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Intergenerational Justice
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All events are free and open to the public. Tickets are required only for the event featuring Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


Download the full schedule booklet [PDF] and the one page (double-sided) schedule of events [PDF]!


Most Recent Event Updates

  • "Reframing Mass Atrocities" is in the SCC Atrium all week
  • “Creative Approaches to Conflict Transformation” (Wednesday, Feb. 3 at noon) is in Heller 163
  • "Breaking the Story: How Eight Ordinary Citizens Took Down the FBI" (Monday, Feb. 1, 6:00-8:30 pm) is now in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall 
  • "Best Kept Secret" (Thursday, Feb. 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m.) is in Heller G1 
  • "What Defines Your Nationality" has been POSTPONED, new date TBA


Multiday Events


Diversity on Display: Perspectives in Diversity Relations

Display: Friday, Jan. 29-Sunday, Feb. 7, All day
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium
Event: Saturday, Feb. 6, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Location: International Lounge, Usdan Student Center

What is diversity? What can we learn from the diverse network of people all around us? This event will explore diversity on the Brandeis campus through a series of photo portraits and interviews from members of the Brandeis community. The event is intended to open dialogue about our perception of people who are different from us: people with different skin color, religion, and socio-economic status. What makes Brandeis diverse?

Sponsored by: Brandeis Student Union, Brandeis Pluralism Alliance, Brandeis Black Student Organization (BBSO), and Brandeis African Student Organization (BASO)
For more information: Bethlehem S. Belaineh, bseifu@brandeis.edu

Reframing Mass Atrocities

Friday, Jan. 29-Sunday, Feb. 7, All day
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

When contemplating genocide and mass atrocities, we sometimes forget about the people who stand up against these heinous acts. Our display will convey stories of people who stood up against mass atrocities. Come see a timeline of each individual's story featured alongside stories and images of survivors and their descendants ― people who are living thanks to these gracious acts. This display will honor those who stood up against mass atrocities and inspire us to take action.

Sponsored by: STAND: the student-led movement to end mass atrocities
For more information: Jessica Goldstein, jpg825@brandeis.edu

Relearning Gender: Memorial to Transgender and Nonbinary Activists

Friday, Jan. 29-Sunday, Feb. 7, All day
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

How often do you think about your gender? How has it affected your life? How can you fight cissexism in a way that improves the lives of those around you? Questions like these can be difficult for everyone, especially those of us who aren’t cisgender. Learn how several inspiring trans and nonbinary historical figures have tackled these questions by stopping by this display.

Sponsored by: Quiz Bowl Team
For more information: Katarina Weessies, kweessie@brandeis.edu

Social Justice Through 3D Technology, Art, and Science

Exhibit: Thursday, Jan. 28-Sunday, Feb. 7, All Day
Workshop: Sunday, Jan. 31, 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the MakerLab
Mezzanine/Green Room, Farber Library

Wondering what tools you can use to enact social justice today? We invite you to see an exhibit all about using 3D technology, art, and science to make a difference. Come to the workshop to hear from students about their work at the MakerLab. Connect with the Deis3D Printing, Deis Virtual Reality, and Brandeis Prostheses Club and learn how to use the tools available for your own social justice goals. Let’s start a conversation!

Sponsored by: Virtual Reality and Game Development Club (DeisVR), 3D Printing Club (Deis3D), MakerLab, and Brandeis Prostheses Club
For more information: Daniela Dimitrova, ddimitr@brandeis.edu

 



Wednesday, January 27


’DEIS Impact Kickoff Party

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

Move with us to social justice as we kick off the ‘DEIS Impact Festival with a fun and informative event! The kick-off will feature top performance groups on campus including Brandeis Bhangra, Company B, and more. 'DEIS Impact event coordinators will be in attendance, so you can learn about the various events happening during the week. Let's move!

 


Thursday, January 28


Writing Workshop: Combating Oppression Through Spoken Word Poetry

Thursday, Jan. 28, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Location: Intercultural Center

This writing workshop is designed to create a “brave” space for participants to tell their stories through spoken word poetry. Participants will explore the intersectionality of their identities while developing helpful writing techniques. This workshop is open to writers of all levels and will serve as an introduction to spoken word as an art form, social justice outlet, as well as a tool for community building.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Intercultural Center
For more information: Talia Franks, tfranks@brandeis.edu

Fund Your Social Justice Summer Internship!

Thursday, Jan. 28, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Hiatt Career Center Conference Room

Planning ahead for summer 2016? How does $4000 sound to fund your unpaid summer internship in social justice? Come learn about Hiatt’s World of Work (WOW) award. We’ll cover eligibility, timelines, application requirements, and strategies to be competitive for this fellowship. Hiatt awards 30 Social Justice WOWs each year – one could be yours!

Sponsored by: Hiatt Career Center
For more information: Jackie Blesso, blesso@brandeis.edu

Breaking Binary: A Post-It Discussion on Being Genderqueer

Thursday, Jan. 28, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Gender and Sexuality Center, Usdan Student Center

What’s it mean when your lab partner tells you they go by “they/them” pronouns? How many genders are there? What makes a girl a girl, a boy a boy... and what about those of us who are none of the above? Join Triskelion and Queer Policy Alliance for a Post-It exhibit and music video-driven discussion about (1) what non-binary identity and the gender binary are, (2) why we should think beyond binary, and (3) how we can be activists against the binary! Men, women, and non-binary people alike are very welcome. Free stickers, buttons, and refreshments!

Sponsored by: Triskelion and Queer Policy Alliance
For more information: Danni Tang, dtang@brandeis.edu


Louis D. Brandeis, The Supreme Court and American Democracy
Featuring remarks by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court of the United States

Thursday, Jan. 28, 5:00 p.m.
Shapiro Gymnasium, Gosman Sports and Convocation Center

Click here for more information.

Part of "Louis D. Brandeis 100: Then and Now:" a semester-long celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of Justice Brandeis’ nomination and appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

 


Friday, January 29


A Talk about Justice: Racial and Criminal Inequality within the Criminal Justice System

Friday, January 29, 10:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

Do you believe there are racial and criminal injustices within the criminal justice system? Would you like to participate in a campus discussion on this issue? Come to watch a viewing of "We need to talk about an injustice," a TED Talk by NYU professor Bryan Stevenson, followed by a panel and dialogue discussion with members of the Brandeis community.

For more information: Amber Abernathy, adaber18@brandeis.edu

Wait, Was that Racist? A Discussion on Racial Microaggressions in Conversation

Friday, Jan. 29, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Levine Ross, Hassenfeld Conference Center (upper Sherman)

“You’re pretty, for a dark-skinned girl.” “Why do you sound white?” “You’re Asian, how can you be bad at math?” Have you ever heard a comment that feels racist, but isn’t really direct with its prejudice? Do you want to learn more about these statements, what they really mean, why they often go unchallenged, and how we can change that? Join Brandeis’ Southeast Asia Club for a discussion (driven by a Post-Its exhibit that you’ll make!) about racial microaggressions, the racist remarks we hear every day. Bring an open mind and a pen!

Sponsored by: South East Asia Club (SEAC)
For more information: Danni Tang, dtang@brandeis.edu

Social Impact with The Judges Teams

Friday, January 29, 4:00-10:00 p.m.
Gosman Sports and Convocation Center

Brandeis athletes are not your ordinary jocks. Various teams of The Judges are involved in social justice efforts and other good community works in addition to their demanding athletic training schedule. Drop by Gosman for snacks and a showcase of The Judges' community involvement, as students use sports for social impact! Then stay for the women's basketball game at 6 p.m. and the men's basketball game at 8 p.m., as The Judges take on Case Western.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Athletics and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
For more information: Gabe Margolis, gabem@brandeis.edu

Coffee, Cupcakes and Condoms: Conversations about Reproductive Justice is back!

Friday, Jan. 29, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

Missing representation? Overpowering voices? Lacking Intersection? How can we be effective allies without co-opting a conversation, alienating voices, or speaking for others? Join us for the second annual privilege walk-through of reproductive justice advocacy, discuss how to be an effective ally in a movement that too often erases the voices of marginalized populations, and find constructive and non-reductive ways to translate your privileges to strong allyship and effective activism. Refreshments will be served and knowledge will be shared.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Students for Reproductive Justice (BSRJ)
For more information: Lexi Ouellette, aouellette@brandeis.edu

Interfaith Shabbat Dinner: Pluralism, Interfaith Dialogue, and Social Justice

Friday, Jan. 29, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Sherman Hall

Noticed a lack of interfaith dialogue on the Brandeis campus? Come join Hillel at Brandeis for an interfaith Shabbat dinner to start these crucial conversations. Experience a traditional Jewish meal (open to all) while engaging in discussions on interfaith collaboration. We invite students of all religions to bring their thoughts and voices. If there is anywhere students can constructively discuss how religions might more productively coexist – and how we can together pursue social justice – it is at Brandeis. Be a part of the dialogue, enjoy the (free) delicious food, and experience a meaningful Shabbat dinner with old and new friends. Please sign up between Monday, Jan. 25 and Thursday, Jan. 28 at go.brandeis.edu/Shabbat.

Sponsored by: Hillel at Brandeis
For more information: Julia Sirota, jsirota@brandeis.edu



Saturday, January 30


ColaLife: Taking Medicine Where Coke Goes

Saturday, Jan. 30, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Levine Ross, Hassenfeld Conference Center (Upper Sherman)

Why does it seem like Coca-Cola is available everywhere, but essential medicines aren’t? That question inspired social entrepreneurs to create ColaLife, a non-profit that brings lifesaving products to developing countries using Coca-Cola distribution networks. Join Net Impact’s Brandeis undergraduate chapter as we screen The Cola Road, a documentary showcasing ColaLife’s work. Got questions? Stick around after the screening for a Skype Q&A with ColaLife leaders, who’ll be talking with us about ColaLife’s mission, accomplishments, and future plans!

Sponsored by: Net Impact Brandeis (undergraduate chapter)
For more information: Jake Greenberg, jakegree@brandeis.edu

Prenatal Testing: The Intersection of Disability and Ethics in the 21st Century

Saturday, Jan. 30, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

How does one support both a woman’s right to control her body, and the rights of disabled individuals to survive and thrive? Prenatal testing and selective abortion of disabled fetuses is a charged issue. It stands at the intersection of feminism, reproductive rights, disability rights, and ethics. Please join us for an evening of discussion exploring the complex implications of modern medical interventions in the world of disability. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Students for Disability Activism
For more information: Ruthann Hewett, rhewett@brandeis.edu

Addressing the Affordability and Accessibility of Education in the Waltham Community

Saturday, Jan. 30, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

Join a round table discussion, featuring local community members and Heller School faculty, about affordable education and the various avenues to make education a tangible and accessible resource in Waltham. Join us to explore how we can address this problem as Brandeis community members, including through various Waltham Group programs.

Sponsored by: Waltham Group General Tutoring and Waltham Group Community Connections
For more information: Andrew Kouides, generaltutoring@gmail.com

 



Sunday, January 31


Get Off the Grid: Sustaining the Environment, Eliminating Poverty

Sunday, Jan. 31, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Levine Ross, Hassenfeld Conference Center (Upper Sherman)

As the world is becoming increasingly urbanized, typical sustainability techniques are appearing less and less practical. Commercial agriculture is very quickly depleting the earth’s resources, yet its methods seem essential in sustaining the increasing population of the world. How can we feed the world without ruining our environment? How can we sustain ourselves and our societies without risking the future of our children and grandchildren? Come explore these questions and learn about concrete, groundbreaking projects around the world that are currently taking place to address these issues head on, as well as how YOU can participate in them.

Sponsored by: Farmers’ Club and Waltham Group Symbiosis
For more information: Zoe Zelkha, zzelkha@brandeis.edu

emPOWER: Self-Defense against Sexual Assault

Sunday, Jan. 31, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

Half of American women and one out of five of American men have experienced sexual violence. Half of bisexual men and women have been raped. Women and LGBT individuals are the most at risk for sexual violence. Learn about types of sexual assault, what you can do to prevent it, and how you can defend yourself if you are attacked. Professional self-defense experts will be leading a workshop using physical and psychological defense methods. This event is inclusive and open to people of all genders, sexualities, and identities.

Sponsored by: Heller Gender Working Group, Heller LGBT Working Group, and Brandeis Rape Crisis Center
For more information: Allison Goforth, agoforth@brandeis.edu

Social Justice Through 3D Technology, Art, and Science

Workshop: Sunday, Jan. 31, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
MakerLab, Mezzanine/Green Room, Farber Library
Exhibit: Thursday, Jan. 28-Sunday, Feb. 7, All Day

See multiday events above for full description.

Sponsored by: Virtual Reality and Game Development Club (DeisVR), 3D Printing Club (Deis3D), MakerLab, and Brandeis Prostheses Club
For more information: Daniela Dimitrova, ddimitr@brandeis.edu

 



Monday, February 1

 

Empowering Youth Through Business and Education: The Story of More Than Words

Monday, Feb.1, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Room 313

Youth who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school CAN take charge of their lives through education, employment opportunities, and coaching. Join this open discussion and presentation by More Than Words youth participants, who are learning to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Connect with More Than Words staff and youth over tasty snacks to discuss what you can do to combat the issues faced by many youth today! RSVP on Facebook here

Sponsored by: Community Service Department and More Than Words
For more information: Elena Babineau, dcspartnerliaison@brandeis.edu

Renewal: A Faith-Based Approach to Saving the Planet

Monday, Feb. 1, 3:00-4:40 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

Can this planet be saved? Join us for a screening of "Renewal," with director Marty Ostrow and a panel of campus faith leaders to explore answers to this question. Can faith lead the way on the journey, or at least raise our chances of success?

Sponsored by: Brandeis Chaplaincy
For more information: Rabbi Elyse Winick, rabbiw@brandeis.edu

Environmental Health in Hair Salons: Research Findings

Monday, Feb. 1, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Geller, Hassenfeld Conference Center (Upper Sherman)

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 Health and Justice Justice Brandeis Semester
For more information: Cassidy Tatun, ctatun@brandeis.edu

Reclaiming Narrative through African Diasporic Cuisine

Monday, Feb. 1, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Mandel Center for the Humanities Forum

African American soul food holds a powerful and captivating narrative, rooted in creativity and survival. It treasures many cultural influences and represents diasporic community. However, common stereotypes of Black lives have also historically accompanied this. WOCA member and Racial Minority Senator Bethlehem Seifu Belaineh presents imaginative ways to think of sustainability and social justice with African American food culture. Join us as we provide healthy vegetarian soul food options and discuss ways in which it allows us to consume ideas about Blackness. This community building event and cultural celebration connects us to more radical ways to approach ideas on soul food, activism and access.

Sponsored by: Women of Color Alliance (WOCA)
For more information: Queen White, queenw@brandeis.edu 

Breaking the Story: How Eight Ordinary Citizens Took Down the FBI

Boston Premiere: “1971” Screening, Q&A with Filmmaker, Reporter & Two Burglars
Monday, Feb. 1, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library- Note change in location

Click here for full description.

