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Identity, Race and Gender
Society, Culture and Leadership
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Multiday Events

An Artist’s Journey through Suffering and Liberation: An Exhibition of the works of the Indian Dalit Artist Savi Savarkar

Friday, Jan. 30-Monday, February 9, All day
Two locations: Heller Reading Room (G51) and Wald Art Exhibit Area, Goldfarb Library, Level 2 

Discrimination against Dalits, formerly known as the untouchable outsiders of the caste system, is a complex yet widely prevalent phenomenon in Indian society. The work of artist Savi Savarkar, himself a Dalit, serves as a testament to artistic courage as a form of activism, despite harassment for speaking out. As India’s most prominent Dalit artist, Savarkar’s work has been exhibited in the international gallery scene in India, Germany, Mexico, Sweden and the United States. This unique exhibition coming to Brandeis is a remarkable narrative about oppression and liberation through profoundly moving works of art. 

Sponsored by: Center of Global Development and Sustainability at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, and Office of the Arts
For more information: Nilambar Nyak, nilambar@brandeis.edu

Homelessness Through Our Eyes

Friday, Jan. 30-Monday, Feb. 9, All day
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

What does homelessness look like through the eyes of those who experience it? By displaying their stories, Waltham Group's Hunger and Homelessness and The Community Day Center of Waltham seek to educate the campus about the unfortunate conditions that many of those who experience homelessness face. We hope to inspire our audience to take action in multiple ways. There will be information about engaging in policy campaigns sponsored by Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless as well as taking action through volunteering. To learn more about public policies alleviating poverty and displaying homelessness issues through art we invite you to attend the "Exploring Housing Insecurity Through Art" event on Monday February 2nd at 6:30 p.m. in the Shapiro Campus Center Art Gallery (for a full description of this event see February 2nd list of events below). 

Sponsored by: Waltham Group's Hunger and Homelessness and The Community Day Center of Waltham
For more information: Rose Wallace, rwallace@brandeis.edu

Take a Seat, Break Down Barriers

Friday, Jan. 30-Monday, Feb. 9, All day
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

Do you ever feel like it’s difficult to approach someone new? Are you more likely to approach certain groups of people than others? Are you interested in learning about another person’s background and how it influences the way they view social justice? Take a seat in our ball pit with someone new! You never know what you might learn or how your stereotypes will be challenged. This is a drop-by event, so stop by when you’re free!

Sponsored by: The Ripple Effect
For more information: Caitlin Buegeler, caitlinb@brandeis.edu

A Day in the Life of Women in Regions of Conflict

Display: Friday, Jan. 30-Monday, Feb. 9, All day
Event: Saturday, Jan. 31, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

Learn about a day in the life of a woman who lives in a region of current high conflict. Discover how living in these conditions affects her life: where she lives, when she wakes up, and how she feeds her children. Participants will first be presented with various facts that tackle issues surrounding the topic, and then have the option to experience a hypothetical journey from real life stories. Look for the sign to embark on an interactive exhibit including photos and text, uncovering the difficult choices that these women have to make in order to survive.

Sponsored by: Brandeis STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition
For more information: David Alpert, dalpert@brandeis.edu

BPArt: Pluralism and the Arts

Display: Friday, Jan. 30-Monday, Feb. 9, All day
Event: Thursday, Feb. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Art Gallery

Demonstrate your interpretations of pluralism and social justice through poetry, video clips, short films, dance, photography, paintings, drawings, spoken word and other performances. All members of the Brandeis community are invited to submit their work, view the exhibition, and attend the performance/reception on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 5:30 p.m. The Brandeis Pluralism Alliance will award three cash prizes of $200, $150, and $100 to encourage participation and to recognize outstanding works of art that capture these themes.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Pluralism Alliance
For more information: Elaine Wong, ewong@brandeis.edu

Brandeis Unites in Service

Monday, Feb. 2-Wednesday, Feb. 4, 3:00-5:15pm (each day)
Location TBA

Put social justice into action! Come together to complete an off-campus service project and enact social justice in our community by spending a part of your afternoon volunteering at the Prospect Hill Community Center. The Center, in partnership with Brandeis, provides afterschool enrichment to children who live in the Prospect Hill Terrace low-income housing neighborhood in Waltham.  Following the service project, we will reconvene on campus for a discussion reflecting on the experience and exploring the relationship between service and social justice. Spots will be filled on a first come-first serve basis. Don't miss this wonderful event to connect with individuals from throughout our community through service! All volunteers must complete a CORI with the Office of Community Service by January 15th in order to participate. Refreshments will be served. 

Sponsored by: Brandeis Student Union
For more information: Emily Conrad, edconrad@brandeis.edu

History of Activism at Brandeis: A Show & Tell Event

Tuesday, Feb. 3-Wednesday, Feb. 4, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Archives & Special Collections Reading Room, Goldfarb Library

Since the founding of Brandeis, its students have actively involved themselves in righting the wrongs they see in the world around them. Come to the University Archives and see evidence of their work, learn about the barriers they faced and the injustices they fought. On display will be materials from the Ford Hall Takeover, an alumna’s journal from the 1965 SCOPE Project (voter registration civil rights initiative), and much, much more. Archivists will be on hand to answer questions and to discuss the role social activism has played in the life of this university, its students, and the world at large. All are welcome.

Sponsored by: Archives & Special Collections, Brandeis Libraries
For more information: Surella Seelig, seseelig@brandeis.edu

The Merchant of Venice

Thursday, Feb 5, 8:00-11:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 7, 8:00-11:30pm; and Sunday, Feb. 8, 2:00-5:30pm
Thursday and Sunday show: International Lounge, Saturday show: TBA

“The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare is a play filled to the brim with social justice themes that are still relevant today! From sexism to anti-Semitism to homophobia, the problems in this show set the stage for an intriguing discussion of social interactions. Is justice truly blind? What motivates people who are the subjects of injustice to inflict injustices upon others? What can we learn from a play written over 400 years ago about modern injustices? How can theatre be used as an outlet to express frustrations with injustices? Stick around after the performance for a discussion led by the directors and share your thoughts with us!

Sponsored by: Hold Thy Peace
For more information: Arielle Keller, askeller@brandeis.edu

'DEIS Impact College

Thursday, Feb. 5-Friday Feb. 6, click here for full schedule
Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center

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


Friday, January 30, 2015


’DEIS Impact 2015 Kick-Off! 

Friday, Jan 30, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium (SCC)

Join us to celebrate the beginning of ’DEIS Impact week. Enjoy dance performances, meet the event organizers, find out which events best suit your interests and learn what ’DEIS Impact is all about! See how far the world has come in the quest for social justice, and how much more there is to achieve. Come with an open-mind, energy, and an appetite for fighting injustices. Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: ’DEIS Impacters
For more information contact: Shikha Chandarana, shikhac@brandeis.edu

’DEIS Impact Shabbat  

Friday, Jan 30. 6:00-7:30 p.m. Dinner, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Oneg Shabbat program
Sherman Function Hall (Dinner) and Feldberg Lounge (Oneg)

Come Celebrate Shabbat with Hillel at Brandeis! This Shabbat dinner will include special social justice conversation topics and Divrei Torah, which are reflections on the weekly Torah portion. After dinner, join us for an Oneg Shabbat program titled “Should the Jewish Community be Involved in Larger Social Issues? (and if so, How?)” with Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of Truah, The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. Join us for dinner, the Oneg, or both!

Sponsored by: Hillel at Brandeis
For more information: Leah Staffin, lerosta@brandeis.edu

Dream Monologues – Moments of Transition

Friday, Jan. 30, 8:00-10:30 p.m.
Cholmondeley’s Coffee House, Usen Castle

Brandeis Immigration Education Initiative in its third Dream Monologues event will be looking at “Moments of Transition.” In other words, feeling displaced: going abroad, leaving home for the first time, becoming conscious of one’s race and learning of systematic oppression. We want our audience to leave with a feeling of empathy, of understanding being lost, of not knowing what to do. Themes will range from diaspora, to immigration, to first generation college shenanigans. Performances will include storytelling, spoken word, song or dance. This event is designed be a safe space, allowing the acknowledgement of often-unheard voices. Refreshments will be served. 

Sponsored by: Brandeis Immigration Education Initiative
For more information: Yasmin Yousef, yasminyi@brandeis.edu


Saturday, January 31, 2015


Continuing the Discussion: A Conversation on Race-Related Violence in the Media

Saturday, Jan. 31, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

Continuing the conversation after the Ferguson vigil, join us to discuss race-related violence in the media. Attendees will participate in an interactive discussion that will be jumpstarted by an activity that highlights our hidden biases. We will then explore how these biases are portrayed in the media and provide opportunities to facilitate change in the greater community. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Please be aware that this program addresses a sensitive topic.

Sponsored by: MLK Scholars of Academic Services
For more information: Megan Boateng, mboateng@brandeis.edu

A Day in the Life of Women in Regions of Conflict

Event: Saturday, Jan. 31, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Display: Friday, Jan. 30-Monday, Feb. 9, All day
Shapiro Campus Center Atrium

See multiday event listing above for full description.

Sponsored by: Brandeis STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition
For more information: David Alpert, dalpert@brandeis.edu

Interdisciplinary Healing: Addressing the Stigma of Mental Illness on the Brandeis Campus through Science and Art

Saturday, Jan. 31, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Room 313

Why does Brandeis, a university that takes such pride in its sciences especially, still have work to do when it comes to the injustice of mental illness stigma? Twenty-five percent of college age adults have diagnosable mental illness; 73 percent of these adults experience a mental illness crisis on campus. Yet over half report not seeking help because of stigma. This event is for anyone who wants, needs, or is prompted to talk about the omnipresent (yet often unacknowledged) social injustice of mental illness stigma on OUR campus. Come discuss why there is such a lack of discourse on mental illness, and contemplate the way that combining the disciplines of science and art may serve as process for interdisciplinary healing. 

Sponsored by: Brandeis Office of High School Programs
For more information: Risa Dunbar, risdun@brandeis.edu

AmeriCorps, Teach for America, City Year: Are they Actually Teaching America's Students? 

Saturday, Jan. 31, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Mandel Center for the Humanities Forum

Many Brandeis students participate in service programs after they graduate. People assume that these programs are benefiting the communities they work in, but do they really? Come to an event with the Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society (BADASS) to discuss controversies about post-graduate teaching fellowships: whether college graduates are qualified to be full-time teachers, if college graduates are filling a gap or simply replacing teachers, and if the students they teach are actually benefiting from these programs.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Academic Debate and Speech Society
For more information: Emily Conrad, edconrad@brandeis.edu


Sunday, February 1, 2015


Social Entrepreneurship: Change the World One Business at a Time

Sunday, Feb. 1, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
International Lounge, Usdan Student Center

How can businesses impact society in a positive manner? Is it even possible? Yes! This panel will help you understand the many ways that businesses are making an impact. The entrepreneurs on our panel have managed to do this in their respective areas, whether it’s starting a business with social impact in mind, or working in a large business to make a positive impact on the community. If you have a social entrepreneurship idea, connect with others who can help you bring it to action or just come for an afternoon of learning about social entrepreneurship. Ben & Jerry’s ice cream will be served.

Sponsored by: Business Undergraduate Department Representatives
For more information: Sandro Luo, syluo@brandeis.edu

The G̶a̶m̶e̶  of Life

Sunday, Feb.1, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

Join us for a life-sized version of the game of Life! Unlike the board game you’re used to, our version will have you making decisions real people face everyday. Work as a “family” to make the most of the opportunities presented to you. Each family will start the game with a different background, representing the diversity of class and socioeconomic status in our society. Afterwards, join us to discuss your experience and how we as a Brandeis community can reduce inequality.

Sponsored by: Harry Potter Alliance: Imagine Better
For more information: Alyssa Berez, aberez@brandeis.edu

Film Screening: “Documented”

Sunday, Feb. 1, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar International Center

In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. "Documented" chronicles his journey as a child to America from the Philippines; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in 20 years.

Sponsored by: Film, Television and Interactive Media Program 
For more information: Ethan Stein, steine@brandeis.edu  


Monday, February 2, 2015


Examining Feminism: A Global and Personal Perspective

Monday, Feb. 2, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Art Gallery

Arab feminism? Feminists from Africa? Male feminists? African-American womanists? Learn more about feminism from a global perspective and explore what feminism means to you personally. A diverse group of individuals from around the world will discuss their experiences as feminists. Then, in small group discussions in a safe and welcoming space, explore what feminism means to you. This event is for everyone who wants to explore their relationship with feminism. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: The Heller School: Gender Working Group
For more information: Lindsey Green, lellisgreen@brandeis.edu

Brandeis Unites in Service

Monday, Feb. 2, 3:00-5:15 p.m.
Location TBA

See multiday event listing above for full description. 

Sponsored by: Brandeis Student Union
For more information: Emily Conrad, edconrad@brandeis.edu

What’s Fair About Fair Trade?

Monday, Feb. 2, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
International Lounge, Usdan Student Center

Do you like coffee, chocolate, bananas or ice cream? When you buy these products, are they fair trade certified? What does fair trade certified even mean? Join us for an informal gathering to examine the effects of fair trade and how it works to combat poverty, inequality, and injustice in our globalized economy. We will examine the role of consumers, business owners, and producers through conversations with business representatives, specialists and Bentley University and Brandeis University student activists. Fair trade refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: ’DEIS Impact Intercollegiate Subcommittee
For more information: Julia Karr, jkarr@brandeis.edu

A (Hunger) Banquet

Monday, Feb. 2, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

Brandeis Amnesty International requests the honor of your presence at the first annual Hunger Banquet. Black tie optional, open mind required. Dinner will be served. 

Sponsored by: Amnesty International
For more information: Christa Caggiano, ccag@brandeis.edu

The Intersection of Dharmic Traditions and Social Justice

Monday, Feb. 2, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Usdan Christian Lounge

There are many faith-based communities all over the world, and each of them have teachings for how to make an impact in society. Come learn all about the Dharmic faith-based communities (composed of Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists), where we will have a presentation about who they are, what they believe, what each of these faiths stand for and how they believe societal impact can be made. Following the presentation, we will have a roundtable discussion with students of these faiths and from other faith based communities where we will discuss our first hand experiences with faith and how faith inspired us to make a difference. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: Namaskar (The Association for Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs) and the Brandeis Multifaith Chaplaincy
For more information: Shruti Vaidyanathan, svaidya@brandeis.edu

Exploring Housing Insecurity Through Art

Monday, Feb. 2, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Art Gallery

Worldwide, close to 830 million people live in urban slums, a number that is rapidly increasing due to the rising cost of living. Join us for a conversation with artists Kenji Nakayama and Christopher Hope, part of the “Signs for the Homeless” project in Boston. They will share their perspectives on the difficulties of housing insecurity, and how their art makes a difference. Engage in a discussion on policy with a speaker from the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and view photographs taken by individuals experiencing housing insecurity in Waltham. 

Sponsored by: Habitat for Humanity and Waltham Group's Hunger and Homelessness
For more information: Rose Wallace, rwallace@brandeis.edu


Tuesday, February 3, 2015


History of Activism at Brandeis: A Show & Tell Event

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Archives & Special Collections Reading Room, Goldfarb Library

See multiday event listing above for full description.

Sponsored by: Archives & Special Collections, Brandeis Libraries
For more information: Surella Seelig, seseelig@brandeis.edu

A Women’s Place: An Intergenerational Discussion on Gender Inequality in the Workplace

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

As of 2014, women currently hold 5.2% of CEO roles in Fortune 500 companies. Many women still earn less than their male counterparts and are also afraid to negotiate their pay. While the gender gap is improving, it is not improving fast enough. Join students, faculty, staff and Brandeis National Committee chapter members for an exciting intergenerational discussion on the past, present, and future of women in the workplace. This event is perfect for any student, regardless of gender identity, who is curious about gender inequalities at work and would like to contribute to alleviating those inequalities. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: Brandeis National Committee Student Ambassadors
For more information: Karishma Pradhan, kpradhan@brandeis.edu

Brandeis Unites in Service

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 3:00-5:15 p.m.
Location TBA

See multiday event listing above for full description. 

Sponsored by: Brandeis Student Union
For more information: Emily Conrad, edconrad@brandeis.edu

Keynote Address

Social Change Through Civic Engagement and Pragmatic Idealism 
With Alan Khazei, cofounder of City Year and CEO of Be The Change, Inc.

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center

See the keynote main page for full description.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015


History of Activism at Brandeis: A Show & Tell Event

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Archives & Special Collections Reading Room, Goldfarb Library

See multiday event listing above for full description.

Sponsored by: Archives & Special Collections, Brandeis Libraries
For more information: Surella Seelig, seseelig@brandeis.edu

Soulfulness and Social Justice Making

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

Leadership in social justice can mean life on the frazzled edge: overstretched and overbooked while trying to address daunting world challenges. But it is possible to lead for social change in a new way, with that deep sense of contentment that all leaders yearn for. Based on his most recent book, “Fulfilled,” Kirk Jones will articulate a new approach for the exhausted activist leader. His approach to leadership is based on three inner capacities which every leader already possesses: stillness, awareness and playfulness. Learn from this Louisiana-born “Preacher’s Teacher” how to burn brightly in the world without burning out. Refreshments will be served. 

Sponsored by: Brandeis Graduate Christian Fellowship, Brandeis Interfaith Group, Brandeis Multifaith Chaplaincy and Sangha Club
For more information: Rev. Matt Carriker, carriker@brandeis.edu

Brandeis Unites in Service

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 3:00-5:15 p.m.
Location TBA

See multiday event listing above for full description. 

Sponsored by: Brandeis Student Union
For more information: Emily Conrad, edconrad@brandeis.edu

The Cultural Conversation

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Intercultural Center Swig Lounge

Join us as we embrace the importance of dialogue, especially surrounding the topics of culture and diversity, in our collective journey towards social justice. We invite you to participate in an activity that will challenge you to think beyond the social norms of culture and diversity. Following the activity will be a discussion that will leave you feeling more comfortable about being part of a Cultural Conversation. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: The Intercultural Center
For more information: Elba Valerio, evalerio@brandeis.edu

Strolling in the Ruins

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Alumni Lounge

Prof. Faith Smith discusses the 1907 earthquake of Kingston, Jamaica and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, examining both ruins that are literal and also the gendered and sexed figures who are "ruined" in ways that are not necessarily visible. What does it mean to be the flauneur who can interpret these scenes, as a figure who is not subsumed by the ruins? Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series
For more information: Shannon Hunt, shunt@brandeis.edu

ED Talks: What Does Social Justice Mean In Modern Education?

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
International Lounge, Usdan Student Center

This event will highlight the personal and positive stories and experiences of educators working on the frontlines of modern education. By sharing their stories, Brandeis faculty and alumni will explore the diverse ways in which social justice is realized in classrooms, schools, and communities. Through mini TED talk-style presentations, panelists will share an array of narratives that celebrate the ways in which members of the Brandeis community have contributed to social justice through the field of education. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: Education Program Undergraduate Department Representatives
For more information: Cynthia Jackson, cyndij@brandeis.edu

Mass Incarceration and the War on Drugs: “The House I Live In” Film Screening

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

The past thirty years have seen an exponential increase of the number of people incarcerated for low-level drug offenses, which disproportionately affects poor and low-income communities and communities of color. The War on Drugs has largely been responsible for feeding the crisis of mass incarceration. To find out more about how the United States now incarcerates more people than any other country on earth, and to find out how you can make a change, come see this stunning documentary! Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: Students Against Mass Incarceration
For more information: Maya Cooper, macooper@brandeis.edu

More than Down Dog: Finding Social Justice in Yoga

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Art Gallery

This event will explore the connection between yoga and social justice: specifically, how do the principles of yoga encourage a more just society? And how can yoga empower all, regardless of social class or circumstance? We will discuss the theory and history of yoga, and explore pranayama (breath work) and asana. All are welcome to join this event, whether you are interested in learning more about the philosophy of yoga, or are interested in exploring a different approach to encouraging a more just society. (Note: This will not be an hour-long yoga class, but do wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat if you have one!)

Sponsored by: Yoga Club
For more information: Morgan Dashko, morgan.dashko@gmail.com


Thursday, February 5, 2015


'DEIS Impact College: Social Justice and “Order and Change in Society” (SOC 1a), David Cunningham

Thursday, Feb. 5, 11:00-11:50 a.m.
Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Click here to learn more about 'DEIS Impact College

'DEIS Impact College: Social Justice and “Twentieth-Century American Culture” (AMST 100b), Thomas Doherty

Thursday, Feb. 5, 12:00-12:50 p.m.
Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Click here to learn more about 'DEIS Impact College

'DEIS Impact College: Social Justice and “Microeconomics” (ECON 10a), Michael Coiner

Thursday, Feb. 5, 1:00-1:50 p.m.
Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Click here to learn more about 'DEIS Impact College

'DEIS Impact College: Social Justice and “Dancing the African Diaspora: Keyterms, Grammars” (AAAS 148b), Jasmine Johnson 

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2:00-3:20 p.m.
Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Click here to learn more about 'DEIS Impact College

'DEIS Impact College: Social Justice and “Bollywood: Popular Film, Genre and Society” (ENG 20a), Ulka Anjaria  

Thursday, Feb. 5, 3:30-4:50 p.m.
Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Click here to learn more about 'DEIS Impact College

Civil Discourse: A Chaplains' Guide to 'Guard Your Lips from Evil'

Thursday, Feb. 5, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Alumni Lounge, Usdan Student Center

How we disagree can often have a greater impact than the disagreement itself.  What can faith traditions teach us about agreeing to disagree for the greater good?  Join the Brandeis Multifaith Chaplaincy for a thoughtful conversation on the power of words.

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

'DEIS Impact College: Social Justice and “International Economic Law” (LGLS 127b), Guive Mirfendereski  

Thursday, Feb. 5, 5:00-6:20 p.m.
Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Click here to learn more about 'DEIS Impact College

BPArt: Pluralism and the Arts

Event: Thursday, Feb. 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Display: Friday, Jan. 30-Monday, Feb. 9, All day
Shapiro Campus Center Art Gallery

See multiday event listing above for full description. Refreshments will be served at the event.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Pluralism Alliance
For more information: Elaine Wong, ewong@brandeis.edu

“Anita,” an award-winning Argentine film about a national tragedy seen through the lens of a woman with Down Syndrome

Thursday, Feb. 5, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Location TBA (in Heller School)

Acclaimed Argentine filmmaker Marcos Carnevale tells the remarkable story of a young woman with Down Syndrome whose routine life in Buenos Aires is tragically disrupted by the horrific 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association. As Anita wanders through the city following the attack she not only learns to care for herself, but touches the lives of those around her. After the film, we will host a lively panel discussion about life with Down Syndrome, hearing from self advocates, parents and professionals about their experiences. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: The Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, The Nathan and Toby Starr Center on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Brandeis Buddies
For more information: Michelle Techler, mtechler@brandeis.edu

The Merchant of Venice

Thursday, Feb. 5, 8:00-11:30 p.m.
International Lounge

See multiday event listing above for full description.

Sponsored by: Hold Thy Peace
For more information: Arielle Keller, askeller@brandeis.edu


Friday, February 6, 2015


'DEIS Impact College: Social Justice and “Masculinities” (SOC 115a), Gordie Fellman  

Friday, Feb. 6, 9:30-10:50 a.m.
Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Click here to learn more about 'DEIS Impact College

'DEIS Impact College: Social Justice and “American Transformations: Perspectives on United States History” (HIST 50b), Abigail Cooper  

Friday, Feb. 6, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Click here to learn more about 'DEIS Impact College

It's Not Better in Mentor: Bullying, Suicide, and Denial in an All-American Town

Friday, Feb. 6, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar International Center

The documentary film "Mentor" (2014) tells the stories of two young people in upperclass Mentor, Ohio, who have recently committed suicide after prolonged and covered-up bullying. In filmed interviews, the families come to realize what their children already knew: going to Mentor High School meant a daily battle to survive. The parents join forces in search of answers and justice, filing an unprecedented lawsuit against the school district for the death of their children that is met with willful denial and destroyed evidence. A discussion with filmmaker Alix Lambert and Psychological Counseling Center staff follows.

Sponsored by: Office of the Arts, the Psychological Counseling Center and the Film, Television and Integrated Media Program.
For more information: Ingrid Schorr, ingrids@brandeis.edu 

Coffee, Cupcakes and Condoms: Controversy in Reproductive Justice

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

When does legality not equal access? Why is reproductive health a class and race issue? Why are Crisis Pregnancy Centers free speech? Where is the dichotomy in the pro-choice movement? Would safe sex education lower abortion rates? Join this open discussion and complicate the idea of being pro-choice. Bring your thoughts, beliefs, testimonies, facts, lies, preconceptions and misconceptions to this smorgasbord of sugared-up cupcakes, caffeinated coffee, and confusing contraceptives. Speakers will be dispersed within our discussion to offer unique perspectives to the already controversial idea that all women, regardless of race, location, previous conditions, and socioeconomic status deserve the best health care.

Sponsored by: Brandeis Students for NARAL Pro-Choice
For more information: Alexis Ouellette, aouellette@brandeis.edu 


Saturday, February 7, 2015


“Don't Forget Me, Sir”: Reflections on Transnational English Language Learning

Saturday, Feb. 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Levine Ross, Hassenfeld Conference Center

The presence of English Language Learning (ELL) in southwestern India is a case study in exploring how and why English has gained power in some primarily non-English speaking societies. Event attendees will be invited to share their own experiences with teaching English abroad, as well as their perspectives on the merits and drawbacks of ELL programs. In addition, this event will explore what kinds of ethical questions teaching English internationally pose. Indian food will be served.

For more information: Shane Weitzman, sweitzma@brandeis.edu

Krav Maga Sexual Assault Defense and Awareness Seminar

Saturday, Feb. 7, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Lindsey Multi Purpose Rooms 3 and 4

Social justice begins at home – with personal safety through physical and mental empowerment. Hear a presentation about self-defense and the impact of domestic violence and sexual assault (5:30–6:15 pm, open to all). Following the presentation, a workshop will be held from 6:15-7:00 pm, in which an instructor from Krav Maga Boston will discuss how to assess situations involving potential sexual assault, and will demonstrate specific techniques for self defense in these scenarios. Participants will have the opportunity to work with each other and the instructors on these techniques. Athletic wear is highly recommended for the self defense portion. (Because of Krav Maga policies, the workshop portion at 6:15 is limited to female-bodied individuals, but the presentation at 5:30 p.m. is open to all.)

Sponsored by: Brandeis Krav Maga
For more information: David Alpert, dalpert@brandeis.edu

Beats of Peace

Saturday, Feb. 7, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Lurias, Hassenfeld Conference Center

Join drummer, teacher and writer Toussaint Liberator for a hands-on rhythmic journey exploring the roots of activism and social justice in the music of the African Diaspora.  Toussaint will lead a drum circle interspersed with his own insights and narratives on how music can bridge the gap between disparate communities and be the catalyst for peace.  Instruments will be provided.  No drumming experience necessary. 

Sponsored by: Brandeis Beats
For more information: Aliza Gans, bigansie@brandeis.edu

The Merchant of Venice

Saturday, Feb. 7, 8:00-11:30 p.m.
Location TBA

See multiday event listing above for full description.

Sponsored by: Hold Thy Peace
For more information: Arielle Keller, askeller@brandeis.edu


Sunday, February 8, 2015


The Merchant of Venice

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2:00-5:30 p.m.
International Lounge

See multiday event listing above for full description.

Sponsored by: Hold Thy Peace
For more information: Arielle Keller, askeller@brandeis.edu

Sibs' Journey: Broadening the Narrative

Sunday, Feb. 8, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Lurias, Hassenfeld Conference Center

In the summer of 2013, Ellie Rosenthal ’16, Renee Frederick, and Claire Nuchtern drove over 10,000 miles around the United States and interviewed almost 100 siblings of individuals with developmental disabilities ages four to 84. Their goal was to give voice to a community that is not often heard, although the sibling relationship is usually the longest relationship someone has. Since then, they held a conference at Brandeis for young adult sibs, bringing in medical and legal professionals to overview special needs trust funds, special needs residential options, and current sibling research. Meet Ellie, Renee and Claire, and join the conversation.

Sponsored by: Sibs' Journey
For more information: Eliana Rosenthal, erosen@brandeis.edu

Are You Winning an Unfair Game?

Sunday, Feb. 8, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

As a society, we let random acts of birth determine who receives access to the best healthcare, educational systems, and nutrition. Yet, many policymakers are surprised when those carrying the burdens of their birth are unable to succeed. So, Project Plus One challenges you: Can you win when the odds are stacked against you? Join us for a night of classic family games with some unusual twists. The night also features a short documentary, “Unnatural Causes,” detailing the racial, social, and economic circumstances that illuminate the unfair distribution of healthcare in this country. At the end of the evening, we will explore together: what should be the prize for winning an unfair game? Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by: Project Plus One
For more information: Adele Huang, haiyan11@brandeis.edu


Monday, February 9, 2015


Hiatt Industry Night: SoJust Leadership

Monday, Feb. 9, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Case Challenge, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Networking
Sherman Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center

This three-part event helps students committed to social justice learn about ways to continue making a social impact in their careers after graduation. The event features a case competition followed by a panel of experts who will raise awareness about key trends and their personal experiences and career paths. After a case competition, panelists and additional industry guests co-host networking that enable students to rotate through conversations with an array of experts who provide insights about their careers, academic backgrounds, and organizations. Refreshments will be served.
RSVP at brandeisu-csm.symplicity.com/events/SoJust2015

Sponsored by: Hiatt Career Center
For more information: Caroline O’Shea, oshea@brandeis.edu

’DEIS Impact After-Party!

Monday, Feb. 9, 9:15-10:15 p.m. 
Cholmondeley’s Coffee House, Usen Castle

Come celebrate all that we have experienced in the last 10 days and our motivation to make positive change in the world! Enjoy some good music, open mic performances and write on the walls of Chums your answer to this question: "I will leave a lasting social impact by . . . " Also, make your own pin-back button! Write on the button your pledge to make the world a more socially just place. Refreshments will be served. 

Sponsored by: ’DEIS Impacters
For more information: Shikha Chandarana, shikhac@brandeis.edu




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