Upcoming Events


All events are free and open to the public, except where noted.


leonard_bernstein_power_of_musicLeonard Bernstein: The Power of Music

Thursday, October 4-Sunday, November 18, 2018

Time: Wednesday, 12-5 pm; Thursday, 12-8 pm; Friday-Sunday 12-5 pm. 

Location: Dreitzer Gallery, Spingold Theater Center, Brandeis University

Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music is an exhibit that has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Local support from the Office of the President; the Dean of Arts and Sciences; Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Brandeis Library; Schusterman Center for Israel Studies; Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry; Mandel Center for the Humanities; Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies; Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program; American Studies Program; Department of Mathematics; Department of Physics; Division of Science; the Vice Provost for Research; Brandeis Hillel; the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life; and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education. We are grateful for the support of Robin Brooks ’57, F’12; Lisa B. Popowich and Jonathan B. Stein, P’12; and Robert Safron ’66 and Lynda Safron.

Free and open to the public. For more information: http://www.brandeis.edu/bernstein-100/
To schedule a group tour, please use this form.

Organized at Brandeis by Ingrid Schorr, Director, Office of the Arts. Curated by Ellen Smith, Associate Professor and director, Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. Exhibition consultants: Kristin Parker and Hepzibah Rapoport ’12 and by the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) in Philadelphia, the exhibition includes artifacts and photographs — on loan from the composer’s family and other collections — that explore his life, Jewish identity and social activism. Additional materials from the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections document Bernstein’s time at Brandeis as a member of the music faculty and the Board of Trustees.


posterLa Batea - book presentation

Friday, October 19, 2018 

Time: 2:30 pm

Location: Schwartz 103

A brother-and-sister team, Stephen and Elizabeth Ferry have produced La Batea, exploring the varied lives of small-scale gold miners in Colombia - a group generally thought of as criminals, polluters or abject near-slaves. La Batea shows the many histories and contexts of small-scale gold mining that include violence and exploitation but also long-lived, self-determining anchored communities. Many of the documented miners have been in conflict with transnational gold mining companies that seek to remove them to make room for open-pit projects.

The graininess of Stephen’s film, along with the material and construction of the book, work to create a marked sense of texture. In their writing, Elizabeth and Stephen explore different observational genres of documentation, ethnography and poetry. With this emphasis on tactile experience and careful attention, La Batea bends the traditional genres of documentary photography and anthropological writing.

This event is sponsored by the Anthropology Department, the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, and the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST). For more information, please contact Professor Elizabeth Ferry.


AndersonClimate & The Human Consequences of Irreversible Change

Monday, October 29, 2018

Time: 6:45 pm 

Location: Schwartz Auditorium

Join Harvard Professor and distinguished climate scientist James Anderson for an overview of what we know about climate change today and what this means for human life on planet earth.

Pizza will be served. 
Please RSVP here.

This lecture is open to all.

Read more about Professor Anderson and his work here.

This event is sponsored by the Mandel Humanities Working Group on Climate Change as a Threat to Human Civilization and Life as We Know it and the Environmental Studies Program (ENVS), and cosponsored by Faculty Against the Climate Threat (FACT), Brandeis Climate Justice (BCJ), Brandeis Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies Program (PAX), the Department of Psychology, Sustainable Brandeis, and the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST), among others.



book_cover20 Years of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill: A Conversation with Joan Morgan

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

Time: 3:30 pm

Location: Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

Joan Morgan is an award-winning cultural critic, feminist author and pioneering hip-hop journalist. Morgan coined the term "hip-hop feminism" in 1999, when she published the groundbreaking book, When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks it Down, which is taught at universities globally. Regarded internationally as an expert on the topics of hip-hop, race and gender, Morgan has made numerous television and radio appearances. She has been a Visiting Scholar at The New School, Vanderbilt, Duke and Stanford and is currently a doctoral candidate at New York University. Her most recent book is She Begat This: 20 Years of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

This event is sponosored by the Department of African and African American Studies and cosponsored by the Dean of Students and the minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST).


dRefugees in the Land of Refugees: The Israeli Asylum Regime in a Comparative Context: a Talk by Tally Kritzman-Amir

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm

Location: Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex, Room 209. Refreshments will be served.

Over the last years, the Israeli asylum system has become both institutionalized and increasingly exclusionary, to the point of preventing the entry of any asylum seekers and promoting their deportation.

Kritzman-Amir’s talk will describe the gradual processes of institutionalization and exclusion in a comparative context, and discuss the broader implications for refugee protection and responsibility sharing.

Dr. Tally Kritzman-Amir is a Senior Lecturer of immigration and international law at the College of Law and Business, Israel. In 2017-18, she was a visiting fellow at the Harvard Law School Human Rights Program and a scholar-in-residence at the Hadassah Brandeis Institute of Brandeis University. She is currently an Israel Institute Associate Professor in the Harvard University Department of Sociology. 

Sponsored by the Ethics Center, with co-sponsorship by the Hadassah Brandeis Institute, the Department of International and Global Studies, Legal Studies Program, and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.


55_simon_rawidowicz_memorial_lectureSamuel Moyn: Rights and Nationhood from 1948 to the Present

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Time: 7:30 pm 

Location: Rapaporte Treasure Hall, Goldfarb Library

Samuel Moyn is professor of law and history at Yale University. He will deliver the 55th Annual Simon Rawidowicz Memorial Lecture

There will be a reception to follow. 

This event is sponsored by the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry with the support of the Valya and Robert Shapiro Endowment, the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and the Ethics Center. 

Questions? Contact: tauber@brandeis.edu