat with Hillel at Brandeis

Friday, Jan. 27, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Sherman Function Hall

Join Hillel at Brandeis for a thematic Shabbat dinner and post-dinner program where we will engage in reflective and personal conversations about social justice. Experience a traditional Jewish Shabbat meal, open to all, while sharing in conversations about social justice and personal responsibility. We invite students of all faiths and secular backgrounds to bring their perspectives and voices. Please sign up between Monday, 1/23 and Thursday, 1/26 at

Sponsored by: Hillel at Brandeis
For more information: Cindy Spungin,

Saturday, January 28

Mass Incarceration Series Part III (See Part I and Part II)

And Still We Rise: Inside Out, Outside In

Saturday, Jan. 28, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

What is the impact of mass incarceration on prisoners? What is its impact on prisoners’ families, friends and loved ones? Is prison doing what we expect it to do? And Still We Rise offers a rich exploration using theater and interactive talk-back as a means to educate ourselves about this world through the stories of people impacted by prison. We look forward to seeing you there. Visit for more information.

Sponsored by: Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Institute for Behavioral Health
For more information: Dev Luthra,

Business Investing in Social Justice

Saturday, Jan. 28, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Lurias, Hassenfeld Conference Center

Can financial investments make the world more socially just? This panel features Brandeis alumni proving that they can. These alumni are using the power of business to improve systemic issues in society. Attendees will engage in a discussion about investing in social justice and divesting from social injustice. You’ll be empowered to support companies that have values that are consistent with yours. The panel features Carly Greenberg BA '11 MA '12, Elana Reinholtz BA '11, and Hannah Saltman BA '12.

Sponsored by: Net Impact Brandeis Undergraduate Chapter
For more information: Heather Spector,

Stand Up for Peace: if we can laugh together, we can live together

Saturday, Jan. 28, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Levin Ballroom, Usdan

See full description of this featured event.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Muslim Student Association, Brandeis Interfaith Group, and Common Ground
For more information: Amna Ahmed,  

Sunday, January 29

The End of Global Poverty Is Near: Be an Advocate, Take a Stand

Sunday, Jan. 29, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Mandel Center for the Humanities Reading Room 303

Over half the world lives on less than $2.50 a day. More than 80 percent of the world’s popuation lives in countries where income differentials are widening. How can we take a stand on these global issues? Join the Brandeis community for a discussion on how we, as students, can make a difference towards ending the global poverty crisis. Bring your thoughts, beliefs, testimonies, facts and opinions to this critical yet moving event. A speaker from The ONE Campaign will explore worldwide issues and help us delve into how we can take action towards bettering the world. We hope to offer a unique perspective on the already pivotal world issues, as well as provide a resource to enact change.

Sponsored by: ONE at Brandeis
For more information: Sage Rosenthal,

Housing Insecurity in Waltham: Building Understanding

Sunday, Jan. 29, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
International Lounge, Usdan

What is a home? Is it an apartment, a house, a street, a neighborhood, a city? What happens when that home is taken from you? According to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, there were 21,135 people experiencing homelessness in just the state of Massachusetts in 2015, and this number continues to rise. Join Hunger and Homelessness, Habitat for Humanity, and WATCH CDC (Waltham Alliance to Create Housing) for a workshop and discussion on issues of gentrification, discrimination, and homelessness right here in Waltham. Tell your housing story and listen to those of others from our community. Learn more about the steps we can all take to protect our neighbors’ rights to safe, secure, and affordable housing.

Sponsored by: Habitat for Humanity, Hunger and Homelessness and Social Justice and Social Policy Program
For more information: Rachel Lederer,

Books as Mirrors: A Workshop on Diversity in Media

Sunday, Jan. 29, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Mandel Center for the Humanities Reading Room 303

Join the Brandeis Harry Potter Alliance for a writing workshop and discussion on incorporating diverse characters into popular media. We will address the importance of representing every identity and how doing so impacts diverse audiences.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Harry Potter Alliance
For more information: Alyssa Berez,

Monday, January 30

We Are Brandeis: Staff Stories

Event: Monday, Jan. 30, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room
Display: Friday, Jan. 27-Sunday, Feb. 5, All Day
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

See full description.

Sponsored by: Latin American and Latino Studies
For more information: Laura Brown,

Brandeis Asian American Task Force: Not Your Model Minority

Monday, Jan. 30, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center 313

Join Brandeis Asian American Task Force as we make space to talk about what it’s like to be Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) at Brandeis. What is the Model Minority Myth? What issues do AAPls deal with and why should we care about them? What is BAATF, and how can you work with us to make AAPI students more included and empowered at Brandeis? We welcome all to come listen to AAPI voices and seek answers to these questions as we learn/share/meet with each other. Lunch will be served.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Asian American Task Force
For more information: Danni Tang,

Exploring social justice in the Brandeis classroom and beyond: courses, internships and careers

Monday, Jan. 30, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Levine Ross, Hassenfeld Conference Center

This student-focused event is designed to raise awareness and spark discussion about the variety of paths, within Brandeis and beyond, for students to explore and pursue their interest in social justice in diverse fields. Importantly, it is designed to help students think more critically about how to weave social justice into aspects of academic life at Brandeis, even if their major/internship/etc. is not obviously tied to social justice. This topic pertains not only to students, but also to faculty and advisors as well as alumni.

Sponsored by: Health: Science, Society & Policy Program, Social Justice and Social Policy Program
For more information: Sarah Curi,

Is Polygamy Good for Women? Religious Tolerance and Gender Equality

Monday, Jan. 30, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Hadassah Brandeis Institute Lecture Hall, Women's Studies Research Center

Is polygamy the next frontier in American marriage? Authors of three important new books debate the pros, cons and complications. The books are "The Polygamy Question" by Lisa Fishbayn Joffe and Janet Bennion, "Legalizing Marriage Pluralism" by Mark Goldfeder and "Polygyny: What it Means When African-American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands" by Debra Majeed.

Sponsored by: Hadassah-Brandeis Institute
For more information: Amy Powell,

Assessing Occupational Exposure in Black Hair Salons

Monday, Jan. 30, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Levine Ross, Hassenfeld Conference Center

Relaxers, hair dyes, Brazilian Blowout, press and curl. How do these procedures affect the health of black women? Join students from the Environmental Health and Justice JBS Program of Fall 2015 as they present their findings from a study on the health and environmental effects of chemicals used in black hair salons in the Boston area. Discover the connection between social justice and environmental health.

Sponsored by: Environmental Studies Department
For more information: Annie Fortnow,

Tuesday, January 31

Racial Trauma and Mental Health: Let's talk about it

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
International Lounge, Usdan

Join Active Minds for a two-part event in which we discuss the idea of racial trauma, its historical context, how it affects mental health, and what we can do to help stop it. Our event will start off with an open fishbowl discussion with various professors, Brandeis community leaders and other students, and will finish with an open discussion where everyone is encouraged to participate. This insightful conversation will shed light on a complex issue so prevalent in our society today. 

Sponsored by: Active Minds at Brandeis University
For more information: Ely Schudrich,

Keynote Address: "The World in You and You in the World: Identity in Action"

With Rebecca Walker

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Theatre

See full description.

Co-sponsored by: Intercultural Center

Wednesday, February 1

Defying Expectations: Chess Grandmaster Susan Polgar

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Sherman Function Hall

Chess is one of the world's oldest games and is played in almost every culture. In spite of its far reach, it remains incredibly gender exclusive. Join us as we host Grandmaster Susan Polgar, one of the strongest chess players of the past 50 years and the first woman to earn the Grandmaster title through tournament play. She will speak about her experience as a woman winning her way to the top of a male-dominated, prejudicial game, and her educational efforts with young girls. She will also engage in a Q&A and play a game of chess against five lucky members of the audience.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Chess Club, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute
For more information: Joe DeFerrari,

Raising Your Voice: Advocacy, Argumentation and Social Justice

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Alumni Lounge, Usdan

Have you ever been nervous about speaking up? Whether it be in front of your friends or a crowd of strangers, it can be difficult to get up the courage to speak your mind, especially when topics get sensitive. Come join the Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society for an open workshop on using public speaking skills to tactfully articulate ideas, discuss current social issues and engage in advocacy!

Sponsored by: Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society
For more information: Helen Wong,

"Transparent" screening with post-show discussion featuring Rebecca Walker 

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar International Center 
No tickets required. First come, first seated. Doors open at 6:30.

See full description. Free and open to the public. No tickets required. 

Co-sponsored by: Film, Television and Interactive Media Program, The Eli J. and Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program

For more information: 

Thursday, February 2

'DEIS Impact College:
Celebrity Status and Social Justice: A Double-Edged Sword

Thursday, Feb. 2, 10:00-10:50 a.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

An open session of SOC 156b, Sociology of Celebrity, with Michael Strand. To register (free), click here by Jan. 25. Walk-ins accepted on a space-available basis. See more information and the full schedule of 'DEIS Impact College.

'DEIS Impact College: Consumption as a Political or Ethical Activity

Thursday, Feb. 2, 11:00-11:50 a.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

An open session of SOC 150b, Culture of Consumption, with Laura Miller. To register (free), click here by Jan. 25. Walk-ins accepted on a space-available basis. See more information and the full schedule of 'DEIS Impact College.

'DEIS Impact College: Contemporary Theatre and the Theory of Bio-Power

Thursday, Feb. 2, 12:00-12:50 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

An open session of ENG 170b, Contemporary Theatre and Performance: Between Rights and the Post-Human, with Tom King. To register (free), click here by Jan. 25. Walk-ins accepted on a space-available basis. See more information and the full schedule of 'DEIS Impact College.

'DEIS Impact College: Stories Maps Tell and Stories Withheld

Thursday, Feb. 2, 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

An open session of LALS 144b, Mapping Latino Boston, with Laura Brown. To register (free), click here by Jan. 25. Walk-ins accepted on a space-available basis. See more information and the full schedule of 'DEIS Impact College.

'DEIS Impact College: Strange Fruit: Lynching in History and Memory

Thursday, Feb. 2, 2:00-3:20 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

An open session of AAAS 156a, #BlackLivesMatter: The Struggle of Civil Rights from Reconstruction to the Present, with Chad Williams. To register (free), click here by Jan. 25. Walk-ins accepted on a space-available basis. See more information and the full schedule of 'DEIS Impact College.

Should Where You Live Determine If You Live? Medical Relief in Peru

Thursday, Feb. 2, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
International Lounge, Usdan

Should where you live determine if you live? Why is healthcare access so sparse in developing countries? How can children get help if they are sick? Come listen to an esteemed speaker from the Brandeis faculty discuss health epidemics and inequalities prevalent in developing countries, specifically in Peru. Join us in becoming more attuned to the nuances of what it means to live in an underprivileged area and become part of the large network of Brandeis students committed to creating change on a greater platform than ever before. Peruvian food will be served.

Sponsored by: Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC)
For more information: Ariel Lee,

'DEIS Impact College: The Intersection of Race, Law and Power

Thursday, Feb. 2, 3:30-4:50 p.m. 
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

An open session of ENG 141b, Critical Race Theory, with Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman. To register (free), click here by Jan. 25. Walk-ins accepted on a space-available basis. See more information and the full schedule of 'DEIS Impact College.

Modern 3D Printing Meets Disabilities

Thursday, Feb. 2, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Alumni Lounge, Usdan

How are emerging technologies enabling the future of social justice? Explore the world of prosthetics and how 3D printing is helping children and their families who cannot afford constant replacements of prosthetics as they grow. Learn how a global open source community is using technology to help thousands of children with affordable custom 3D printed limbs. Have some snacks, see how the movement started, and begin construction of a hand (no experience required!), taking the first step into getting certified in providing 3D printed hands to children in need!

Sponsored by: Brandeis Prosthesis Club
For more information: David Landesman,

'DEIS Impact College: Ethical Dimensions of Big Data and Business Analytics

Thursday, Feb. 2, 5:00-6:20 p.m. 
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

An open session of BUS 211f, Analyzing Big Data, with Rob Carver. To register (free), click here by Jan. 25. Walk-ins accepted on a space-available basis. See more information and the full schedule of 'DEIS Impact College.

Genes in the 21st Century

Thursday, Feb. 2, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center 313

What are the implications of 21st century genomic medicine? In this discussion panel, Brandeis United Against Inequities in Disease invites you to participate in a thought provoking discussion on genetic testing, genetic counseling, and the ethical issues that arise from modern day genomic medicine. Panelists will include professors and professionals in the genetic counseling field.

Sponsored by: United Against Inequities in Disease
For more information: Brandeis UAID,

Destruction of Memory – Documentary Film and Expert Dialogue

Thursday, Feb. 2, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar International Center

See full description of this featured event.

Sponsored by: Rose Art Museum and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
For more information: Kristin Parker,

Friday, February 3

'DEIS Impact College: 
Responses to Social Injustice in Women's Popular Cinema: The Case of "Marie Antoinette"

Friday, Feb. 3, 9:30-10:50 a.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

 An open session of FILM 114a, Genre, Gender, and Women's Filmmaking, with Mary Harrod. To register (free), click here by Jan. 25. Walk-ins accepted on a space-available basis. See more information and the full schedule of 'DEIS Impact College.

'DEIS Impact College: The Perils of Struggle: Post-Liberation Politics in Africa

Friday, Feb. 3, 11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

An open session of AAAS 162a, Assassination: A History of 20th Century Africa, with Carina Ray. To register (free), click here by Jan. 25. Walk-ins accepted on a space-available basis. See more information and the full schedule of 'DEIS Impact College.

Faculty Reflections on Five Years of 'DEIS Impact: A Luncheon Discussion

Friday, Feb. 3, 12:00 p.m.- 1:50 p.m.
Lurias, Hassenfeld Conference Center

Revisit the first five years of 'DEIS Impact with Brandeis faculty, as they reflect on themes of the keynote speakers since 'DEIS Impact began. This retrospective will honor the work of this uniquely Brandeisian festival of social justice, and identify opportunities for growth in the future of 'DEIS Impact. Past 'DEIS Impact keynote speakers were Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service (2012); Judy Dushku, professor of politics at Suffolk University and founder of the Ugandan organization THRIVE Gulu, and her daughter Eliza Dushku, actor and activist (2013); Kweku Mandela-Amuha and Ndaba Mandela, cofounders of Africa Rising and grandsons of Nelson Mandela (2014); Alan Khazei, cofounder of City Year and CEO of Be The Change, Inc. (2015); and Germaine Ingram, civil rights lawyer and jazz tap dancer (2016). Brandeis presenters are Larry Simon (Heller), Madeleine Lopez (HIST and ICC), Chad Williams (AAAS), Larry Bailis (Heller) and Azlin Perdomo (HISP), moderated by Susan Curnan, chair of the Brandeis Faculty Senate, with 'DEIS Impact steering committee members Alexandra Gustafson (MA candidate in Philosophy) and David Herbstritt '17, president of Brandeis Student Union, as student respondents. RSVP for lunch by January 26 to Alyssa Kann and mention any dietary needs. This interactive lunchtime conversation is open to all.

Sponsored by: The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the Brandeis Faculty Senate
For more information and to RSVP (no later Jan 26): Alyssa Kann, akann@brandeis.eduPlease mention any dietary needs.

Controversy in Japanese Feminism

Friday, Feb. 3, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Intercultural Center

As one of the most developed and industrialized countries, Japan received failing marks in Humana’s “World Human Rights Guide” regarding the unequal status of women. This is a complicated situation worth discussing with people both inside and outside Japan. This exhibit will consist of photos and objects showing both sides of female status in Japan. Guest speakers will present different voices of Japanese feminism and discuss these issues. Come see how those in Japan think about equality and social justice, what kinds of choices they make, and how people outside Japan think about the same issues.

Sponsored by: Japanese Student Association
For more information: Yu Dai,

Being a Refugee, Being a Rescuer: Film Screening of "The People's Crisis"

Friday, Feb. 3, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

Saving refugees requires thorough understanding of not only political and social situations in the area but also the emotional states and mindsets of the refugees you are trying to help. What did they experience? What did they feel? How could the rescuers improve their processes by understanding this? Join us to watch “The People’s Crisis”, a documentary film produced by Liberty in North Korea, where we will learn about what it feels like to become a refugee and a rescuer. After the film, we will hold a brief discussion on what mindset we should have to become empowering social justice workers. Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Liberty in North Korea
For more information: Sungwoo Kim,

'DEIS Impact Open Mic Night: Diversifying Discussion through Artistic Expression

Friday, Feb. 3, 9:00-10:30 p.m.
Chum’s Coffeehouse

Find out how open mic night expression easily provides access to instant connections between people through their own stories, narratives, and empathic connection inside of a safe space. All students and members of the Brandeis community are welcome to attend this public event, a performative liberation that presents the grounds for social justice and active, true expressions of art, in the peaceful space of Chum’s Coffeehouse.

Sponsored by: Laurel Moon, English Department
For more information: Clayre Benzadón,

Saturday, February 4

Overlooked STEM Women: Gender Justice Then and Now

Saturday, Feb. 4, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Geller, Hassenfeld Conference Center

Have you ever heard of the ENIAC programmers? Most people do not know anything about this hidden history of computer science and the groundbreaking accomplishments of female programmers. Six incredible women made the first all-electronic, programmable computer, known as ENIAC, as part of a secret project during World War II. However, they were never recognized for this work and were largely erased from history – until now. Come be inspired by “The Computers,” a documentary that tells the story of these brilliant young women, including interviews and exclusive footage from the 1940s. Stay for an open discussion of how this story can influence the male-dominated field of computer science.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Encourages Women in Science and Engineering (BeWiSE)
For more information: Isabella Giunta,

Talking Social Justice Across Disciplines

Saturday, Feb. 4, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Lurias, Hassenfeld Conference Center

Want to break your academic work out of the ivory tower? Join Deisortium, the Brandeis Multidisciplinary Consortium, and This Anthropological Life for a conversation spanning across disciplines and beyond academia. Together we will discuss current initiatives at Brandeis to communicate academic research to a broader audience as well as brainstorm future collaborations. The event will be audio and video recorded for public engagement.

Sponsored by: Anthropology Department, Deisortium, and This Anthropological Life
For more information: Aneil Tripathy,

Rising Above: An Exploration of Dance and Body Culture

Saturday, Feb. 4, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Levin Ballroom, Usdan

Join us for an event that explores body culture through various dance performances, as well as a debrief discussion following the performance. The first dance is focused on body standards and the detrimental mental and physical effects they can have on us. The second dance is focused on working to rise above this societal pressure to conform to a certain body standard and accepting the way we look. Come explore the societal pressures of body culture through the use of mirrors as well as various dance techniques.

For more information: Maria Kulchyckyj,

Ethics of Volunteering Abroad

Saturday, Feb. 4, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

Service is an integral part of Brandeis, but what do we think about when we think about international service? Join us and a few members of the Brandeis faculty to talk about what service means to us and how we can be better social justice workers for the world.

For more information: Shikha Chandarana,

Activism Through Song: Advancing Social Justice Through Folk Music, A Concert and Discussion with Magpie

Saturday, Feb. 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Mandel Center for the Humanities Forum

Fighting for civil rights and against racism on the same stage as Pete Seeger and the SNCC Freedom Singers. Opposing mountaintop removal, fracking and other egregious forms of resource extraction. And joining the struggle for Earth defense and religious freedom among America’s First Nations, fighting to stop the exploitation of Native lands by the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. How can this be done through song? The award-winning folk duo Magpie has done all of this and more. Magpie will give a concert and then lead a discussion about how music can be used to fight for social justice. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Traditional Music Club, Brandeis Farmer’s Club, Brandeis Guitar Club, Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies (PAX), Department of Music, Education Program, Environmental Studies Program, Social Justice and Social Policy (SJSP), and Students for Environmental Action (SEA)
For more information: Rebecca Weiss,

'DEIS Impact Afterparty

Saturday, Feb. 4, 9:30-10:30 p.m.
Chum’s Coffeehouse

Come celebrate all that we have experienced the last 10 days and our motivation to make positive change in the world! Come to our after-party to learn how you can diversity your world and apply what you learned during 'DEIS Impact to your everyday life. Also come to hear some of your favorite campus groups perform on topics related to social justice. Raffle winners will be announced and can receive their prizes as well! Free food provided. This event is meant to be a fun way to celebrate the lasting “impact” of  'DEIS Impact. 

Sponsored by: 'DEIS Impacters
For more information: Elisabeth Shaller,


Postponed Events

Breaking the Binary: The Challenges and Possibilities for Transgender Athletes


The fixed gender binary in sports is something many of us take for granted. While the transgender community has made remarkable strides in recent years, the world of athletics continues to marginalize those who do not fit into strict gender delineations. Come down to Gosman and join us for a discussion about the challenges transgender athletes face as well as the possible solutions athletics can take to create an equitable playing field for all. Then stick around Gosman to support Brandeis basketball teams as they take on Emory! Games at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Athletics and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
For more information: Gabe Margolis,


Virtual Reality video display and Film Festival

Want to learn about genocide and mass atrocities around the world? Join us as part of STANDFest, a traveling film festival to empower students to support policy efforts advocating for genocide and mass atrocity prevention. STAND has partnered with the Nexus Fund to offer "Call Us Rohingya," a 10-minute Virtual Reality experience highlighting the plight of the Rohingya, a persecuted minority group living in forced displacement camps in Burma.The film festival will also feature a documentary about resources fueling the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Panelists will discuss the progress of conflict mineral legislation and the state of political affairs in Congo. Don’t stand by, STAND up.

Sponsored by: STAND: the Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities
For more information: Jessica Goldstein,

Cancelled Events

Lurie Institute Film Screening: "Sound and Fury"

“Sound and Fury” is a documentary that delves into two brothers grappling with decisions about whether or not to give their children cochlear implants. After jumping into the world of Deaf culture and communication, a panel of experts in the field will reflect on and discuss the film and its current implications.

Sponsored by: Lurie Institute for Disability Policy
For more information: Eliana Rosenthal,


For more information about 'DEIS Impact click here.
Questions about this weeklong festival of justice? Email