Upcoming Events

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

CAST Minor Poster

CAST Capstone Presentation

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Location: Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex 209 

The Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) graduating minors will be presenting their final projects. Minors include: Gemma Curnin, Kiaina Gomez, Remony Perlman, Jean Poulard, and Sarah Terrazano.

The capstone project, a core part of the CAST minor, can be fulfilled as an internship, directed study, special topics course, or capstone series. Students will be discussing and reflecting on their work during this celebratory evening.  

Dinner will be served. 

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

CAST Poster

Documenting the Immigrant Experience: Films of Muslim Identity

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Mandel G03 


Join the students of CAST 170a for a film festival featuring their work. Throughout the semester, students have prepared short films documenting the stories of Muslim immigrants at Brandeis and in the greater Boston area. The resulting films explore themes of Muslim identity, community, and unity with the goal of promoting further understanding and acceptance.

Refreshments to follow.

Sponsored by the minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST). Funded by the Bahalim Fund, which supports public events that aim to combat Islamophobia and explore Islam as a tradition of learning and critical thinking.

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

Advocacy for Policy Change Students discussing their project

Advocacy for Policy Change: Present and Defend

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Time: 2:00 - 3:20 pm
Location: Alumni Lounge, Usdan 

The students of Advocacy for Policy Change (LGLS 161b) will present the legal advocacy projects they developed over the course of the semester. Projects include:

  • Safe Communities Act
  • Juvenile Justice: Raise the Age
  • Sexual Violence on College Campuses
  • Workplace Bullying
  • Immigrant Rights: Work and Family Mobility Act
  • Healthy Youth Act: Sex Education and Health Relationships
  • Higher Education Opportunities for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
  • 100% Renewable Energy
  • ROE Act: Remove Obstacles and Expand Abortion Access
  • Reduce Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs
  • Ensuring Language Readiness in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

The Advocacy for Policy Change class is a part of ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation, a national program based at Brandeis that is in 29 states. The ENACT program offers this course at Brandeis every spring.

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Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

2018 Uncommencement Students

Uncommencement and CAST Graduation

Friday, May 3, 2019

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: Abraham Shapiro Academic Complex Atrium 

Come celebrate with the graduating seniors and graduate students whose work has been an integral part of the Ethics Center, as well as those fulfilling the minor in CAST.

This year's event honorees include: Amna Ahmed, Armine Avetisyan, Abby Bergman, Julia Brown, Gemma Curnin, Yuval Derry, Vidit Dhawan, Ece Esikara, Alexander Feldman, Klaina Gomez, Andrew Jacobson, Alyssa Kann, Kate Kesselman, Samantha Lauring, Siwar Mansour, Madison Matthews, Santiago Montoya, Remony Perlman, Jean Poulard, Hannah Recknor, Sage Rosenthal, Elisabeth Shaller, Doron Shapir, Ravi Simon, Brandon Stanaway, Hannah Sussman, Maxwell Tang, Sarah Terrazano, and Yiyi Wu.   

Good food served! All are welcome.

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

This Place/DisplacedThis Place/Displaced

Thursday May 2 - Saturday May 4, 2019

Times: 7:30 pm May 2, 8:00 pm May 3-4
Location: Merrick Theatre, Spingold

Artists' Theater of Boston (ATB) has partnered with Boston-area residents who have experienced eviction and displacement to create a new work exploring gentrification, loss of community and local memory, and the fight to have a home. This Place/Displaced weaves together stories of advocacy, change, and resistance by eight playwrights including Kirsten Greenidge (Obie winning Milk Like Sugar), David Valdes Greenwood (IRNE nominated Bully Dance), and MJ Halberstadt (Eliot Norton Award winning Losers, or The Launch Prize), with original music by composer Max Kennedy. Directed by Josh Glenn-Kayden, Artistic Associate and Casting Director at Company One Theatre, This Place/Displaced is a timely reflection of Boston's need to prioritize equity and justice for all its residents. Following its August run at the Charlestown Working Theater, ATB brings the production to Brandeis, accompanied by conversations with anti-displacement activists, playwrights, and company members, and opportunities to advocate for just communities. 

Sponsored by the Minor in Creativity, the Arts, and Social Transformation (CAST) with financial support from The Max and Sunny Howard Memorial Foundation (through the support of Naomi Sinnreich, P'13).

The event is free and open to the Brandeis community. 

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.

John Paul Lederach

2019 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize: John Paul Lederach 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Time and Location: TBA 


Join the Brandeis community in welcoming the 2019 Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize recipient, John Paul Lederach

Professor Emeritus of International Peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame, Lederach has worked extensively as a practitioner in conciliation processes. Lederach is widely known for the development of culturally appropriate approaches to conflict transformation and the design and implementation of integrative and strategic approaches to peacebuilding. 

The Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize was created by the late Professor Joseph B. Gittler to recognize outstanding and lasting scholarly contributions to racial, ethnic and/or religious relations. The Gittler Prize is hosted by the Ethics Center on behalf of the Office of the President.  

Questions? Contact ethics@brandeis.edu.