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.


beauty*Ethics Center LIVE! Photo Manipulation in Pursuit of "Beauty"

Friday, March 27, 2015

Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Location: Levine-Ross, Hassenfeld Conference Center (Upper Sherman)

Join us as we explore the ethical implications of digital photo manipulation, particularly implications concerning women, racial and ethnic conceptions of beauty, and effects on body image and expectation for young people. Engage in respectful debate with those passionate about these intersectional issues, while learning about the powerful and impactful tool an Ethical Inquiry can be in engaging debate and challenging the status quo. WARNING: There are no easy answers here.

Read through the full Ethical Inquiry we'll be discussing: "The Ethics of Digital Photo Manipulation: Alterations in Pursuit of 'Beauty'" researched and written by Brandeis alum Hailey Magee '15

Cosponsored by Active Minds at Brandeis University, The Justice photo editors, Women, Inc. (WINC), and the Ethics Center Leadership Council of the Ethics Center.

For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu. RSVP (optional) on Facebook.


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

Taking his title from that of a Martin Luther King sermon, Julian Bond will speak about how he became a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, and where his activism has taken him over the ensuing decades. He will highlight important people and events of the 1960s, and will discuss other movements that have grown out of the Civil Rights Movement, up to and including the fight for marriage equality and the opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Named a “Living Legend” by the U.S. Library of Congress, 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.


deis impact logo“Anita,” an award-winning Argentine film about a national tragedy seen through the lens of a woman with Down Syndrome 
(Rescheduled from 'DEIS Impact)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Heller G3

Acclaimed Argentine filmmaker Marcos Carnevale tells the remarkable story of a young woman with Down Syndrome whose routine life in Buenos Aires is tragically disrupted by the horrific 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association. As Anita wanders through the city following the attack she not only learns to care for herself, but touches the lives of those around her. After the film, we will host a lively panel discussion about life with Down Syndrome, hearing from self advocates, parents and professionals about their experiences. Refreshments will be served.

This event is sponsored by the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, the Nathan and Toby Starr Center on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and Brandeis Buddies.

For more information, please contact Michelle Techler.


d*Klansville, U.S.A.: Film Screening and Panel Discussion with special guests,
including Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life, Julian Bond (see March 31 event above)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar International Center

Join us for a screening of the PBS "American Experience" film Klansville, U.S.A. which is based on Brandeis sociology professor David Cunningham's book by the same title. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Callie Wiser, Prof. Cunningham, and Julian Bond, the Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life.

Hosted by the Department of Sociology. Part of the Richman Fellowship administered by the Ethics Center on behalf of the Office of the President.

For more information, please contact Lauren Jordahl. RSVP (optional) on Facebook.


*Social Movements, Legislation and Public Policy: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement for Today

with special guests, including Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life, Julian Bond (see March 31 event above)

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Time: 12:00 - 1:45 pm
Location: Zinner Forum, Schneider Building, Heller School

Attend a panel discussion about lessons learned from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and how it continues to inform the struggle for equality in America. Featuring Julian Bond, Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life; Prof. Chad Williams, Chair, Dept of African and Afro-American Studies; and Maya Cooper '15. Moderated by Sarah Gray, Heller School PhD candidate.

Hosted by the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Part of the Richman Fellowship administered by the Ethics Center on behalf of the Office of the President.

For more information, please contact Meaghan Cummings.


*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.


*A Mini-Festival of Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation

Friday, April 24, 2015

Time: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Multipurpose Room, Shapiro Campus Center

12:00 – 1:45 pm: Acting Together on the World Stage: "Asking Toward the Light"
A screening of the award-winning, Brandeis-produced, hourlong documentary "Acting Together on the World Stage: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict," which features performances from conflict regions around the world, followed by conversation with CAST students & filmmakers about shadow and light in the film and the world.

2:15 – 4:00 pm: Opening Eyes, Ears and Hearts: Performing Oral Histories about Encounters with Differences from students in CAST 150b
Students from the course "Introduction to Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation" (CAST 150b) share scenes, poems, songs and images based on oral history interviews with people different from themselves. Come prepared to listen, look, and, if you like, sing and dance as well!

Refreshments will be served.

Presented as part of the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts, by the program in Peacebuilding and the Arts and the Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) minor

For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu. RSVP on Facebook (optional).


Uncommencement*Uncommencement

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) Atrium, across from the Heller School

Come celebrate with the graduating seniors and graduate students whose work has been an integral part of the Ethics Center: Michael Abrams, Shota Adamia, Damiana Andonova, Lisette Anzoategui, Chen Arad, Marta Baran, Anna Bessendorf, Marisa Budlong, Brad Burns, Stacy Finley, Brandon Gale, Erica Granor, Jemesh Hunter, Brontte Hwang, Mia Katan, Hailey Magee, Shelby Magid, Sarah McCarty, Ryan Millis, Andrew Nguyen, Olivia Pobiel, Alina Pokhrel, Nelly Schlafereit, Karia Sekumbo, So Hyun Shin, Sydney Skov, Aliza Sotsky, Leah Staffin, Sneha Walia, Flora Wang, Heather Yoon, Hannah Young, and Gil Zamir.

Good food served! All are welcome.

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