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Richman Fellow Lecture and Award Presentation: Civil Rights "Living Legend" Julian Bond

julian bond2014-15 Richman Fellow Julian Bond spoke at Brandeis 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 highlighted important people and events of the 1960s, and discussed 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. See the list of public events featuring Julian Bond. 

Ethics Center LIVE! Photo Manipulation in Pursuit of "Beauty"

Brandeis students explored the ethical implications of digital photo manipulation, particularly implications concerning women, racial and ethnic conceptions of beauty, and effects on body image and expectation for young people at this event. Read the Ethical Inquiry to be discussed: "The Ethics of Digital Photo Manipulation: Alterations in Pursuit of 'Beauty". Event details on Facebook.

The Responsibility to Protect at 10: the Challenge of Protecting the World's Most Vulnerable Populations R2P conference logo

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle 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. This conference brought together leading scholars and global actors to share ideas and experiences about philosophical and practical aspects of R2P. Details.

Thoughts from the Brandeis Institute for International Judges undergraduate interns

internsTwo undergraduate interns from Brandeis provided support throughout the 2015 Brandeis Institute for International Judges: Michael Abrams '15 and Amelia Katan '15. Read their reflections on the experience.

The 4th annual 'DEIS Impact "Festival of Social Justice" was a tremendous success!

'DEIS Impacters at the 2015 Kickoff eventThe Ethics Center and the Student Union presented Brandeis University’s 4th annual weeklong "festival of social justice." Students, professors, clubs and academic departments hosted dozens of events throughout the week: talks, artmaking workshops, performances, exhibits and discussions – and a keynote by City Year co-founder and Be The Change, Inc. CEO Alan Khazei! Details.

The 10th Brandeis Institute for International Judges: "International Courts, Local Actors"

The 10th BIIJThe Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ) provides members of the international judiciary with the opportunity to meet and discuss critical issues concerning the theory and practice of international justice. The 10th BIIJ took place in Malta in January, organized by the Center in collaboration with the University of Malta. Read more.

New Sorensen Anthology: "From Looking to Bearing Witness" 2014 Sorensen Fellows

The 2014 Sorensen Fellows reflect on their experiences in the 2014 anthology 
"From Looking to Bearing Witness". Read more about the work of Ibrahima Diaboula '16, Shimon Mazor '16, Elad Mehl '16, Ngobitak Ndiwane '16Sneha Walia '15, and Shane Weitzman '16

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.

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 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

Brandeis Campus Programs

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