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.

*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

deis impact logoHiatt Industry Night: SoJust Leadership
(Rescheduled from 'DEIS Impact)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm Case Challenge, 6:00 - 8:00 pm Networking
Location: Hassenfeld Conference Center

This three-part event helps students committed to social justice learn about ways to continue making a social impact in their careers after graduation. The event features a case competition followed by a panel of experts who will raise awareness about key trends and their personal experiences and career paths. After a case competition, panelists and additional industry guests co-host networking that enable students to rotate through conversations with an array of experts who provide insights about their careers, academic backgrounds, and organizations.

Refreshments will be served.
 For more information and to register, click here

Sponsored by the Hiatt Career Center
 and 'DEIS Impact.

For more information, please contact Caroline O’Shea.


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar International Center

In celebration of International Women's Day, come see Sean Gullette's "Traitors": Malika agrees to make just one drug run to save her family home and make a demo tape for her punk rock band. When she is teamed with a veteran woman drug mule, she must decide what her deepest values are. "Traitors" is in Arabic and French, with English subtitles. A discussion will follow the screening.

Snacks will be served.

This event is cosponsored by the Women's Studies Research Center (WSRC), International  Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), Heller Gender Working Group, Feminist Majority Leadership Assocciation (FMLA), NARAL, and Peacebuilding and the Arts. For more information, please contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

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


Sunday-Monday, March 8-9, 2015

Time: For session details, see full schedule.
Location: Levine Ross, Hassenfeld Conference Center (Upper Sherman)

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle, adopted by leaders across the globe in 2005, recognizes that the international community has a role to play when sovereign states fail to protect their own populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity. As R2P reaches its ten-year milestone, many questions remain about the principle's legitimacy, implementation and potential abuse. This conference is designed to bring together leading scholars and global actors to share ideas and experiences about both philosophical and practical aspects of R2P.

Full program, bios of conference speakers, and related resources. 

"The Responsibility to Protect at 10" is organized jointly by the the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research at Tel Aviv University and the Ethics Center.

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

r"Homo Sapiens 2.0: Genetic Enhancement, Ethics, and the Future of Humanity" featuring Jamie Metzl

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Gerstenzang 124, Brandeis University

Join "Genesis Code" author and technology and national security expert Jamie Metzl to discuss the most important topic being largely ignored by the global media:

After 250,000 years of evolution, our species is on the verge of taking active control of our genetics. The human genetic engineering revolution will not only revolutionize our reproduction process, it will also allow us to eliminate genetic diseases which have plagued our ancestors for millennia and to select or even engineer the traits of our children. The genetics revolution will be the greatest opportunity of our era, and also the greatest challenge.

Jamie Metzl is a Senior Fellow for Technology and National Security of the Atlantic Council, Senior Advisor to a global investment firm, and a member of the Ethics Center's International Advisory Board. He has served on the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and with the United Nations in Cambodia. A regular guest on national and international media, he is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide and the novels "The Depths of the Sea" and "Genesis Code." 

This event is hosted by Prof. Wangh's course "Genes and the Human Story." It is cosponsored by the Biology Department; the Genetic Counseling Program; the Health: Science, Society and Policy Program; Pre-Health Advising; and the School of Science.

Free and open to the public. Copies of "Genesis Code" will be available for sale at the event.

Directions to campus here. (Note: No permit is needed for parking on campus after 5pm.)
Campus map here. (Note: Gerstenzang Science Library is blue dot "U29" on this map.)

For more information and directions contact ethics@brandeis.edu. RSVP (optional) on Facebook.

Hibaaq OsmanInternational Women's Day with Hibaaq Osman

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Time: 12:00-2:00 pm
Location: Heller G3

In celebration of the International Women’s Day, the Coexistence and Conflict program at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management is hosting special guest - global political strategist and women’s rights activist, Hibaaq Osman, who will share her experience with El-Karama and the state of women peacemakers in the MENA Region. Osman works in partnership with civil society and youth leaders across the Middle East and Africa to promote women’s advancement, protection, and security, and advocate for their inclusion in decision-making and peacemaking frameworks. 

Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 

The event is co-sponsored by the Heller School's Gender Working Group, the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development, the Women’s Studies Research Center, and the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life

For more information, please contact Marta Baran

mark wolf

An International Court to Fight Corruption: A Federal Judge Makes the Case

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Faculty Club

Corruption destroys democracy, devastates human rights and saps more than five percent of the world's gross domestic product. Judge Mark Wolf will argue for an international court to combat the worst abuses, with commentary from a Brandeis alumnus, a Brandeis faculty member and a Brandeis undergraduate.

Senior U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf, district of Massachusetts

Bruce Singal '70, P'06, partner, Donoghue Barrett & Singal

Guive Mirfendereski, lecturer in legal studies, Brandeis University

Mia Katan '15, Ethics Center Leadership Council; Brandeis Institute for International Judges Undergraduate Intern

Daniel Terris, P'08, P'11, P'12, P'14
Director, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, Brandeis University

Admission is complimentary. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

RSVP by March 18.

For questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations (rsvp@alumni.brandeis.edu or 781-736-4041).

This event is co-sponsored by the Alumni Club of Greater Boston's Lawyers Network and the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.

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.

*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.