Upcoming Events

All events are free and open to the public, except where noted. Starred events (*) are coordinated by the Center. All other events are cosposonsored by the Center. Click here to request Ethics Center funding and/or publicity for your Brandeis campus event.

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Jennifer Almodovar '18 (left)
at hER Sorensen internship in
Boston with the Institute for
Justice and Democracy in Haiti.

*Sorensen Fellowship Application Support Weeks

October 13-28, 2016

See the Sorensen Fellowship events page for more information.

More information about the Sorensen Fellowship.

Application materials. Final application due Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

Dr.GraceNonoKeeping the Fire Alive: Contributions to Cultural Revitalization Initiatives in the Philippines, a presentation by Dr. Grace Nono

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Location: Glynn Amphitheater (G4), the Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Join us in welcoming Dr. Grace Nono, renowned Philippine music artist and ethnomusicologist, who will present on her work as the founder and Executive Director of the Tao Foundation for Culture and Arts.

The Tao Foundation facilitates cultural regeneration initiatives in northeastern Mindanao, southern Philippines, bridging grassroots indigenous culture bearers and younger generation Filipinos and Filipino-diasporans. Dr. Nono will also give voice to some songs taught to her by elders in her native island of Mindanao and other regions of the Philippines.

Filipino food will be served.

Sponsored by the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Heller Solidarity Network, Powerful Asian Women Working Group, Heller Students of Color Working Group, the Heller Environmental Justice Working Group, and the Ethics Center.

For more information, please contact christineguiao@gmail.com

Ethical ServicePanel on Ethical Service

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Time: 6:30 -  8:00 pm

Location: International Lounge, Usdan

Join us for a panel on ethical service. Professors from various departments will will share perspectives on what ethical service means to us and discuss how we can continue to provide international aid to nations in a manner that considers how it affects communities, is sustainable, and genuinely helpful to communities. A few students will open by speaking about their service experiences.

Panelists: Prof. Anita Hannig (HSSP, Anth., & WMGS), Prof. Greg Childs (AAAS, History, & LALS), and Prof. Gowri Vijayakumar (Soc & SJSP)

Student speakers: Apoorva Polavarapu, Tom Rossetti, & Khadijah Sawyer

Light refreshments will be provided.

Cosponsored by Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) Department, Social Justice and Social Policy (SJSP) Minor, Brandeis Pluralism Alliance (BPA), Department of Community Service, and the Ethics Center.

RSVP (optional) on Facebook. For more information, please contact shikhac@brandeis.edu

Debate*America in the Election Mirror

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Time: 2:00-3:20 pm

Location: Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

What can we learn about America from the 2016 presidential election? What has this election season illuminated about issues in America, particularly around immigration, gender and race? What can activists, educators and policymakers do to address systemic issues in the political system? Looking ahead, what work do Americans need to do as a nation, regardless of the outcome of the election in November?

A discussion featuring:
Jeffrey Lenowitz, Politics
Madeleine Lopez, Intercultural Center and History
Doug Smith, Legal Studies
Cindy Cohen, Ethics Center (moderator)

An open session of Prof. Jeffrey Lenowitz's Politics 166b class, "Civil Liberties in America.”

Part of Fall Fest.

Sponsored by the Ethics Center and the Intercultural Center. 

Cosponsored by the Departments of History, Latino and Latin American Studies, Legal Studies, and Politics.

RSVP (optional) on Facebook. For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

*Arts, Culture and Dialogue for Conflict Transformation and Diversity in Turkey

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Location: Shiffman 002

A talk with visiting arts administrator Eylem Erturk. Ms. Erturk will discuss the conditions of her home, Istanbul, Turkey, in terms of cultural production and intercommunal relations.

Cosponsored by the Rose Art Museum and the Program in Peacebuildng and the Arts.

For more information, contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

Marcelo Brociner '18
at his Sorensen internship
with Work Room Four
Art Studio in Hanoi, Vietnam
*Sorensen Fellowship Application Deadline

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Online, plus hard copy materials to Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) 310

See the Sorensen Fellowship events page for more information. 

Salon FlyerStaging Social Change

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: Rose Art Museum

Part of Imagining Freedom | Creating Justice: A series of salons at The Rose Art Museum hosted by LaShawn Simmons ’18 and Artist-in-Residence, Jane Wilburn Sapp.

The final event will engage participants through interactive performances of monologues and songs!

Cosponsored by the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts; the minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation; the Rose Art Museum; the Division of Creative Arts; the Arts|Race|Activism Series with the Support of the Brandeis Arts Council; and the Ethics Center.

RSVP encouraged. For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu

d*Rwanda: From Genocide to Dignity and Justice

Monday, November 7, 2016

Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: Heller G2

Journey with Samantha Lakin '08 into the hearts and lives of Rwandans today, 22 years after the genocide. Her dissertation research took her to difficult and little accessed spaces in Rwanda, where genocide survivors, former perpetrators, and ordinary citizens grapple with questions of history and memory of the 1994 genocide. How do these individuals view their neighbors? How do they choose (or not choose) to rebuild and engage in their communities in which both victims and perpetrators live? What does justice really mean for them, based on their unique experience of violence, trauma, healing, and recovery?

Samantha Lakin '08 is a PhD student at The Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University. She holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a BA from Brandeis. Lakin was a Fulbright scholar in Switzerland, where she researched the rescue of Jewish children to Switzerland during World War II. She has worked in Rwanda for the past four years, researching local perspectives of symbolic justice in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide: memorialization, commemoration, and personal memory practice. She has been featured on Voice of America-Afrique, and gave a Ted Talk in September 2015 at TedXFulbright. See samanthalakin.com.

Cosponsored by the MA Programs in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence, and the Ethics Center.

Refreshments will be served. RSVP (optional) on Facebook. For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

d*The Immigrant Experience.
Our Experience.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Time: 12:00 - 12:50 pm

Location: Lurias, Hassenfeld Conference Center (Upper Sherman)

What’s it like for immigrants who live in Waltham? What’s it like for Brandeis students who work with them? Join students in the practicum “The Immigrant Experience in Waltham,” taught by Marci McPhee, as the students share what they learned from a semester working with Charles River Public Internet Center, Prospect Hill Community Center, Waltham Family School, or WATCH CDC. Refreshments served. Cosponsored by the Office of Experiential Learning and Teaching. Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

d*'DEIS Impact: A Weeklong Festival of Social Justice

Thursday, January 26 - Sunday, February 5, 2017

What's YOUR social justice? Save the date for 'DEIS Impact, Brandeis University's annual festival of social justice, featuring talks, performances, discussions, workshops and more, planned by students, professors, clubs, and academic departments.

dKeynote: Rebecca Walker

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
7:30 pm
Shapiro Campus Center Theater

Free ticket info here.

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.

Walker's bio, more information and tickets here.

Sacred Music of the Mid East and North Africa: with Yuval Ron

Tuesday, February 7, 2016

Time: 2:00-3:30pm

Location: Slosberg Music Building

A quartet performance of Yemenite-Jewish prayers, Moroccan Jewish Prayers, Sufi Mystical Islamic Turkish prayers, Armenian Christian prayers, and Andalusi-Sephardi music visiting Judith Eissenberg's World Music class is open to Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST) community members.

Sponsored by CAST, Music, and the Ethics Center.

View a video of the Seven Pillars Inter-faith Concert by Yuval Ron Ensemble and guests, presented by The Guibord Center. Read about Yuval Ron's award winning book Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom.

For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu

Rev. BrownRichman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life Award Presentation and Lecture by Rev. Jeffery L. Brown

March 23, 2017

Time: TBA

Location: TBA

Rev. Jeffrey L. Brown  cofounder of the TenPoint Coalition and founder of RECAP (Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace), has helped communities all over the world adopt the RECAP model, which helps to ensure the right of every young person to live in an urban community without violence.

The event is free and open to the public. 

The Richman Fellowship is coordinated by the Ethics Center on behalf of the Office of the President, cosponsored by the Department of African and Afro-American Studies; Brandeis Arts Council; Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST); Division of Creative Arts; Department of Fine Arts; and the Rose Art Museum.

For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu