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Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa
Albie Sachs Poster

The Center cosponsored a documentary film screening, talk, and reception with Judge Albie Sachs and filmmaker Abby Ginzberg. Albie Sachs: anti-apartheid activist, lawyer, and South African Constitutional Court Judge. Imprisoned, tortured, exiled, blown up by a car bomb…and still he fought for justice and reconciliation. Full details.

Announcing the Minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation 

Seeking Lives of Purpose

This semester the Center is helping to launch a new minor at Brandeis focused on the intersection of peacebuilding, justice and culture. Read more about the CAST minor.

New Ethical Inquiry - "Exploring the Ethics of Solitary Confinement" 

Read about the history and debates over the ethics of solitary confinement in the newest Ethical Inquiry, written by Leah Igdalsky. 

New podcast: "Arts, Well-being and Resilience: Ideas and Music"Cynthia Cohen and Jane Wilburn Sapp

Listen to a presentation and performance by Director of Peacebuilding and the Arts Cynthia Cohen and musician, educator, activist and cultural worker Jane Wilburn Sapp: "Arts, Well-being and Resilience: Ideas and Music" was presented at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) on May 6. Note: the presentation begins at 15 minutes and 30 seconds, with an intro by UBC Professor of Law Michelle LeBaron.

The Sorensen Fellows are "in the field" & around the globe!2014 Sorensen Fellows

The 2014 Sorensen Fellows are putting social justice into action around the globe this summer. Read about the work of Ibrahima Diaboula '16, Shimon Mazor '16, Elad Mehl '16, Ngobitak Ndiwane '16, and Sneha Walia '15.

Blacks, Jews, and Social Justice in America: June 10-12, 2014Blacks Jews and Social Justice conference 2014 poster

The Ethics Center was a cosponsor of this conference at Brandeis, hosted by the American Studies Department, marking the 50th anniversary of the slaying of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. Among the featured events: a keynote address by Congressman John Lewis, a screening of Stanley Nelson's documentary Freedom Summer (2014), and a discussion of Satchmo at the Waldorf with John Douglas Thompson and Terry Teachout. Info:

Advocacy for Policy Change: Present and Defend:Advocacy for Policy Change presenters

The students of Advocacy for Policy Change (LGLS 161b) presented the legal advocacy projects they developed over the course of the semester. More info on Facebook.

BIIJ 2013 - The International Rule of Law in a Human Rights EraBIIJ 2013 report cover

The 2013 edition of the Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ) report includes discussions on the expanding impact of human rights law on international courts and tribunals, the national impact of international human rights norms, the universality of human rights, the role of of state engagement and diplomacy in international justice, and the future of international courts and tribunals. Read or download [PDF].

Third annual 'DEIS Impact "festival of social justice" a great success!

'DEIS Impact 2014 logoThe Ethics Center and the Student Union presented the third annual weeklong "festival of social justice" at Brandeis University Feb. 1-10, featuring talks, performances, exhibits, discussions, and more. It was a great success! See photos, videos, summaries of events, and more....

10 Most Inspirational Moments from ’DEIS Impact 2014'DEIS Impact 2014 logo

Agonizing that you couldn’t make all 55 'DEIS Impact 2014 events? No worries! Here are 10 moments Ethics Center Leadership Council member Mia Katan '15 found particularly inspirational: Exploring Ethics Blog. What inspired you? Let us know in the comments!


The International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life encompasses the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts, Programs in International Justice and Society, and a range of Brandeis campus programs:

Programs in International Justice and Society

Promoting Just Societies and a Global Rule of Law

Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts

Transforming Violence Through Creativity

Brandeis Campus Programs

Knowledge, Action & Reflection for the Next Generation of Social Justice Leaders