Sponsored by: The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism
For more information: Lisa Button, lbutton@brandeis.edu

 


Tuesday, February 2


Through Immigrant Voices: School in the USA

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Alumni Lounge, Usdan Student Center

¿Qué haces cuando no entiendes la lengua? What is it like to live in a society where you are expected to read, write, and communicate in a language that you do not understand? How do immigrant parents work to learn English while supporting their children in the USA’s complex educational system? Join us for a discussion highlighting the struggles and successes of immigrant families and hear about these experiences firsthand from immigrant parents. Light refreshments will be served, so get ready to snack and learn about the experiences of our friends, family, neighbors, and peers that make up what is frequently called “a nation of immigrants.”

Sponsored by: Waltham Family School
For more information: Mrudula Gadgil, mgadgil@brandeis.edu

Hand-in-Hand: Helping to Transform Women's Lives

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
International Lounge, Usdan Student Center

Join us for a lunchtime conversation about how individuals can have an impact on the lives of women worldwide. Scholars from Women’s Studies Research Center and members of Gender Working Group from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, will share their projects transforming the quality of life for many women from Cuba to Afghanistan, India to Indonesia and El Salvador. Though relatively small, these accomplishments provide guidance for further activism. Come share your stories and listen to the heartening experiences of others. Bring your lunch; ethnic snacks will be served!

Sponsored by: Women’s Studies Research Center and the Heller Gender Working Group
For more information: Linda Bond, ljgbond@brandeis.edu

Keynote Performance

Performance of "Freedom Underfoot"
With Germaine Ingram, civil rights lawyer and jazz tap dancer

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2:00-3:20 p.m. (performance), 3:30-4:30 (talkback)
Shapiro Campus Center Theater

Click here for full description.

This keynote event is part of the Student Support Services Program (SSSP) 25th Anniversary Celebration, and co-sponsored by Brandeis Posse and the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST).

Supporting Youth-led Social Justice Organizations

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
International Lounge, Usdan Student Center

Organizations like Black Lives Matter and Occupy often prefer horizontal structures that aren't hierarchical and/or don't conform to traditional nonprofit (501c3) statuses. Even the most progressive social justice-oriented foundations often require 501c3 nonprofit status for funding purposes. Some organizations say they don't want support from large foundations, for fear that their missions will be compromised. How can funders and activists ensure that these vital organizations become sustainable, powerful and influential given this incongruity? We will hear from young activists and progressive funders on these questions. 

Sponsored by: Brandeis Student Union
For more information: Bethlehem S. Belaineh, bseifu@brandeis.edu

Step Inside My Head

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Alumni Lounge, Usdan Student Center

If 1 in 4 college students have a diagnosable mental illness, why do I feel so alone? Although these experiences are common, mental illness is hard for people to talk about due to overwhelming shame and stigma. Join us as we start the conversation. Students are invited to share their struggles, triumphs, and stories of support to empower themselves and build a community of understanding and encouragement. By breaking the silence that surrounds mental illness, we can help make our campus safer, healthier, and more just. Members of the Psychological Counseling Center (PCC) will be present to provide assistance and information to any student who would like it. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: Active Minds at Brandeis and Brandeis Psychological Counseling Center (PCC)
For more information: Cassidy Tatun, ctatun@brandeis.edu

Perspectives on Housing Insecurity

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

Decent, stable housing provides families with the stability and safety to enjoy a sense of security and pursue educational and job opportunities. Yet the world is experiencing a global housing crisis and close to 827.6 million people worldwide live in urban slums. Join us for a discussion on the implications of housing insecurity in our community and worldwide. We will hear from artists and advocates on myths and facts, the importance of the arts, and how anyone can take steps to mitigate the issue.

Sponsored by: Habitat for Humanity, Hunger and Homelessness
For more information: Sofia Lavrentyeva, slavren@brandeis.edu

 


Wednesday, February 3

 

Creative Approaches to Conflict Transformation – A Conversation with Germaine Ingram and Cindy Cohen

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Location: Heller School, Room 163

Civil rights lawyer and jazz tap dancer Germaine Ingram joins Cindy Cohen, director of Brandeis' Peacebuilding and the Arts program, to discuss how creativity and the arts can transform conflict by fostering capacities required for peace: receptivity, creativity, imagination, compassion, and the ability to embrace paradox. In times of destruction and war, the power of creativity can counteract the demonization of the enemy, bear witness to suffering, and draw the world's attention to those whose rights have been abused. Pizza will be served.

Sponsored by: CAST (the interdisciplinary minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation), and Heller's Coexistence and Conflict and Sustainable International Development Programs
For more information: Sandra Jones, joness@brandeis.edu

Keynote Address

The Law and the Stage: Platforms for Pursuing Social Justice
With Germaine Ingram, Civil rights lawyer and jazz tap dancer

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 7:30- 9:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Theater

Click here for full description.

This keynote event is part of the Student Support Services Program (SSSP) 25th Anniversary Celebration, and co-sponsored by Brandeis Posse and the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST).



Thursday, February 4


'DEIS Impact College: 
Social Justice in the Writing of Women of Color

Thursday, Feb. 4, 11:00-11:50 a.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

An open session of ENG 197b, Within the Veil: African-American and Muslim Women's Writing, with Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman. Click here for more information and the full schedule of 'DEIS Impact College. 

'DEIS Impact College: Sacco and Vanzetti, The Trial of the Century

Thursday, Feb. 4, 12:00-12:50 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

An open session of AMST 100b, Twentieth Century American Culture, with Thomas Doherty.  Click here for more information and the full schedule of 'DEIS Impact College. 

The Immigrant Experience at Brandeis

Thursday, Feb. 4, 12:00-9:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

What are the dangers of a single story? The immigrant experience is often categorized into one narrative. However, the immigrant experience is unique for each individual. In the US, there are immigrants from many countries, socioeconomic backgrounds, races, religions, and personal experiences. Through the use of a photo installation paired with a short film, this event will provide a platform for those individuals at Brandeis who are connected to the immigrant experience to share their varied stories.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Immigration Education Initiative
For more information: Linda Forrester, lynfor@brandeis.edu

'DEIS Impact College: The Potential, the Limits and the Tragedy of Due Process of Law: Baker v. Carr and DeShaney v. Winnebago Co.

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2:00-3:20 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

An open session of LGLS 116b, Civil Liberties: Constitutional Debates, with Daniel Breen. Click here for more information and the full schedule of 'DEIS Impact College. 

'DEIS Impact College: Al Qaeda before 9/11

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

An Open Session of POL 160a, The War on Global Terrorism, with Jytte Klaussen. Click here for more information and the full schedule of 'DEIS Impact College. 

'DEIS Impact College: Religious Symbols in a Secular Public

Thursday, Feb. 4, 5:00-6:20 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

The Case of the Islamic Veil: An open session of ANTH 118a, Secularism, Religion and Modernity, with Hikmet Kocamaner. Click here for more information and the full schedule of 'DEIS Impact College. 

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

Thursday, February 4, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: Shapiro Campus Center Room 313

Join us for a lively, interactive discussion led by your peers about weaving social justice into what you do at Brandeis and beyond. Whether you are majoring in HSSP, Legal Studies, Studio Art, German, Physics, etc., come to learn how you can explore and/or pursue your interest in social justice while at Brandeis through your courses, internships, and extracurriculars, as well as after Brandeis in your career and volunteer work. Together, we will discuss how to make a difference, even if your major, internship, etc. is not obviously tied to social justice. Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Legal Studies Department and Health: Society, Science & Policy Program
For more information: Sarah Elisabeth Curi, JD, MPH, scuri@brandeis.edu

The Business Case for Social Impact

Thursday, Feb. 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Panel: SCC Theater
Break out rooms: Geller, Levine Ross, Lurias (upper Sherman), SCC 314 and 315

We challenge the notion that businesses are just about making money. Business is a medium for social impact. In the for-profit sector, you have the ability to help people, monetize your passion, solve problems, and create cultural change. Join us for our panel discussion with high profile business professionals as they describe the impact of what their work. Then continue the discussion with a panelist of your choice in a small living room conversation immediately after the panel.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Business Program Undergraduate Representatives, Social Justice Social Policy Undergraduate Representatives, Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program, Hiatt Career Center, The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy
For more information: Gabrielle Zilkha, GZilkha@Brandeis.edu

"Best Kept Secret": Transitioning to Adulthood for Young People with Special Needs

Thursday, Feb. 4, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: Heller School, Altman Amphitheater (G1)

This deeply moving but unsentimental film focuses on the work of JFK High School in Newark, NJ, to help students with autism transition to adulthood. The staff are not content to just give these students survival skills. They fight a tough, daily battle to open students up to the world. As teacher Janet Mino puts it, “If I can teach you to take care of yourself . . . I can teach you to express yourself.” JFK High just may be one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Join us for a screening of this amazing story, followed by a panel discussion focusing on transition issues for young people with special needs. Snacks, too!

Sponsored by: The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, Department of Education, Brandeis Buddies, SPECTRUM, and Brandeis Students for Disability Activism
For more information: Michelle Techler, mtechler@brandeis.edu

 


 

Friday, February 5


'DEIS Impact College: 
Social justice through the eyes of women playwrights

Friday, Feb. 5, 9:30-10:50 a.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

An open session of THA 142b, Women Playwrights: Writing for the Stage by and about Women, by Adrianne Krstansky. Click here for more information and the full schedule of 'DEIS Impact College. 

'DEIS Impact College: "Is 'social justice' a mirage? A discussion of Friedrich Hayek's critique of social justice"

Friday, Feb. 5, 11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m.  
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

An open session of POL 187b: Conservative Political Thought," Bernard Yack. Click here for more information and the full schedule of 'DEIS Impact College. 

Hope into Practice, Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears

Friday, Feb. 5, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Mandel Center for the Humanities Reading Room (303)

Penny Rosenwasser's interactive talk about her book Hope into Practice, Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears is about human liberation, relating to all faith traditions. She advocates for confronting racism and anti-Semitism, and changing unfair systems by using stories from women and trans folks, and drawing on Jewish ethical tradition. It’s about using privilege to shift power: an activist’s call to repair the world! Rosenwasser touches on Jewish multiculturalism and resistance to persecution, recovery from internalized victimization, human rights in Israel-Palestine, activism, alliance-building, and ultimately choosing justice despite our fears. Join the Q&A and discussion focused on exploring complexities and engaging activism. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies (PAX)
For more information: Gordon Fellman, Fellman@brandeis.edu

Global Racism or Global Ignorance: The Narrative of Color while Studying Abroad

Friday, Feb. 5, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
International Lounge, Usdan Student Center

This event will open up dialogue about perceptions of race across the globe and the realistic encounters one may face while abroad. The panel consists of students of color who have previously studied abroad in predominately white countries. What does social justice mean while abroad and while abroad as a minority? Ultimately, we are holistically preparing all students to enter into new countries and grapple with issues of race so that they can have the most satisfying experience abroad.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Black Student Organization, The Brandeis-India Fellowship, and the South Asian Studies Department
For more information: Marlharrissa Lagardere, etzerlyn@brandeis.edu

Consent and Cookies: Building Consent Confidence with Yana Tallon-Hicks

Friday, Feb. 5, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

Most consent education fails to illustrate what good communication really looks like: What words do I use? How do I say no? How do I accept a no gracefully? They say “consent is sexy” but how do I make it so? This interactive workshop brings to life practical consensual communication tools and techniques via decorating and eating sugar cookies, thereby making learning about consent both valuable and tasty! Participants will leave equipped to break down common barriers standing in the way of creating a culture of consensual communication and equality on our campuses and in our bedrooms.

