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The Ethics Center Celebrates its 20th Anniversary!Ethics Center logo

In 2018, the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life celebrates its 20th year! The anniversary celebration took place on Monday, March 12. There was a symposium, a reception, and a performance. Full details here. Read a BrandeisNOW story here.

Ethics Center Founding Director Daniel Terris Appointed Dean of the Al-Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences

Ethics Center Founding Director Daniel Terris will be stepping down from the Ethics Center in June 2018 to accept the position of Dean of the Al-Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences at Al-Quds University, a Palestinian institution. Terris will become Director Emeritus of the Ethics Center. Read more here

ENACT Forum on Women's Political Engagementlogo

Massachusetts State Senator Cindy Friedman and former New Hampshire Speaker of the House Terie Norelli discussed their careers in politics and political advocacy. The event took place on Monday, April 9. For more information about the event, click here. Learn more about ENACT here. View a full video of the event here.

The 2017 Sorensen Fellowship Anthology is now available onlinesorensencover2017

Read about the experiences of 2017 Sorensen Fellows in Progress in Process: Stories of Growth Towards Justice. View all Sorensen Anthologies here. Learn more about the Sorensen Fellowship here.

ENACT - Advocacy for Policy Change: Present and Defend present

On Wednesday, April 18, The students of Advocacy for Policy Change (LGLS 161b) attempted to persuade people to vote for their bills, which are currently being considered by the Massachusetts State Legislature. The event encouraged people to exercise their right to influence public policy! Find out more about the event here. Learn more about ENACT here.

2018 Richman Fellow Vanita Gupta visited Brandeisgupta

Vanita Gupta, the former top civil rights prosecutor in the U.S. and current president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, was awarded the 2018 Richman Fellowship. She was in residence at Brandeis on March 6-7. She gave a lecture on the importance of cultivating hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges. Read more about her visit here. View videos of her lectures here. Read a BrandeisNOW article about her visit here

'DEIS Impact 2018: A Weeklong "Festival of Social Justice"logo

Brandeis University’s seventh annual weeklong "festival of social justice" was a great success! Students, professors, clubs, and academic departments hosted dozens of events, including talks, workshops, performances, exhibits, and discussions. Learn more about 'DEIS Impact here!

Second Cohort of ENACT Fellows has been announcedenactmap

The 13 new ENACT Faculty Fellows come from colleges and universities across the United States. They join 16 Faculty Fellows who are teaching courses that engage students in hands-on study and work related to state-level legislation. Read about the newest ENACT Fellows here. Learn more about ENACT: The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation here.

Winter/Spring 2018 Ethics Central Newsletter is now availablecover

The Winter/Spring 2018 Ethics Central Newsletter is now available online. View or download it here.

From the Ethics Center Staff: Recommended Books from the Year pimparebook

The December installment of "Ethical Inquiry" includes a list of recommended books published in the last year on topics related to the work of the Ethics Center and by people affiliated with the Center. See the list of recommended books here.

Gittler Prize Winner Kimberlé Crenshaw at Brandeiscrenshaw

Winner of the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, was in residence at Brandeis University from Monday, 10/23 through Wednesday, 10/25. On Wednesday, 10/25, Crenshaw spoke at the Grand Opening Ribbon-cutting of the Richman/Gittler Library Corner before delivering the Gittler Lecture: "Race, Reform, Retrenchment Redux: Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality Beyond Post Racialism". More information about Crenshaw's visit is available here.

Complete Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Collection now availableoralhistory

All of the interviews conducted as part of the Ad Hoc Tribunals Oral History Project are now available to the public. The Oral History Project aims to preserve the voices of those individuals who worked to bring justice to areas of conflict. More information about the completion of the project is available here. The full collection can be accessed here.

Advocacy for Policy Change Anthology is now published and available onlineadvocacycover

The 2017 edition of Advocacy for Policy Change: Brandeis students work to reform Massachusetts law, which features the work of student teams from the spring 2017 Advocacy for Policy Change (LGLS 161b) course is now published. View the full publication here. Read more about Advocacy for Policy Change at Brandeis here.

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The International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life encompasses the Program in Peacebuilding and the ArtsPrograms 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


The Educational Network for Active Civic Transformation
  • A new national program to engage young people in state-level legislative change. Details.
  • 29 Faculty Fellows from colleges and universities across the country have joined Brandeis in the ENACT network.
  • Four alumni of ENACT courses from across the country have been selected as the first cohort of ENACT Student Delegates

Brandeis Campus Programs

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