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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Roya Hakakian Iran's Unfinished Revolution

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm 

Location: Napoli Room, Gosman Athletic Center 

Roya Hakakian, a widely published author, poet, journalist and documentary filmmaker will connect the journey of her own prominent Iranian Jewish family that fled Iran during Khomeini's revolution to the events unfolding today as women strip their hijabs in public to protest restrictive laws. 

Free tickets available here

Sponsored by Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and cosponsored by the Ethics Center, among others. For the complete list of cosponsors, visit Facebook

Questions? Contact hbi@brandeis.edu

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*"Hope Is a Discipline: Fighting for Justice in Perilous Times"

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm (talk and award ceremony); 5:30 - 6:15 pm (reception)

Location: Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library 

Vanita Gupta, the former top civil rights prosecutor in the U.S. and current president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, has been awarded the 2018 Richman Fellowship by Brandeis University. She is the first woman and the first child of immigrants to run the largest civil and human rights coalition in the nation. 

In her lecture, Gupta will be discussing the importance of cultivating hope - such as LGBTQ+ rights and criminal justice reform - in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges. 

The Richman Fellowship was created in honor of Fred and Rita Richman. The fellowship recognizes individuals active in public life whose contributions have had a significant impact on improving American society, strengthening democratic institutions, advancing social justice or increasing opportunities for all citizens. 

This event and reception is free and open to the public. 

RSVP (optional) on Facebook.

Vanita Gupta will be in residence at Brandeis University from Tuesday, March 6 through Wednesday, March 7, 2018. 

The Richman Fellowship is hosted by the Ethics Center on behalf of the Office of the President.

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

Ethics Center Logo*Ethics Center 20th Anniversary 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Time: 2:00 - 8:30 pm 

Location: Various (see below)

In 2018, the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life celebrates its 20th year. Join us in celebrating the anniversary on Monday, March 12. 

Schedule of events:

2:00 - 5:15 p.m. 20th anniversary symposium: "Democracies in Peril: The Role of the University." International Lounge, Usdan Building, Brandeis University.

5:30 - 6:45 p.m. Celebration and reception. Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex Atrium, Brandeis University.

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. "A Powerful Fire: Performances to Energize Our Next 20 Years." Mandel Center for the Humanities Atrium, Brandeis University. 

All events are free and open to the public. 

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

Watch for the list of panelists and performers, coming soon.

ENACT Program *ENACT Forum on Women's Political Engagement

Monday, April 9, 2018

Time: 2:00 - 3:15 pm 

Location: Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room

Come hear from Massachusetts State Senator Cindy Friedman and former New Hampshire Speaker of the House Terie Norelli as they discuss their careers in politics and political advocacy. Both will bring their own perspectives on political engagement, particularly at the state level.  

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This event is hosted by ENACT, and is sponsored by the Rice Family Foundation. It is free and open to the public.

More about ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation: go.brandeis.edu/ENACT

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu

Students in Advocacy for Policy Change Class *ENACT - Advocacy for Policy Change: Present and Defend 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Time: 2:00 - 3:15 pm 

Location: Levine-Ross, Hassenfeld Conference Center

The students of Advocacy for Policy Change (LGLS 161b) will try to persuade you to vote for their bills, which are currently being considered by the Massachusetts State Legislature. Attend and exercise your right to influence public policy!

Bill topics include: immigration, employment, privacy, criminal justice, education, health care and more!

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More about ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation: go.brandeis.edu/ENACT

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu