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.


Elonis Poster*Threats, Free Speech, and the Law in the Internet Age: Elonis v. US

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Time: 12:30 - 6:00 pm
Location: Levine Ross, Hassenfeld Conference Center (upper Sherman)

The Supreme Court is currently considering the case of Elonis v. United States. This case presents a unique opportunity to decide what types of speech deserve First Amendment protections in an age of social media, and how we should legally understand what it means to threaten another.

Join the students and faculty of POL 197a The Supreme Court Colloquium for an afternoon with experts on civil liberties, hip-hop, hate speech, victim's rights, domestic violence and press freedom, as they debate the case and its implications, and advance our thinking about how new media complicates the future of the First Amendment.

Cosponsored by The Supreme Court Colloquim (POL 197a), The Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice, and the Ethics Center.

RSVP (optional) on Facebook. For more information, please contact colocour@brandeis.edu or visit the event webpage.


*The Immigrant Experience in Waltham: A Service-based Practicumd


Learnings from a semester in the community

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Time: 12:00 - 12:50 pm
Location: Levine Ross, Hassenfeld Conference Center (upper Sherman)

A city where over a dozen languages are spoken at home, Waltham presents an array of opportunities and challenges for a substantial community of immigrants. Join the students in the practicum "The Immigrant Experience in Waltham," taught by Marci McPhee, as the students share learnings from a semester of working with organizations in Waltham supporting immigrants.

Refreshments served. Cosponsored by the Office of Experiential Learning and Teaching and the Ethics Center.

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


Sorensen Fellows*From Looking to Bearing Witness

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Alumni Lounge, Usdan

Join the 2014 Sorensen Fellows as they share experiences from their internships in Ghana, Guinea, India, Kenya, Poland, and Washington, D.C. These students will reflect on their internships, emphasizing the theme of transformation through building relationships of trust. 

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


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

January 30 - February 9, 2015

Keynote by Alan Khazei, Co-founder of City Year, CEO and Founder of Be the Change, Inc.

Tuesday, February 3
7:30 pm, 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.

More info here.



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.