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Arts, Exhibits, & Screenings

A View From The Bridge
Sponsored by Brandeis Theater Company

Ain’t You Got A Right To The Tree Of Life: Spirituality and the Quest for Justice in the African American Musical Tradition 
Sponsored by Social Justice Social Policy Program and Peacebuilding and the Arts students from PAX 250

Beats of Peace
Sponsored by Brandeis Beats

Composing Our Lives Together: Song-Writing Workshop With Jane Wilburn Sapp
Sponsored by Peacebuilding and the Arts students from PAX 250

Continuing To Build A Visual Definition of Social Justice

Free Body Project: Moving for Peace Through the Eyes of Dance Activists

Lights, Camera, Inaction: Depicting genocide, crime, and war in an age of a changing media: An Art Installation
Sponsored by Stand Against Genocide

Meet And Greet Artists Don West And Jane Sapp: Reception
Sponsored by Graduate Student Association and Peacebuilding and the Arts students from PAX 250

One To One- Lending a Hand to Women in Afghanistan: A Collaborative Art Project
Sponsored by Women's Studies Research Center

Pluralism, Unity, Social Justice, and the Arts: An Art Exhibition
Sponsored by Brandeis Pluralism Alliance

Pluralism, Unity, Social Justice and the Arts Reception
Sponsored by Brandeis Pluralism Alliance

Portraits of Purpose: Leadership for Social Justice in Boston’s African American Community
Sponsored by Graduate Student Association and Peacebuilding and the Arts students from PAX 250

Queerlogues
Sponsored by Queer Resource Center

$lavery: Past And Present
Sponsored by Poverty Action Coalition

Social Justice And You
Sponsored by Student Union Social Justice and Diversity Committee

Show Me Justice: BTV Film Festival
Sponsored by Brandeis Television (BTV)

The Secret Underground Railroad Out of North Korea
Sponsored by Brandeis Liberty in North Korea

Identity, Race, and Gender

America the Who?
Sponsored by Brandeis Black Student Organization

Are we truly post-racial?  Think again

BAASA Presents: Growing Up as the “Model Minority”
Sponsored by Brandeis Asian American Students Association (BAASA)

Can Men Be FeMENists?
Sponsored by The Heller School for Social Policy and Management Gender Working Group

ICC Presents: The Born Identity 
Sponsored by Intercultural Center

My Social Justice Identity: Power, Privilege, and Allyship 
Sponsored by Department of Community Service

Environment and Sustainability

Fueling Efficiency, Reducing Poverty
Sponsored by Students for Environmental Action

Selling Our Future? Brandeis, Fossil Fuels, and Climate Injustice
Sponsored by Brandeis Divestment Forum

The Sustainability of Food: Should who you are define what you eat?
Sponsored by Students for Environmental Action and Real Food Brandeis

Toxic Exposure in Nail Salons: An Environmental Health Study Presented by the 2013 Justice Brandeis Semester
Sponsored by Justice Brandeis Semester, Environmental Health and Justice, Environmental Studies Department

Faith and Social Justice
Society, Culture and Leadership

3rd Annual SoJust Leadership Forum 
Sponsored by Hiatt Career Center

Breaking the Silence on LGBTQ Sexual Violence 
Sponsored by Queer Policy Alliance

Dead Men Still Walking: A First Hand Account of Death Row by Death Penalty Activist Sister Helen Prejean
Sponsored by The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

'DEIS Impact After-Party!
Sponsored by 'DEIS Impacters

Generation 2 Generation: An interactive discussion of social justice 
Sponsored by Brandeis National Committee

Leadership For Social Change: The Craft of Public Narrative 

Proactive Interactive: Quotes by King and Mandela 
Sponsored by MLK and Friends

Recognizing the Roma Conflict: An Exploration of Human Rights 
Co-sponsored by the Health, Science, Society, and Policy Program and the Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Program 

Workshop For An Activist: Finding Motivations and Empowering Others
Sponsored by The Office of Experiential Learning 

Students in Action

Be a DJ: Create a Social Justice Song!

Brandeis Unites in Service 
Sponsored by Brandeis Student Union

Building Understanding: A Focus On Homelessness In Local Communities 
Sponsored by Habitat for Humanity

Breaking the Gridlock: A Dialogue with No Labels
Sponsored by No Labels at Brandeis

Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society (BADASS) Presents: Debating For a More Just Future 
Sponsored by Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society (BADASS) 

'DEIS Impact 2014 Kickoff!!!
Sponsored by 'DEIS Impacters

'DEIS Impact After-Party!
Sponsored by 'DEIS Impacters

Magic Can’t Create Food: Can you? 
Sponsored by Brandeis Harry Potter Alliance: Imagine Better

Take a Seat, Break Down Barriers 
Sponsored by The Ripple Effect

2014 Summary of Events

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'DEIS Impact College - New In 2014!

Thursday February 6 – Friday February 7

Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center

Sit in on open sessions of courses taught by faculty representing a range of disciplines but one common goal: grounding college students' passion for changing the world in solid theory. Join us for this showcase of academic engagement with social justice.

For class titles and descriptions, click here.


A View From the Bridge: A Compelling DramaA View from the Bridge photo

Thursday February 6 - Saturday February 8 (8pm)

Saturday February 8 - Sunday February 9 (2pm)

Spingold Theater

In this play, Arthur Miller raises questions about the bonds of family in 1950s Brooklyn, NY. Eddie Carbone is a simple, hard-working man who has inherited the duty of raising his niece, Catherine, after his sister's death. Life is smooth and predictable until his wife's two cousins, illegal immigrants from Italy, move in with the family. When Catherine and one of the cousins, Rodolpho, begin a relationship and want to marry, Eddie suspects Rodolpho is using Catherine to obtain American citizenship. As Eddie attempts to protect his niece, he sets into motion a series of events, and what Eddie doesn't know about his true motivations and about life will lead to devastating consequences.

See the article in The Justice newspaper.

See the article in The Hoot newspaper.

Sponsored by Brandeis Theater Company
For the Facebook event page, click here.


Brandeis Unites in Service Brandeis Unites in Service

Tuesday February 4, Thursday February 6, and Saturday February 8

See below for blog posts about these events.

Sponsored by Brandeis Student Union
For more information: Sneha Walia
For the Facebook event page, click here.


Continuing to Build a Visual Definition of Social Justice 
Continuing to build a visual definition of social justice

Tuesday February 4 – Thursday February 6, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

See a 'DEIS Impact Blog post about the event, written by a 'DEIS Impacter.

For more information: Lindsay Mitnik
For the Facebook event page, click here.


Lights, Camera, Inaction: Depicting genocide, crime, and war in an age of a changing media: An Art InstallationLights Camera Inaction photo

Saturday February 1 – Monday February 10 with event Monday February 3, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

See here for more details.

Sponsored by STAND Against Genocide
For more information: David Alpert
For the Facebook event page, click here.


 Pluralism, Unity, Social Justice and the Arts: An Art ExhibitionPluralism Unity Soc Just Arts photo

Saturday February 1 – Wednesday February 5

Also see reception and performance information here.

See the article in The Hoot newspaper.

Sponsored by Brandeis Pluralism Alliance
For more information: Elaine Wong


 Portraits of Purpose: Focusing on Social Justice Leaders in Boston and the WorldPortraits of Purpose photo

Sunday February 2 – Sunday February 9, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

See the article in The Hoot newspaper.

See here for details.

Sponsored by Graduate Student Association, Graduate Student Affairs and Peacebuilding and the Arts students from PAX 250
For more information: Jennifer Largaespada


Social Justice and You: An Interactive DisplaySocial Justice and You photo

Saturday February 1 – Monday February 10

This interactive art display gave members of the Brandeis community a chance to share what social justice means to each of us.  Centered in the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium was a three dimensional sculpture where individuals were able to write down their thoughts on colorful paper and paste them, creating a beautiful mosaic of color and ideas on the values that Brandeis community members hold dear.

Sponsored by Student Union Social Justice and Diversity Committee 
For more information: Naomi DePina


 $lavery, Past and Present: An Art ExhibitionSlavery Past Present photo

Saturday February 1 – Monday February 10

Knowing that education is the first step that one must take towards eliminating injustice, the Poverty Action Coalition showcased this weeklong art exhibition which highlighted the historical roots of slavery as well as its continued presence. Powerful images and quotes decorated the windows of the Shapiro Campus Center Atrium, encouraging students to increase their knowledge of the issue so they can become more powerful agents of change.

Sponsored by Poverty Action Coalition
For more information: Talia Niederman


Take a Seat, Break Down Barriers Take a Seat photo

Friday January 31 – Monday February 10

Using the compelling attraction of a ball pit, passersby took a seat with a friend or a stranger. Questions taped to balloons in the pit sparked conversations about social justice and helped to break down barriers and build understanding.

Sponsored by The Ripple Effect
For more information: Caitlin Buegeler



Friday, January 31, 2014

‘DEIS Impact 2014 Kickoff!!! 
Kickoff!!!

1:00 - 3:00 pm

The Shapiro Campus Center Atrium came alive for the kickoff of ‘DEIS Impact 2014. Event organizers showcased what the Brandeis community could expect from their exciting social justice themed sessions, the ‘Take a Seat, Break Down Barriers’ ball-pit was unveiled, students listed "social justice accomplishments" and "social justice work to do" on large banners, and tasty popcorn and cotton candy were enjoyed by all.

Sponsored by the 'DEIS Impacters
For more information: Heather Spector
For the Facebook event page, click here.



Saturday, February 1, 2014

Leadership for Social Change: The Craft of Public Narrative

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

See a 'DEIS Impact Blog post about the event, written by a 'DEIS Impacter.

More information: Inbal Ben-Ezer 


Free Body Project: Moving For Peace through the Eyes of Dance Activists

12:00 - 2:00 pm

See a 'DEIS Impact Blog post about the event, written by a 'DEIS Impacter.

More Information: Sydney Skov


Proactive Interactive: Quotes by King and Mandela
Proactive Interactive

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Engaging and informative, MLK & Friends used incomplete quotes by the great leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela, to spark an informative discussion about the meaning of the quotes among event participants.  Buttons featuring the iconic leaders were distributed to participants who were able to correctly complete the quotes, which in the social justice focused Brandeis community, was everyone who participated.  

Sponsored by MLK & Friends
More information: Naomi Rodriguez


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Be a DJ: Create a social justice song!

POSTPONED - DETAILS TBA

Are you curious about what DJing has to do with social justice? This event will show you. You'll get the opportunity to DJ by creating a mix that represents your definition of social justice. Music can often express things that words cannot, so this event gives you a unique outlet to express what social justice means to you.

More information: Heather Spector


Do Justice and Love Kindness: Models of Charity and Social Action in Judaism
Do Justice and Love Kindness

1:00 - 4:00 pm

See the article in The Justice newspaper.

Sponsored by The NOW Project
More information: Jessica Goldberg


Composing Our Lives Together: Song-Writing Workshop With Jane Wilburn Sapp 
Composing our lives together

2:00 - 5:00 pm

See a 'DEIS Impact Blog post about the event, written by a 'DEIS Impacter.

See here for additional details.

Sponsored by Peacebuilding and the Arts Students from PAX 250
More information: David Stiefel


Toxic Exposure in Nail Salons: An Environmental Health Study Presented by the 2013 Justice Brandeis

4:00 - 5:00 pm

See a 'DEIS Impact Blog post about the event, written by a 'DEIS Impacter.

Sponsored by Justice Brandeis Semester: Environmental Health and Justice, Environmental Studies Department
More information: Margaret Back



Monday, February 3, 2014
 

Can Men Be FeMENists? 
Can men be femenists

12:00 - 1:30 pm

An all-male panel described why they identify as feminists: some because they define feminism as fighting for freedom, others because they fight against all forms of oppression. Some described feminism as fighting against such issues as domestic violence, unequal pay, glass ceiling for women, and rape culture. Although much has improved for women, there is much work to be done. Feminism is as relevant as ever.

Sponsored by Heller Gender Working Group
More information: Patrick Cutrona


Christianity, Sexuality, and the LGBT Community: An Affirming, Justice-Based Perspective 
Christianity, Sexuality, and the LGBT Community

2:30 - 4:00 pm

A panel of chaplains, students, and a professor pointed out that the primary mandate in Christianity to love everyone applies to the GLBTQ community. In particular, the Pope’s recent statement was revolutionary when asked about GLBTQ: “I don’t judge.” Without changing doctrine, he boldly changed attitudes. Furthermore, official pronouncements and the position of “the people in the pews” are often different.

Sponsored by Chaplaincy and Triskelion
More information: Rev. Matt Carriker
For the Facebook event page, click here.



Lights, Camera, Inaction: Depicting Genocide, Crime, and War in an Age of a Changing Media: An Art InstallationLights Camera Inaction photo

Official opening: Monday February 3, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium, Multipurpose Room
(Exhibit up Saturday February 1 – Monday February 10 in Shapiro Campus Center Atrium)

See a 'DEIS Impact Blog post about the event, written by a 'DEIS Impacter.

Sponsored by STAND Against Genocide
More information: David Alpert


Building Understanding: A Focus on Homelessness in Local Communities

5:30 - 7:00 pm

See a 'DEIS Impact Blog post about the event, written by a 'DEIS Impacter.

See the article in The Hoot newspaper.

Sponsored by Habitat for Humanity
More information: Selene Campion


BAASA Presents: Growing Up as the “Model Minority”Model Minority photo

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Jennifer Kim ’15 moderated a panel consisting of Andrew Koh (CLAS), Xing Hang (HIST) and Elaine Wong (Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences). While flattering, the term “model minority” (coined by a white sociologist) erases difference among a vast swath of cultures lumped together, and creates unrealistic expectations (“you’re supposed to be good at that”). As Elaine Wong put it, “In working towards social justice, we must see racial, ethnic and religious groups for what they are: dynamic, diverse, and much more than one dimensional stereotypes.”

Sponsored by BAASA (Brandeis Asian American Students Association)
More information: Jennifer H. Kim
For the Facebook event page, click here.


Queerlogues

8:00 - 9:30 pm

See the article in The Hoot newspaper.

Sponsored by Queer Resource Center
More information: Nikk Wasserman
For the Facebook event page, click here.


Breaking the Gridlock: A Dialogue with No Labels  – CANCELLED

Sponsored by No Labels at Brandeis
More information: Michael Abrams
For the Facebook event page, click here.



Tuesday, February 4, 2014

My Social Justice Identity: Power, Privilege, and Allyship 
My Social Justice Identity

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

See a 'DEIS Impact Blog post about the event, written by a 'DEIS Impacter.

Sponsored by Department of Community Service
More information: Jack Korpob


Generation 2 Generation: An interactive discussion of social justice 
Generation 2 Generation

1:00 - 2:30 pm

A group largely balanced between generations explored definitions of social justice, how to achieve it, and how that has changed over time. Dilemmas and contradictions were explored, such as how to support the disadvantaged without disempowering them and imposing the views of the more powerful “helper.” One participant observed, “While we are not equal human beings, we should all have equal access to education, employment, and other resources in order to call ourselves a just society.”

Sponsored by Brandeis National Committee
More information: Karishma Pradhan


Pluralism, Unity, Social Justice, and the Arts ReceptionPluralism Unity Soc Just Arts photo

5:30 - 7:00 pm
(exhibit up Saturday February 1 – Wednesday February 5)

Shapiro Campus Center Art Gallery

See the article in The Hoot newspaper.

See exhibit information here.

Sponsored by Brandeis Pluralism Alliance
More information: Elaine Wong


Beats of Peace 
Beats for Peace

7:00 - 9:00 pm

See the article in The Justice newspaper.

See a 'DEIS Impact Blog post about the event, written by a 'DEIS Impacter.

Sponsored by Brandeis Beats
More information: Aliza Gans


Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society (BADASS) Presents: Debating for a More Just Future
Debating for a more just future

8:00 - 10:00 pm

See the article in The Hoot newspaper.

Sponsored by Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society (BADASS)
More information: David Altman


Brandeis Unites in ServiceBrandeis Unites in Service photo

See a 'DEIS Impact Blog post about the event, written by a 'DEIS Impacter.

See here for more information.

Sponsored by Brandeis Student Union
For more information: Sneha Walia
For our Facebook event, click here.



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ain’t You Got a Right to the Tree Of Life: Spirituality and the Quest for Justice in the African-American Musical TraditionTree of Life

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Moving seamlessly between speaking and bursting into song, Jane Sapp spoke about spirituality and the quest for justice in the African-American musical tradition. “I can’t think about social justice without spirituality,” said Sapp. “Growing up in the African-American church, the music, prayers and sermons had an underlying theme of social justice.” Songs such as “My Mind Set on Jesus” easily became “My Mind Set on Freedom.” Sapp added, “The black church become the one crack in slaveowner domination that allowed resistance to emerge.”

See here for details.

Sponsored by Peacebuilding and the Arts students from PAX 250 and the Social Justice Social Policy program
For more information: David Stiefel


Pursuing Justice Without Being a Jerk: Jewish Approaches to Fixing the World – POSTPONED

Sponsored by Office of High School Programs
For more information: Rabbi Charlie Schwartz


Meet And Greet Artists Don West And Jane Sapp: Reception 
Don West and Jane Sapp

12:00 - 2:00 pm
Slosberg Music Center Lobby

Moving seamlessly between speaking and bursting into song, Jane Sapp spoke about spirituality and the quest for justice in the African-American musical tradition. “I can’t think about social justice without spirituality,” said Sapp. “Growing up in the African-American church, the music, prayers and sermons had an underlying theme of social justice.” Songs such as “My Mind Set on Jesus” easily became “My Mind Set on Freedom.” Sapp added, “The black church become the one crack in slaveowner domination that allowed resistance to emerge.”

See here for details.

Sponsored by Peacebuilding and the Arts students from PAX 250, Graduate Student Association and Graduate Student Affairs
For more information: Jennifer Largaespada


Selling Our Future? Brandeis, Fossil Fuels, and Climate Injustice – CANCELLED

Sponsored by Brandeis Divestment Forum
For more information: Rohan Bhatia


KEYNOTE ADDRESS: "Africa Rising: The Mandela Legacy & the Next Generation of African Leadership” with Kweku Mandela-Amuah and Ndaba Mandela 
Keynote

7:30 - 9:00 pm
Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center

See an article about the keynote and an article profiling the Mandelas in The Justice newspaper.

See the article in The Hoot newspaper.

See here for description and more information.


Thursday, February 6, 2014 

Social Justice and "Protest, Politics and Change: Social Movements" (SOC 155b)Protest Politics and Change photo

With David Cunningham

10:00 - 10:50 am

Guest speaker Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, spoke to SOC 155b students and Waltham High School students about her death penalty activism in the context of the course title, “Protest, Politics and Change: Social Movements.” Describing her first day visiting a death row inmate in 1993, Sister Helen described herself as “a nun in over her head,” asking “What chance did I have of changing anything?” However, her work with inmates, her book, and the subsequent movie have focused national and even international attention on the death penalty. “Being kind in an unjust system is not enough,” Prejean noted.

Part of 'DEIS Impact College.


Social Justice and "Comparative Study of Human Societies" (ANTH 1a) – CANCELLED

With Jonathan Anjaria

11:00 - 11:50 am

Part of 'DEIS Impact College.


One to One – Lending a Hand to Women in Afghanistan: A Collaborative Art ProjectLending a Hand photo

11:00 am - 1:00 pm (also offered Sat Feb 8)

See the article in The Justice newspaper.

Sponsored by Women’s Studies Research Center
More information: Linda Bond


Social Justice and "Culture of Consumption" (SOC 150b)

With Laura Miller

12:00 - 12:50 pm

Consumer choices about where to shop, what to buy, and how much to consume have consequences for the environment, workers, communities, and social relations. Self-conscious decisions about consumption can be a way to promote social justice.

Part of 'DEIS Impact College.


Fueling Efficiency, Reducing Poverty Fueling Efficiency Reducing Poverty photo

12:00 - 2:00 pm

See the photo with caption in The Justice newspaper (page 2).

See a 'DEIS Impact Blog post about the event, written by a 'DEIS Impacter.

Sponsored by Students for Environmental Action
More information: Haley Orlofsky


Social Justice and "World War 1" (HIST 137b)

With Paul Jankowski

1:00 - 1:50 pm

During World War I, race and class issues were sometimes literally perceived to be a matter of life and death. In some armies, for example, peasants made up the majority of the troops, and came to resent skilled soldiers sent home to work in munitions factories. However, class did not always align neatly with risk, as officers (often aristocrats) led the charge at the front. Meanwhile some soldiers of color resented being impressed into the service of their colonial rulers, while others only requested that they be allowed to serve.

Part of 'DEIS Impact College.


Social Justice and "Health Economics" (HSSP 104b)

With Dominic Hodgkin

2:00 - 3:30 pm

In an ideal world, all would benefit from the best healthcare available. However, resources are limited, and policymakers face decisions about how to prioritize among alternative uses of health funding. Some prioritization approaches stress efficiency, such as maximizing the total health gain regardless of how it is distributed. Other approaches try to also consider equity in distribution of health resources.  These considerations force one to define what one is seeking to equalize, e.g. access, health outcomes or other variables.  Many of these issues can be illustrated by considering the allocation of scarce human organs among candidates for transplantation.

Part of 'DEIS Impact College.


The Secret Underground Railroad Out of North Korea

2:00 - 4:00 pm

See the article in The Justice newspaper.

Sponsored by Brandeis Liberty in North Korea
More information: Brontte Hwang
For the Facebook event page, click here.


Social Justice and "Business in the Global Economy" (BUS 70a)

With Ricardo Lopez

3:30 - 4:50 pm

As modern firms cross national borders to find new markets and resources, their strategies are then shaped by the international economy and by the policies of national governments, with enormous implications for social justice across borders.

Part of 'DEIS Impact College.


ICC Presents: The Born Identity

4:00 - 5:30 pm

Student and staff panelists and audience members explored overlapping and intersecting dimensions of their identity, including such questions as “Are your identities ranked?” “Do you have a dominant identity?” and “How have your identities affected your everyday life?” Depending on the circumstances, one can shift between identities, accessing different parts of oneself to blend in or stand out, challenge or support.

Sponsored by Intercultural Center
More information: Elba Valerio


Social Justice and "International Economic Law" (LGLS 127b)

With Guive Mirfendereski

5:00 - 6:20 pm

Issues of international economic law intersect with social justice particularly in the area of balancing the good of the many – such as receiving low-cost generic pharmaceutical products – with the proprietary and economic interest of the holders of intellectual property rights to medical and biochemical innovations. “Compulsory licensing” has proven an effective tool in providing medication to disadvantage populations in the developing countries.

Part of 'DEIS Impact College.


Social Justice and "Analyzing Big Data" (BUS 211f)

With Rob Carver

6:30 - 8:30 pm

“Privacy is the right to be left alone – the most comprehensive of rights, the right most valued by the people,” wrote Louis D. Brandeis himself in Dissent, Olmstead v. US in 1928. However, data mining and embedded mobile sensors raise ethical issues. The group examined two cases: "How Target Figured Out a Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did" and  "Snooping Garbage Bins in the City of London Ordered to be Disabled". Some feel that these practices are simply providing better customer service, and are no different from market segmentation – advertising certain products on TV shows likely to appeal to the demographic of the typical viewer. But others feel that such practices transcend the consumer consent offered, bordering on unethical as well as “creepy” and deceptive.

Part of 'DEIS Impact College.


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

7:00 - 9:30 pm
Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center

See a 'DEIS Impact Blog post about the event, written by a 'DEIS Impacter.

Read a blog post about the event by Brandeis University President Fred Lawrence.

See the article in The Justice newspaper.

See the article in The Hoot newspaper.

See description here.

Sponsored by The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism
More information: Liz Eckley


Brandeis Unites in ServiceChill Zone photo

See a 'DEIS Impact Blog post about the event, written by a 'DEIS Impacter.

See here for more information.

Sponsored by Brandeis Student Union
For more information: Sneha Walia



Friday, February 7, 2014

Social Justice and "Nature, Nurture, and Public Policy" (SOC 176a)

With Peter Conrad

9:30 - 11:00 am

Among the issues at the heart of “Nature, Nurture and Public Policy” are issues of sex and gender. Transgender and intersex individuals raise a host of social questions, such as which tennis tournament one can enter (men or women?), which gym class, which bathroom, etc. At the core is the social justice question of how much right individuals have to choose their gender in a society ordered on the binary, and what equal access to resources looks like in such a society. Case studies were considered such as Christine Jorgensen, Renee Richards, Michelle Kosilik, David Reimer, and others.

Part of 'DEIS Impact College.


Social Justice and "Power and Violence: The Anthropology of Political Systems" (ANTH 156a)

With Elizabeth Ferry

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Using theories of Italian political theorist and social thinker Antonio Gramsci, Prof. Ferry unpacked the hegemony implicit in popular culture. For example, the beloved American image of Johnny Appleseed evokes a wholesome, loving, simple poor man who “loved the Indians,” as is often noted in biographies. However, Appleseed’s life of planting orchards as he wandered west assumes the appropriateness of white European settlers’ Western expansion. However, Gramsci's view of hegemony also leaves room for projects to build consent that undermines prevailing circumstances, as in the song "How Bad Can I Be?" in the film The Lorax. The movie uses the Johnny Appleseed figure to critique U.S. capitalist exploitation, the economic theories of the rational market, and the benefits of self-interest, thus promoting an environmentalist message.

Part of 'DEIS Impact College.


Social Justice from an Islamic Perspective

12:50 pm

“Much injustice takes place in the name of justice,” said Imam Talal Eid in his sermon at Friday prayers, speaking to a full audience of Muslims and non-Muslims. “When you want to take an action, make sure you don’t create more injustice, “ he added. In the Qu’ran is written “Do not let hatred of others for you prevent you from doing justice.”

Sponsored by Chaplaincy
More information: Imam Talal Eid


Workshop for an Activist - Finding Motivations and Empowering Others

1:00 - 3:00 pm

See a 'DEIS Impact Blog post about the event, written by a 'DEIS Impacter.

Sponsored by Office of Experiential Learning
More information: Avishek Neupane
For the Facebook event page, click here.


Breaking the Silence on LGBTQ Sexual Violence

5:00 - 7:00 pm

See a 'DEIS Impact Blog post about the event, written by a 'DEIS Impacter.

Sponsored by Queer Policy Alliance
More information: Joe Babeu


America the Who? 
America the Who

7:00 - 9:00 pm
Mandel Atrium (see art exhibit below in same space)

See a 'DEIS Impact Blog post about the event.

Sponsored by Brandeis Black Student Organization
More information: Witney Christie


Are we truly post-racial? Think again.

7:00 - 9:00 pm
Mandel Atrium (see panel discussion above in same space)

More information: Johára Tucker



Saturday, February 8, 2014

One to One – Lending a Hand to Women in Afghanistan: A Collaborative Art ProjectLending a Hand photo

1:00 - 3:00 pm

See the article in The Justice newspaper.

See description here.

More information: Linda Bond


Magic Can’t Create Food: Can You? 
Magic Can't Create Food

6:00 - 8:00 pm

See the article in The Justice newspaper.

See a 'DEIS Impact Blog post about the event, written by a 'DEIS Impacter.

Sponsored by Brandeis Harry Potter Alliance: Imagine Better
More information: Sarah Zoloth
For the Facebook event page, click here.


Brandeis Unites in ServiceBrandeis Unites in Service photo

See a 'DEIS Impact Blog post about the event, written by a 'DEIS Impacter.

See here for additional info.

Sponsored by Brandeis Student Union
For more information: Sneha Walia



Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Sustainability of Food: Should Who You Are Define What You Eat? 
Who You Are and What You Eat

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Panelists spoke about the current food distribution network based on chemicals, transportation, and corporations. The food gap is more pronounced than ever, with overfed but undernourished patrons of food pantries and convenience stores at the bottom end, and more comfortable classes at the top that seek out organic and local products. There are multiple layers to “food justice” issues, including nutrition, farm policy, food waste, and federal policies around nutrition assistance programs. A key issue is to change the discourse around food assistance, which currently focuses on the small number of abusers of the system, and the system’s inherent lack of dignity, access and resources.

See the photo with caption in The Justice newspaper (page 3).

Sponsored by Students for Environmental Action and Real Food Brandeis
More information: Maura Boughter-Dornfeld


Show Me Justice: BTV Film Festival – CANCELLED

Sponsored by Brandeis Television (BTV)
More information: Rohan Narayanan



Monday, February 10, 2014

Recognizing the Roma Conflict: An Exploration of Human RightsRecognizing Roma photo

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Building on her summer internship as a Sorensen Fellow in Bulgaria, Damiana Andonova '15 convened a panel of local Roma experts speaking about the dismal discrimination, poverty and lack of opportunities for the Roma (“gypsy”) people. A screening of the documentary Welcome Nowhere: The Story of the Boxcar Gypsies was followed by a conversation with the filmmaker Kate Ryan. With rampant discrimination, a life expectancy ten years lower than average, a birthrate three times higher, 25% illiteracy, 50% unemployment, and 60-70% living below the poverty line, the situation of the Roma is bleak indeed.

Co-sponsored by Health, Science, Society, and Policy Program and Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Program
More information: Damiana Andonova
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3rd Annual Brandeis SoJust Leadership Forum 
SoJust

6:30 - 8:30 pm

Read a blog post about the event by Brandeis University President Fred Lawrence.

See here for more details.

Sponsored by Hiatt Career Center; Career Development Center at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management; International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life; Department of Community Service; and Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
More information: Caroline O’ Shea


‘DEIS Impact After-Party! 
After-Party!

9:15 - 11:30 pm

The Shapiro Campus Center Atrium was alive with after-party action celebrating the conclusion of the ten day festival of social justice. Participants wrote on the windows, “As an Advocate for Social Justice, I will…" People made their own pin-back buttons with the signature “neon Louie” 'DEIS Impact logo, writing on the buttons their individual pledges to make the world a more socially just place.

Sponsored by the 'DEIS Impacters
More information: Heather Spector
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For more information about 'DEIS Impact! click here.
Questions about this weeklong festival of justice? Email ethics@brandeis.edu