Sponsored by: Global Perspectives Leader Scholar Community, Brandeis Students for Reproductive Justice, and Women and Gender Studies Department
For more information: Gabriel Sol Aronson Fontes, fontesgs@Brandeis.edu


 

Saturday, February 6


The Curriculum of Social Justice: A Look Inside Facing History

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Room 313

Become a student of social justice for the day! Facing History and Ourselves is a global organization that focuses on providing a comprehensive social justice education to high schoolers around the world. This event will open with a panel discussion by Facing History educators, employees, and students on their experiences with the curriculum. Join them in a lesson and discussion on the place of social justice in education. Where have there been examples of social justice and education mixing in the past? Is there a need for social justice education now? This workshop asks participants to think critically about the past, themselves, and the future. Refreshments will be served.

For more information: Hannah Sussman, hsussman@brandeis.edu

Dancing Upon Flames

Saturday, Feb. 6, Session 1: 3:00-4:30 p.m.; Session 2: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

Every day, we have access to media outlets that produce endless broadcasts on the atrocities of war. We are bombarded by images, sounds and phrases that have desensitized us to the reality of violence and war. Ever wondered about our positions in relation to modern day war? Dancing Upon Flames will use the interaction of dance, images and sound in order to explore how we negotiate a war torn world as global bystanders. As you are taught a dance, we will travel from a world without violence to one with it, in this interactive experience. Together, we will attempt to make sense of ourselves and what is required of us as global bystanders.

For more information: Linda Phiri, lindphir@brandeis.edu

New Media for the Greater Good with Jackson Bird

Saturday, Feb. 6, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Levine Ross, Hassenfeld Conference Center (Upper Sherman)

What does it mean to be an activist of our generation? What can we do to make others care about the causes that we fight so hard for? The power and influence of social media grows exponentially and we want our Brandeis community to know how it can be implemented. Join us for a discussion with Jackson Bird, communications director for the national Harry Potter Alliance, video creator, and speaker on fan activism. He will share his experiences engaging young adults in social justice causes, and help us gain a deeper understanding of how new media can be used for positive change. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: Harry Potter Alliance: Imagine Better
For more information: Olga Birbrayer, olgabir@brandeis.edu

Diversity on Display: Perspectives in Diversity Relations

Event: Saturday, Feb. 6, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Location: International Lounge, Usdan Student Center
Display: Friday, Jan. 29-Sunday, Feb. 7, All day
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

See multiday events above for full description.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Student Union, Brandeis Pluralism Alliance, Brandeis Black Student Organization (BBSO), and Brandeis African Student Organization (BASO)
For more information: Bethlehem S. Belaineh, bseifu@brandeis.edu

‘DEIS Impact Afterparty

Saturday, Feb. 6, 9:30-10:30 p.m.
Chums Coffee House

Join us as we conclude 'DEIS Impact week with our final event! Come and celebrate all that we have accomplished as a community through this week of social justice and what we will all do in the future to have a lasting impact! The party will feature music, food, and of course our amazing and passionate event coordinators as well as your 'DEIS Impacters. All are welcome!

 


What Defines Your Nationality? Dominican Republic’s Mass Haitian Deportation Conflict

POSTPONED

Current immigration policies in the Dominican Republic have affected the lives of so many Haitians. The place of Haitians in the Dominican Republic has been in the news of late due to the September 2013 ruling of the Dominican constitutional court that people born to illegal migrants do not have a right to citizenship - even if they were born and lived in the country all their lives. This court decision sparked an international outcry, and the Dominican government was denounced for its "Negrophobia," given that the ruling disproportionately affects people of Haitian descent. As the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees then warned, the court's decision "may deprive tens of thousands of people of nationality, virtually all of them of Haitian descent." We bring this international conflict to the table to discuss nationality, immigration policy, and identity.

Sponsored by: Caribbean Culture Club
For more information: Jennifer Almodovar, jennalmo@brandeis.edu





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