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

Full schedule of events and more information on the festival here.

The International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life and the Student Union present Brandeis University’s fourth annual weeklong "festival of social justice." Students, professors, clubs, and academic departments will host dozens of events throughout the week, featuring talks, artmaking workshops, performances, exhibits and discussions.

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.


*Creative Approaches to Seeking Justice/Portraits of Purpose

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Conversation with Don West, photojournalist and Portraits of Purpose creator, and Wyatt Jackson, the founder of Boston’s Project HIP-HOP (Highways Into the Past – History, Organizing and Power) about how they understand the contributions of the arts to social transformation, based on their experiences in Boston’s African-American community and beyond. 

Sponsored by the Minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST).

For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu


*Fatu Gayflor and Toni Shapiro-Phim in Residence

Monday - Thursday, March 2 - 5, 2015 (public session times below)

The CAST minor will host cultural anthropologist and dance ethnologist Toni Shapiro-Phim and singer/activist Fatu Gayflor. Fatu is a popular Liberian singer and refugee from the Liberian Civil war, who started Women's Chorus for Change. The chorus focuses on domestic violence and reconciliation among members of opposing groups within the Liberian community. Toni has worked extensively in Cambodia, and edited an anthology on dance and human rights. They will be coming the first week of March, the same week as the MusicUnitesUS residency with Fargana Qasimova, the noted Azerbaijani singer. We’ll see what happens with Fargana and Fatu meet and experience each other’s music!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Time: 2:00-4:50 pm
Location: Slosberg Recital Hall

Introduction to Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation, with Cynthia Cohen, open to the campus community. Including a presentation by MUUS visiting artist Fargana Qasimova, as part of a joint session with World Music: Performing Tradition through Sound (2 – 3:20), and a presentation by Fatu Gayflor and Toni Shapiro-Phim (3:30 - 4:50).

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Time: 2:00-3:20 pm
Location: Slosberg Recital Hall

Joint session of World Music: Performing Tradition through Sound (Judith Eissenberg) and Dancing the African Diaspora: Keyterms, Grammars (Jasmine Johnson), open to the campus community, with presentation by Fatu Gayflor and Toni Shapiro-Phim.

Sponsored by the Minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST).

For more 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.


*A Series of Events Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama

Klansville Screening and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Klansville, film based on David Cunningham’s book Klansville, U.S.A., followed by panel discussion with David Cunningham, and Julian Bond, distinguished civil rights leader, at Brandeis to receive Richman Fellow award.

Selma '65

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Time: TBD
Location: Shapiro Campus Center Theater

Selma ’65, one-woman play by Catherine Filloux, featuring Marietta Hedges performing as both Viola Luzzo, a white woman who was targeted by the Klan while she drove African American freedom fighters to safety following the historic Selma Voting March, and FBI informant Tommy Rowe.

Sponsored by the Minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST).

For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu


*fThe Immigrant Experience.

Our Experience.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Time: 1:00 - 1:50 pm
Location: Geller, 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 the 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, or Waltham Family School. Refreshments served. Cosponsored by the Office of Experiential Learning and Teaching. For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu.