2016 Keynote Address

With Rebecca Walker

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Founder of the Third Wave Fund for Social Justice, Walker was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential leaders of her generation. Bestselling author of "Black White & Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self" and many other works, she brings two decades of experience, insight, and innovation to the global conversation about identity, culture and power. Click here for more information.

Featured Events


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

If you’ve ever felt frustrated by stereotyping, lack of communication, or the perpetual "us vs. them" mentality, take a study break and laugh with us as Brandeis hosts the renowned joint comedy show, “Stand Up for Peace!” Performed by liberal Jewish comedian Scott Blakeman and Palestinian Muslim-American comedian Dean Obeidallah, “Stand Up for Peace” “breaks new ground by finding common ground.” If you’re into conflict resolution (or just want a good laugh), don’t miss out on your chance to have a good time and celebrate the similarities in the situations faced by minority groups in the United States and around the world. Because if we can laugh together, we can live together.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Muslim Student Association, Brandeis Interfaith Group and Common Ground
For more information: Amna Ahmed, aahmed15@brandeis.edu

Destruction of Memory – Documentary Film and Expert Dialogue

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

The destruction of culture - of buildings, books, and art - is often not an accidental consequence of conflict. As we can see by the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, the destruction of culture is part of a conscientious strategy to destroy the collective memory and identity of a people. This new documentary, based off the book by architecture critic Robert Bevan, offers stories of resistance, protection and rebuilding. Most importantly, it asks the viewer a vital question of our time: "How can we stem its path and save the story of who we are?" The screening will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker Tim Slade and Andras Riedlmayer, a witness on cultural destruction before the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

Sponsored by: Rose Art Museum and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
For more information: Kristin Parker, kparker1@brandeis.edu