Keynote Address

Nadia Alawa

founding president of NuDay Syria

"One Person at a Time, One Humanity Closer": Tackling the Syrian Crisis From New Hampshire

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Theater

As Syria's brutal conflict unfolded, one woman in New Hampshire decided to take action. Nadia Alawa founded NuDay Syria at her kitchen table in 2013. In just four years, it has grown to a multimillion-dollar humanitarian relief organization.

But how can someone on the outside help those in crisis in a way that respects their dignity? How can we ensure we are aiding and empowering them — not undermining or insulting them? Hear how Alawa grappled with these questions as she found a way to address humanitarian needs in one of the most challenging parts of the world, starting with nothing but conviction and commitment.

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Featured Events

Amal Kassir: Islamophobia on College Campuses

Saturday, Feb. 3, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Theater

Amal Kassir is a hijabi Syrian-American spoken word artist. Although a recent graduate from the University of Colorado - Denver, she has performed in 30 cities in 8 different countries. These performances include college stages and refugee camps. Amal’s work focuses on bringing educational opportunities to displaced Syrian children. At Brandeis, Amal will give a talk about Islamophobia on college campuses and in the larger world. She will focus on the importance of humanizing individuals and reaching out across boundaries that may separate us. Please join us in welcoming her to the campus and engaging in works of interfaith dialogue. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored By: Muslim Student Association and Social Justice Committee of the Student Senate
For more information: Lizy Dabanka, and Sohaima Khilji,


Just Because You're in a Storm Doesn't Mean the Storm has to be in You

Wed. March 28, 2018 (rescheduled after snow)
5:00pm- Talk in Rapaporte Treasure Hall
6:15pm- Multifaith Dinner and Discussion 

If we are not careful, we can become overwhelmed by the heavy weight of personal and social challenges—particularly when working for social justice. It is possible not just to survive but to thrive during trying times by practicing three dynamic daily rituals: Rest, Retreat, and Creative Response. In this workshop, Kirk Jones will teach how to be in a storm without letting the storm be in you, without compromising vital inner capacities that enable us to offer transformative responses to the contrary winds of life.  Learn from this Louisiana-born “Preacher’s Teacher” how to burn brightly in the world without burning out.

Sponsored By: Department of Spiritual and Religious Life, Brandeis Interfaith Group (BIG) and Brandeis Graduate Christian Fellowship
For more information: Matthew Carriker,