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.


d*'DEIS Impact: Brandeis University's Annual Festival of Social Justice...

January 30 - February 9, 2015

More info here.

Keynote Address
KhazeiSocial Change Through Civic Engagement and Pragmatic Idealism with
 Alan Khazei, Co-founder of City Year, CEO and Founder of Be the Change, Inc.

Tuesday, February 3

Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Location: Levin Ballroom, Usdan

One of “America's 25 Best Leaders” (US News and World Report, 2006) and author of Big Citizenship: How pragmatic idealism can bring out the best in America, Khazei will speak about empowering citizens to make a difference.

As a young graduate from Harvard Law School, Alan Khazei co-founded City Year, which now operates in 20 U.S. cities and Johannesburg and London, and served as the model for the AmeriCorps program. Khazei is currently the CEO of Be The Change, an organization he started to do collective impact work. One of “America's 25 Best Leaders” (US News and World Report, 2006), he is the author of Big Citizenship: How pragmatic idealism can bring out the best in America, and founder of Be the Change, Inc. Khazei has been a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, and teaches a course on social entrepreneurship in the Spring at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Khazei will speak about empowering citizens to make a difference.

Cosponsored by The Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program, the Brandeis undergraduate Student Union, and the Ethics Center. With generous support from The Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice.

Ticket Information: For free tickets to the ’DEIS Impact keynote address for those on campus, stop by Brandeis Tickets in the Shapiro Campus Center atrium during the following hours when classes are in session: Monday-Friday, noon-6 p.m. or Saturday, noon-4 p.m. (maximum two tickets per Brandeis ID). Off-campus guests please email pospecialevents@brandeis.edu or call 877-736-4098 with your name, address, email and phone number. Please indicate the number of tickets you would like (maximum four tickets per person). For group ticket inquiries, please contact Elisa Searle in the Office of Special Events at elisasearle@brandeis.edu or 781-736-4037. All ticket requests must be received no later than Jan. 30.


*The Responsibility to Protect at 10: the Challenge of Protecting the World's Most Vulnerable Populations

Sunday - Monday, March 8-9, 2015

Time: all day - schedule TBA
Location: Levine Ross, Hassenfeld Conference Center

This conference is designed to bring together leading scholars and global actors to share ideas and experiences around this controversial concept.  Thematic sessions for the conference will include the following:

 “R2P: Ethical Dimensions;” “The International Arena;” “Implementation of R2P: Practical Challenges;” “Other Directions of R2P;” “Justice and Accountability;” “
R2P in the Real World” (a double panel with presentations on Kosovo, North Korea, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, and other situations); and “Implementation of R2P: Practical Challenges.” The conference will end with a roundtable discussion, “The Future of R2P and Global Governance.”

"The Responsibility to Protect at 10" is free and open to the public. It is organized by the Ethics Center with the coooperation of the Tami Steinmetz Institute for Peace Research at Tel Aviv University.

For inquiries and further information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu.



d*How I Got in the Movement: A Civil Rights "Living Legend" Tells His Story - Julian Bond

The Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life Lecture and Reception

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Time: 3:30 pm
Location: Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

Named a “Living Legend” by the U.S. Library of Congress, H. Julian Bond has been a driving force for social change for more than 50 years – as a civil rights leader, politician, scholar, and writer. In 1960, he helped co-found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He went on to serve four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and six terms in the Georgia Senate. During his legislative tenure, Bond successfully fought to create a majority black congressional district in Atlanta and organized the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus. He helped to found the Southern Poverty Law Center, whose mission is to seek justice for the most vulnerable members of society. He served as its president from 1971 to 1979. For 11 years he was chairman of the NAACP.

Richman Fellows are selected from among 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 to realize and share in the benefits of this nation. The Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life was created by Brandeis alumna Dr. Carol Richman Saivetz '69, along with her children, Michael Saivetz '97 and Aliza Saivetz Glasser '01, in honor of Carol's parents, Fred and Rita Richman. The award is funded by the generosity of the Richman and Saivetz families. The Richman Fellowship is hosted by the Ethics Center on behalf of the Office of the President.

Read more information about Julian Bond.

Read more about the Richman Fellowship, including how to submit nominations.

All are welcome to attend. RSVP (optional) on Facebook. For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu.