Previous Events

Previous major events initiated by the Center include:

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

'Deis Impact- Festival of Social Justice

Richman Distinguished Fellow in Public Life Lecture: How I Got in the Movement: A Civil Rights "Living Legend" Tells His Story - Julian Bond

Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize Lecture: Liberation Theology and Social Activism - Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez

Just Performance: Enacting Justice in the Wake of Violence

9/11 – Reflections Five Years Later        

The Long View

Telling the Story                    

Local Action/Global Impact     

For round-ups of other past events, see our News section or use the "Search" function above to search for a specific event or topic. 

Cosponsorship guidelines 

For information about Ethics Center cosponsorship of your campus event, click here.

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*"One Rock, Three Religions" Documentary Film Screening and Discussion

Please note: This is a private screening, free and open to members of the Brandeis community


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Time: 7:00 pm (doors open 6:30) - The first 100 attendees will receive a copy of the book "The Power of the Invisible Sun" donated by the author, Bobby Sager '76, Chairman of Polaroid, Founder of the Sager Family Traveling Foundation & Roadshow and of the Young Presidents' Organization Peace Action Network. Bobby Sager will be one of the panelists at the event.

Location: Wasserman Cinematheque, Sachar International Center

“You are nobody if you don’t remember where you come from.” – Father David Neuhaus

Drawing from this powerful statement, “One Rock, Three Religions” explores humanity’s connection to one of the world’s most revered and disputed places, Jerusalem’s Haram Al Sharif or The Temple Mount.

Director of the film Isaac Hertz and producer Valentina Castellani Quinn will introduce "One Rock Three Religions." They will be joined for a post-film discussion by Brandeis Professor Kanan Makiya, who is featured in the film, David Ellenson, Acting Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, and Bobby Sager '76, Chairman of Polaroid, Founder of the Sager Family Traveling Foundation & Roadshow and of the Young Presidents' Organization Peace Action Network.

This event is cosponsored by the Film, Television and Interactive Media Program; the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies; and the Ethics Center.

Brandeis community members RSVP (optional) on Facebook. Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.


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Zoey Hart '13 (R) at her WOW
Internship with the SOLD Project
in Chiang Rai, Thailand

*Summer Internship Funding Info Session

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Time: 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Location: Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) Atrium, across the Loop Road from the Heller School

Thinking ahead to summer 2016? Looking to find or fund the internship you've always wanted?

Learn how you can receive funding through the

Discussion will include changes to the Sorensen Fellowship for 2016, including

  • no requirement to be on campus the spring semester before your internship
  • no requirement to arrange an internship placement before being accepted as a Fellow
  • and more

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


d*'DEIS Impact: A Weeklong Festival of Social Justice --

Launch Party/Info Session

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Mandel Center for the Humanities Atrium

What's YOUR social justice? Thinking about planning an event for 'DEIS Impact 2016? We're looking for workshops, discussions, performances, speakers, films, exhibits...anything exploring or advancing social justice. 

Come learn how to organize and obtain funding for a 'DEIS Impact event. Proposals due Friday, October 16, 2015 at noon.

Social-justice themed refreshments will be served: vegetarian, kosher, organic, fair trade, local and eco-friendly.



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


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'DEIS Impacter Application Deadline

Friday, September 18, 2015

Time: 12:00 noon

Location: Application here

We need 'DEIS Impacters to create 'DEIS Impact - shaping the festival from the ground up and helping it live up to its incredible potential. If you're passionate about Brandeis and its social justice roots, apply today!

For more information, contact ethics@brandeis.edu.


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Wilkins Lugo, Sorensen Fellow '15,
at his internship with the Housatonic
Valley Association in Connecticut

*We Give You $4000, You Put Social Justice Into Action: Sorensen Fellowship Draft Application Deadline

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Online, plus hard copy essay appreciated to Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) 310

If you’d like to get feedback on your ideas before the Sorensen Fellowship deadline, you are invited to submit a Draft Application. A Draft Application is not required, and it will not become part of your final application. It’s fine if the proposal is incomplete or in rough form, or even if it’s just a rough idea.

Application materials here. Final application due Monday, November 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.


slemaSelma '65: Play by Catherine Filloux

Tuesday, October 8, 2015

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Shapiro Campus Center Theater

Catherine Filloux’s one-woman play Selma '65, in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting March, brings to life the interconnected stories of Viola Liuzzo, white civil rights activist, and Tommy Rowe, FBI informant, undercover with the Ku Klux Klan. The play will be performed at Brandeis University in October 2015. The play received its world premiere from September 25th to October 12th, 2014 for a 16-performance run at La MaMa, where Filloux is a resident artist. The artistic team includes director Eleanor Holdridge; actress Marietta Hedges; set designer Kris Stone; and costume designer Suttirat Larlarb, who did the costumes for the film Slumdog Millionaire, and with whom Filloux worked on her award winning play Eyes of the Heart. Read Catherine's blog about Selma '65.

Watch a video of an interview with playwright Catherine Filloux about Selma '65 with Pei-Sze Cheng discussing the real-life events that surrounded the legendary 1965 voting march in Selma, Alabama.

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu


*We Give You $4000, You Put Social Justice Into Action: Sorensen Fellowship Summer Earnings Replacement Grant Info Session

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Time: 5:00 - 5:30 pm

Location: Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) Atrium, across the Loop Road from the Heller School

Students who need to work to save money over the summer may not have been able to consider applying for unpaid internships, even with programs that cover airfare and living expenses – until now. Applicants for the Sorensen Fellowship may apply for this need-based grant of up to $1,500 as partial replacement for what they would have earned at a summer job. (This grant is in addition to the merit-based award all Sorensen Fellows receive to cover internship-related costs: $4,000 for international internships, $3,500 for internships in the USA.)

Attend this brief information session to learn more. RSVP (optional) on Facebook.

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.


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Ngobitak Ndiwane (l), Sorensen
Fellow '14, at her internship
with Atorkor Development
Foundation in Ghana

*Proposal Writing Workshop

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Time: 5:00 - 6:00 pm

Location: Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) Atrium, across the Loop Road from the Heller School

Come learn how to write an effective funding proposal. Workshop leaders will present tools and exercises for sharpening your prose. This workshop is open to all, though it will be of particular benefit to those who have submitted a Sorensen Fellowship Draft Application.

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.


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Shimon Mazor (l), Sorensen
Fellow '14, at his internship
with Power Women Group,
Nairobi, Kenya

*We Give You $4000, You Put Social Justice Into Action: Sorensen Fellowship Application Support Weeks

October 14-29, 2015

Sorensen Fellowship director Marci McPhee holds regular office hours throughout the semester. In addition, she’ll have extra office hours during Sorensen Fellow Application Support Weeks – Oct. 14-29, 2015.

Make one ½ hour appointment anytime this fall to discuss ideas, questions or concerns about your application. Contact ethics@brandeis.edu, or sign up directly here.

More information about the Sorensen Fellowship.

Application materials. Final application due Monday, November 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm.


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Event Proposal and Funding Request Deadline

Friday, October 16, 2015

Time: 12:00 noon

Location: Proposal submission form here

What's YOUR social justice? Propose an event and request funding for 'DEIS Impact 2016, Brandeis University's annual festival of social justice, featuring talks, performances, discussions, workshops and more, planned by students, professors, clubs, and academic departments.

For reminders and to follow the conversation, RSVP on Facebook (optional).

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.


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Azlin Perdomo (2nd from right),
Ilana Szobel (Far right).

*Presentations by Recipients of CAST Grants for Faculty Projects

Friday, October 23, 2015

Time: 9:00 am

Location: Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex Atrium, across the Loop Road from the Heller School

Four members of the Brandeis faculty were awarded Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) grants of $2,000 for research and creative projects. The awards will support creative and scholarly inquiry into theory and practice at the nexus of arts, culture and social change; enhance teaching and advising; and animate an interdisciplinary conversation about creativity, social justice and peacebuilding through the arts. Join us for the following presentations (and see November 3 for more):

  • "My American Girls" – Prof. Azlin Perdomo (Hispanic Studies, Romance Studies)
  • "Choreographing the Disabled Body: Gender, Performance, and Zionism in the work of Tamar Borer" – Prof. Ilana Szobel (Near Eastern and Judaic Studies)

Read more about the projects and grant recipients.

These stipends were made possible through generous funding from the Max and Sunny Howard Memorial Foundation, with gratitude to Naomi Sinnreich P'13 for her vision and support. Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.


f*Living in Sri Lanka: A Sorensen Fellow Reflects on "Anil's Ghost"

Friday, October 23, 2015

Time: 9:30 - 10:30 am

Location: Alumni Lounge, Usdan

Drawing on her years living in Sri Lanka (2003-4) working for a Sri Lankan law firm, one of the original Sorensen Fellows, Ariele Cohen '99, reflects on the themes and issues of the book "Anil's Ghost" over a light breakfast. Cosponsored by Academic Services and the Ethics Center. Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.


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Mandatory Event Organizers Meeting (dinner served)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Time: 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Location: Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) Atrium, across the Loop Road from the Heller School

A mandatory meeting for all 'DEIS Impact 2016 event organizers (at least one representative from each group must attend, in order for your funding to be secured).

'DEIS Impact publicity guidelines, event organizing regulations, and other details about the festival will be discussed.

Dinner served! Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.


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Damiana Andonova, Sorensen
Fellow '13, at her obstetrics
Internship in Blagoevgrad,
Bulgaria

*We Give You $4000, You Put Social Justice Into Action: Sorensen Fellowship Application Deadline

Monday, November 2, 2015

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Online, plus hard copy materials to Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex (ASAC) 310

More information about the Sorensen Fellowship.

Application materials. Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.


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Adrianne Krstansky (Far Left),
Judith Eissenberg (2nd from Left).

*Presentations by Recipients of CAST Grants for Faculty Projects

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex Atrium, across the Loop Road from the Heller School

Four members of the Brandeis faculty were awarded Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) grants of $2,000 for research and creative projects. The awards will support creative and scholarly inquiry into theory and practice at the nexus of arts, culture and social change; enhance teaching and advising; and animate an interdisciplinary conversation about creativity, social justice and peacebuilding through the arts. Join us for the following presentations (and see October 23 above for more):

Read more about the projects and grant recipients.

These stipends were made possible through generous funding from the Max and Sunny Howard Memorial Foundation, with gratitude to Naomi Sinnreich P'13 for her vision and support. Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.



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Worker Li Tieshan's living quarters
south of Boston, April 2009
*Pilgrim Father/Illegal Son: Story of Two Immigrants

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm Artist Talk with Wen-ti Tsen; 1:00 - 1:30 pm Reception

Location: Talk in Merrick Theater, Spingold Theater Center; Reception in Spingold Lobby with light refreshments

Exhibit on display in Spingold, near Laurie Theater, Mon. Nov. 16 through Sun. Nov. 22 (M-F 8am - 11pm, Sat 10am - 10pm, Sun 12 noon - 5pm)

Two illegal immigrants: one a present-day Chinese man who overstays his visa, and the other William Bradford of 17th century England, who sailed on the Mayflower.

See their stories told in a 54-foot graphic mural by internationally known artist Wen-ti Tsen, illustrating the complexities of modern-day immigration issues.

This event is part of I Am Global Week. It is sponsored by the Ethics Center, with support from the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of Experiential Learning and Teaching, in collaboration with the EL16a class, "The Immigrant Experience in Waltham: A Service-based Practicum."

The artwork was created through the Chinese Progressive Association, with support from Mass Humanities.

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.


*The Immigrant Experience. Our Experience.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Time: 12:00 – 12:50 pm
Location: International Lounge, Usdan
 
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 EL16a practicum class “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, Waltham Family School, or WATCH. Please bring your lunch; light refreshments served. Cosponsored by the Office of Experiential Learning and Teaching. Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

d*'DEIS Impact: A Weeklong Festival of Social Justice

Thursday, January 28 - Sunday, February 7, 2016

What's YOUR social justice? Save the date for 'DEIS Impact 2016, Brandeis University's annual festival of social justice, featuring talks, performances, discussions, workshops and more, planned by students, professors, clubs, and academic departments.

Propose an event and apply for funding by October 16, 2015 at noon.


Thursday, January 28, 2016


Special Featured Event: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US Supreme Court Justice

Part of the Louis D. Brandeis Centennial Celebration.

Time: TBA
Location: TBA


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             Photo by Nathea Lee
Keynote Events

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Performance of "Freedom Underfoot"

with Germaine Ingram, civil rights lawyer and jazz tap dancer
accompaniment by musicians Diane Monroe and Dr. Jacqueline Pickett

Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Shapiro Campus Center Theater


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          Germaine Ingram. 
          Photo by J.J. Tizio
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Keynote Address: "The Law and the Stage: Platforms for Pursuing Social Justice"

with Germaine Ingram, civil rights lawyer and jazz tap dancer
accompaniment by violinist Diane Monroe

Time: 7:30 pm (note time change)
Location: Shapiro Campus Center Theater

Free ticket info coming soon.



Full schedule of 'DEIS Impact events coming soon!

'DEIS Impact is a collaboration between the Brandeis Undergraduate Student Union and the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, with generous support from the Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice. The keynote and performance by Germaine Ingram are part of the Student Support Services Program (SSSP) 25th Anniversary Celebration and are cosponsored by the Brandeis Posse.

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.